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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

yet I have played the part of a servant on an occasion which I think the 

queen here will remember"--an allusion at which the audience, who knew 

well enough to what it referred, laughed audibly, as did her Majesty[1]. 

"The marriage and rank are matters for proof," went on the king, "if 

they are questioned; but is it alleged that this lady has committed any 

crime which prevents her from pleading?" 

 

"None," answered Betty quickly, "except that of being poor, and the 

crime, if it is one, as it may be, of having married that man, the 

Marquis of Morella," whereat the audience laughed again. 

 

"Well, Madam, you do not seem to be poor now," remarked the king, 

looking at her gorgeous and bejewelled apparel; "and here we are more 

apt to think marriage a folly than a crime," a light saying at which the 

queen frowned a little. "But," he added quickly, "set out your case, 

Madam, and forgive me if, until you have done so, I do not call you 

Marchioness." 

 

[Footnote 1: When travelling from Saragossa to Valladolid to be married 

to Isabella, Ferdinand was obliged to pass himself off as a valet. 

Prescott says: "The greatest circumspection, therefore, was necessary. 

The party journeyed chiefly in the night; Ferdinand assumed the disguise 

of a servant and, when they halted on the road, took care of the mules 

and served his companions at table."] 

 

"Here is my case, Sire," said Betty, producing the certificate of 

marriage and handing it up for inspection. 

 

The judges and their Majesties inspected it, the queen remarking that a 

duplicate of this document had already been submitted to her and passed 

on to the proper authorities. 

 

"Is the priest who solemnised the marriage present?" asked the king; 

whereon Bernaldez, Castell's agent, rose and said that he was, though he 

neglected to add that his presence had been secured for no mean sum. 

 

One of the judges ordered that he should be called, and presently the 

foxy-faced Father Henriques, at whom the marquis glared angrily, 

appeared bowing, and was sworn in the usual form, and, on being 

questioned, stated that he had been priest at Motril, and chaplain to 

the Marquis of Morella, but was now a secretary of the Holy Office at 

Seville. In answer to further questions he said that, apparently by the 

bridegroom's own wish, and with his full consent, on a certain date at 

Granada, he had married the marquis to the lady who stood before them, 


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