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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

 

Margaret curtseyed and thanked her, whereon she said very graciously: 

 

"Come here, Senora, and sit by me a little," and she pointed to a 

footstool at her side. "When I have done this business I desire a few 

words with you." 

 

So Margaret was brought up upon the dais, and sat down at her Majesty's 

left hand upon the broidered footstool, and very fair indeed she looked 

placed thus above the crowd, she whose beauty and whose bearing were so 

royal; but Castell and Peter were led away back to the prison, though, 

seeing so many gay lords about, the latter went unwillingly enough. A 

while later, when the cases were finished, the queen dismissed the court 

save for certain officers, who stood at a distance, and, turning to 

Margaret, said: 

 

"Now, fair maiden, tell me your story, as one woman to another, and do 

not fear that anything you say will be made use of at the trial of your 

lover, since against you, at any rate at present, no charge is laid. 

Say, first, are you really the affianced of that tall gentleman, and has 

he really your heart?" 

 

"All of it, your Majesty," answered Margaret, "and we have suffered much 

for each other's sake." Then in as few words as she could she told their 

tale, while the queen listened earnestly. 

 

"A strange story indeed, and if it be all true, a shameful," she said 

when Margaret had finished. "But how comes it that if Morella desired to 

force you into marriage, he is now wed to your companion and cousin? 

What are you keeping back from me?" and she glanced at her shrewdly. 

 

"Your Majesty," answered Margaret, "I was ashamed to speak the rest, yet 

I will trust you and do so, praying your royal forgiveness if you hold 

that we, who were in desperate straits, have done what is wrong. My 

cousin, Betty Dene, has paid back Morella in his own false gold. He won 

her heart and promised to marry her, and at the risk of her own life she 

took my place at the altar, thereby securing our escape." 

 

"A brave deed, if a doubtful," said the queen, "though I question 

whether such a marriage will be upheld. But that is a matter for the 

Church to judge of, and I must speak of it no more. Certainly it is hard 

to be angry with any of you. What did you say that Morella promised you 

when he asked you to marry him in London?" 

 

"Your Majesty, he promised that he would lift me high, perhaps 

even"--and she hesitated--"to that seat in which you sit." 

 

Isabella frowned, then laughed, and said, as she looked her up and down: 


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