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HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD
JOHN CASTELL
PETER GATHERS VIOLETS
LOVERS DEAR
CASTELL'S SECRET
FAREWELL
NEWS FROM SPAIN
D'AGUILAR SPEAKS
THE SNARE
THE CHASE
THE MEETING ON THE SEA
FATHER HENRIQUES
THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN
INEZ AND HER GARDEN
PETER PLAYS A PART
BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH
THE PLOT
THE HOLY HERMANDAD
BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS
ISABELLA OF SPAIN
BETTY STATES HER CASE
THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL
FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN
THE FALCON STOOPS
HOW THE _MARGARET_ WON OUT TO SEA
ENVOI

"Well, if I grant you this position and these revenues, will you leave 

me alone and cease to press other claims upon me?" 

 

Now Betty, bethinking her of those papers that Inez had carried away 

with her, and that Castell and Margaret would know well how to use them 

if there were need, bethinking her also that if she pushed him too far 

at the beginning she might die suddenly as folk sometimes did in 

Granada, answered: 

 

"It is much to ask of a deluded woman, but I still have some pride, and 

will not thrust myself in where it seems I am not wanted. Therefore, so 

be it. Till you seek me or send for me, I will not seek you so long as 

you keep your bargain. Now write the paper, sign it, and call in your 

secretaries to witness the signature." 

 

"In whose favour must I word it?" he asked. 

 

"In that of the Marquessa of Morella," she answered, and he, seeing a 

loophole in the words, obeyed her, since if she were not his wife this 

writing would have no value. 

 

Somehow he must be rid of this woman. Of course he might cause her to be 

killed; but even in Granada people could not kill one to whom they had 

seemed to be just married without questions being asked. Moreover, Betty 

had friends, and he had enemies who would certainly ask them if she 

vanished away. No, he would sign the paper and fight the case 

afterwards, for he had no time to lose. Margaret had slipped away from 

him, and if once she escaped from Spain he knew that he would never see 

her more. For aught he knew, she might already have escaped or be 

married to Peter Brome. The very thought of it filled him with madness. 

There had been a conspiracy against him; he was outwitted, robbed, 

befooled. Well, hope still remained--and vengeance. He could still fight 

Peter, and perhaps kill him. He could hand over Castell, the Jew, to the 

Inquisition. He could find a way to deal with the priest Henriques and 

the woman Inez, and, perhaps, if fortune favoured him he could get 

Margaret back into his power. 

 

Oh! yes, he would sign anything if only thereby he was set at liberty 

and freed for a while from this servant who called herself his wife, 

this strong-minded, strong-bodied, clever Englishwoman, of whom he had 

thought to make a tool, and who had made a tool of him. 

 

So Betty dictated and he wrote: yes, it had come to this--she dictated 

and he wrote, and signed too. The order was comprehensive. It gave power 

to the most honourable Marquessa of Morella to act for him, her husband, 


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