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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

before you to-day. Your Majesty, I did not know that he was a soldier of 

the Holy Hermandad, and I pray you pardon my offence, which was done in 

ignorance, fear, and anger, for we are willing to pay compensation for 

this unhappy death." 

 

Now some in the court exclaimed: 

 

"Well spoken, Englishman!" 

 

Then the queen said: 

 

"If all this tale be true, I am not sure that we should blame you over 

much, Senor Brome; but how know we that it is true? For instance, you 

said that the noble marquis stole two ladies, a deed of which I can 

scarcely think him capable. Where then is the other?" 

 

"I believe," answered Peter, "that she is now the wife of the Marquis of 

Morella." 

 

"The wife! Who bears witness that she is the wife? He has not advised us 

that he was about to marry, as is usual." 

 

Then Bernaldez stood forward, stating his name and occupation, and that 

he was a correspondent of the English merchant, John Castell, and 

producing the certificate of marriage signed by Morella, Betty, and the 

priest Henriques, handed it up to the queen saying that he had received 

them in duplicate by a messenger from Granada, and had delivered the 

other to the Archbishop of Seville. 

 

The queen, having looked at the paper, passed it to her assessors, who 

examined it very carefully, one of them saying that the form was not 

usual, and that it might be forged. 

 

The queen thought a little while, then said: 

 

"That is so, and in one way only can we know the truth. Let our warrant 

issue summoning before us our cousin, the noble Marquis of Morella, the 

Senora Dene, who is said to be his wife, and the priest Henriques of 

Motril, who is said to have married them. When they have arrived, all of 

them, the king my husband and I will examine into the matter, and, until 

then, we will not suffer our minds to be prejudiced by hearing any more 

of this cause." 

 

Now the governor of the prison stood forward, and asked what was to be 

done with the captives until the witnesses could be brought from 

Granada. The queen answered that they must remain in his charge, and be 

well treated, whereon Peter prayed that he might be given a better cell 

with fewer rats and more light. The queen smiled, and said that it 

should be so, but added that it would be proper that he should still be 

kept apart from the lady to whom he was affianced, who could dwell with 

her father. Then, noting the sadness on their faces, she added: 

 

"Yet I think they may meet daily in the garden of the prison." 


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