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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

land and titles, so that her father, whose only child she was--being now 

the representative of the noble family, Dene de Dene--fell into poverty 

and a humble place in life. However, he married a lady of even more 

distinguished race than his own, a direct descendant of a noble Saxon 

family, far more ancient in blood than the upstart Normans. At this 

point, while Peter and Margaret listened amazed, at a hint from the 

queen, the bewildered court interfered through the head alcalde, praying 

her to cease from the history of her descent, which they took for 

granted was as noble as any in England. 

 

Next she was examined as to her relations with Morella in London, and 

told the tale of his wooing with so much detail and imaginative power 

that in the end that also was left unfinished. So it was with 

everything. Clever as Morella's advocate might be, sometimes in English 

and sometimes in the Spanish tongue, Betty overwhelmed him with words 

and apt answers, until, able to make nothing of her, the poor man sat 

down wiping his brow and cursing her beneath his breath. 

 

Then the secretaries were sworn, and after them various members of 

Morella's household, who, although somewhat unwillingly, confirmed all 

that Betty had said as to his embracing her with lifted veil and the 

rest. So at length Betty closed her case, reserving the right to address 

the court after she had heard that of the marquis. 

 

Now the king, queen, and their assessors consulted for a little while, 

for evidently there was a division of opinion among them, some thinking 

that the case should be stopped at once and referred to another 

tribunal, and others that it should go on. At length the queen was heard 

to say that at least the Marquis of Morella should be allowed to make 

his statement, as he might be able to prove that all this story was a 

fabrication, and that he was not even at Granada at the time when the 

marriage was alleged to have taken place. 

 

The king and the alcaldes assenting, the marquis was sworn and told his 

story, admitting that it was not one which he was proud to repeat in 

public. He narrated how he had first met Margaret, Betty, and Peter at a 

public ceremony in London, and had then and there fallen in love with 

Margaret, and accompanied her home to the house of her father, the 

merchant John Castell. 

 

Subsequently he discovered that this Castell, who had fled from Spain 

with his father in childhood, was that lowest of mankind, an unconverted 


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