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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

his motives, they are buried with him. Moreover, he converted me, his 

only child, who was but ten years old, and cared little whether I swore 

by 'Father Abraham' or by the 'Blessed Mary.' The paper of my baptism 

lies in my strong box still. Well, he was clever, and built up this 

business, and died unharmed five-and-twenty years ago, leaving me 

already rich. That same year I married an Englishwoman, your mother's 

second cousin, and loved her and lived happily with her, and gave her 

all her heart could wish. But after Margaret's birth, three-and-twenty 

years gone by, she never had her health, and eight years ago she died. 

You remember her, since she brought you here when you were a stout lad, 

and made me promise afterwards that I would always be your friend, for 

except your father, Sir Peter, none other of your well-born and ancient 

family were left. So when Sir Peter--against my counsel, staking his all 

upon that usurping rogue Richard, who had promised to advance him, and 

meanwhile took his money--was killed at Bosworth, leaving you landless, 

penniless, and out of favour, I offered you a home, and you, being a 

wise man, put off your mail and put on woollen and became a merchant's 

partner, though your share of profit was but small. Now, again you have 

changed staff for steel," and he glanced at the Scotchman's sword that 

still lay upon a side table, "and Margaret has loosed that rock of which 

I spoke to her." 

 

"What is the rock, Sir?" 

 

"That Spaniard whom she brought home and found so fine." 

 

"What of the Spaniard?" 

 

"Wait a while and I will tell you." And, taking a lamp, he left the 

room, returning presently with a letter which was written in cipher, and 

translated upon another sheet in John Castell's own hand. 

 

"This," he said, "is from my partner and connection, Juan Bernaldez, a 

Marano, who lives at Seville, where Ferdinand and Isabella have their 

court. Among other matters he writes this: 'I warn all brethren in 

England to be careful. I have it that a certain one whose name I will 

not mention even in cipher, a very powerful and high-born man, and, 

although he appears to be a pleasure-seeker only, and is certainly of a 

dissolute life, among the greatest bigots in all Spain, has been sent, 

or is shortly to be sent, from Granada, where he is stationed to watch 

the Moors, as an envoy to the Court of England to conclude a secret 

treaty with its king. Under this treaty the names of rich Maranos that 


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