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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
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wrongs of Inez, though doubtless you know more about them than I do, I 

think she has given him an orange for his pomegranate. But look, there 

is the Alcazar in front of us. Is it not a splendid castle? You know, it 

was built by the Moors." 

 

"I don't care who it was built by," said Peter, "and it looks to me like 

any other castle, only larger. All I know about it is that I am to be 

tried there for knocking that ruffian on the head--and that perhaps this 

is the last we shall see of each other, as probably they will send me to 

the galleys, if they don't do worse." 

 

"Oh! say no such thing. I never thought of it; it is not possible!" 

answered Margaret, her dark eyes filling with tears. 

 

"Wait till your marquis appears, pleading the case against us, and you 

will see what is or is not possible," replied Peter with conviction. 

"Still, we have come through some storms, so let us hope for the best." 

 

At that moment they reached the gate of the Alcazar, which they had 

approached from their prison through gardens of orange-trees, and 

soldiers came up and separated them. Next they were led across a court, 

where many people hurried to and fro, into a great marble-columned room 

glittering with gold, which was called the Hall of Justice. At the far 

end of this place, seated on a throne set upon a richly carpeted dais 

and surrounded by lords and counsellors, sat a magnificently attired 

lady of middle age. She was blue-eyed and red-haired, with a 

fair-skinned, open countenance, but very reserved and quiet in her 

demeanour. 

 

"The Queen," muttered the guard, saluting, as did Castell and Peter, 

while Margaret curtseyed. 

 

A case had just been tried, and the queen Isabella, after consultation 

with her assessors, was delivering judgment in few words and a gentle 

voice. As she spoke, her mild blue eyes fell upon Margaret, and, held 

it would seem by her beauty, rested on her till they wandered off to the 

tall form of Peter and the dark, Jewish-looking Castell by him, at the 

sight of whom she frowned a little. 

 

That case was finished, and other suitors stood up in their turn, but 

the queen, waving her hand and still looking at Margaret, bent down and 

asked a question of one of the officers of the court, then gave an 

order, whereon the officer rising, summoned "John Castell, Margaret 

Castell, and Peter Brome, all of England," to appear at the bar and 

answer to the charge of murder of one Luiz of Basa, a soldier of the 


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