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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

even Moors. Also, he added, that he could not say that the Englishman 

had intended to kill the soldier. 

 

Then Castell and Margaret gave their evidence, the latter with much 

modest sweetness. Indeed, when she explained that Peter was her 

affianced husband, to whom she was to have been wed on the day after she 

had been stolen away from England, and that she had cried out to him 

for help when the dead soldier caught hold of her and rent away her 

veil, there was a murmur of sympathy, and the king and queen began to 

talk with each other without paying much heed to her further words. 

 

Next they spoke to two of the judges who sat with them, after which the 

king held up his hand and announced that they had come to a decision on 

the case. It was, that, under the circumstances, the Englishman was 

justified in cutting down the soldier, especially as there was nothing 

to show that he meant to kill him, or that he knew that he belonged to 

the Holy Hermandad. He would, therefore, be discharged on the condition 

that he paid a sum of money, which, indeed, it appeared had already been 

paid to the man's widow, in compensation for the man's death, and a 

further small sum for Masses to be said for the welfare of his soul. 

 

Peter began to give thanks for this judgment; but while he was still 

speaking the king asked if any of those present wished to proceed in 

further suits. Instantly Betty rose and said that she did. Then, through 

her interpreter, she stated that she had received the royal commands to 

attend before their Majesties, and was now prepared to answer any 

questions or charges that might be laid against her. 

 

"What is your name, Senora?" asked the king. 

 

"Elizabeth, Marchioness of Morella, born Elizabeth Dene, of the ancient 

and gentle family of Dene, a native of England," answered Betty in a 

clear and decided voice. 

 

The king bowed, then asked: 

 

"Does any one dispute this title and description?" 

 

"I do," answered the Marquis of Morella, speaking for the first time. 

 

"On what grounds, Marquis?" 

 

"On every ground," he answered. "She is not the Marchioness of Morella, 

inasmuch as I went through the ceremony of marriage with her believing 

her to be another woman. She is not of ancient and gentle family, since 

she was a servant in the house of the merchant Castell yonder, 

in London." 

 

"That proves nothing, Marquis," interrupted the king. "My family may, I 

think, be called ancient and gentle, which you will be the last to deny, 


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