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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

prison, and say that she should have liberty to send messages or to 

write to her, the queen, if she should so desire. 

 

On the night of that same day Morella galloped into Seville. Indeed he 

should have been there long before, but misled by the story of the Moors 

who had escorted Peter, Margaret, and her father out of Granada and seen 

them take the Malaga road, he travelled thither first, only to find no 

trace of them in that city. Then he returned and tracked them to 

Seville, where he was soon made acquainted with all that had happened. 

Amongst other things, he discovered that ten hours before swift 

messengers had been despatched to Granada, commanding his attendance and 

that of Betty, with whom he had gone through the form of marriage. 

 

On the following morning he asked an audience with the queen, but it was 

refused to him, and the king, his uncle, was away. Next he tried to win 

admission into the prison and see Margaret, only to find that neither 

his high rank and authority nor any bribe would suffice to unlock its 

doors. The queen had commanded otherwise, he was informed, and knew 

therefrom that in this matter he must reckon with Isabella as an enemy. 

Then he bethought him of revenge, and began a search for Inez and the 

priest Henriques of Motril, only to find that the former had vanished, 

none knew whither, and the holy father was safe within the walls of the 

Inquisition, whence he was careful not to emerge, and where no layman, 

however highly placed, could enter to lay a hand upon one of its 

officers. So, full of rage and disappointment, he took counsel of 

lawyers and friends, and prepared to defend the suit which he saw would 

be brought against him, hoping that chance might yet deliver Margaret 

into his hands. One good card he held, which now he determined to play. 

Castell, as he knew, was a Jew who for years had posed as a Christian, 

and for such there was no mercy in Seville. Perhaps for her father's 

sake he might yet be able to work upon Margaret, whom now he desired to 

win more fiercely than ever before. 

 

At least it was certain that he would try this, or any other means, 

however base, rather than see her married to his rival, Peter Brome. 

Also there was the chance that this Peter might be condemned to 

imprisonment, or even to death, for the killing of a soldier of the 

Hermandad. 

 

So Morella made him ready for the great struggle as best he could, and, 

since he could not stop her coming, awaited the arrival of Betty 


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