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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
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she kept the marquis at a distance, since there was no priest to marry 

them; also, she was sick and much ashamed, who had involved her cousin 

and mistress in this trouble. She told how the Senors Castell and Brome 

had followed in another vessel, and boarded the caravel in a storm; also 

of the shipwreck and their journey to Granada as prisoners, and of their 

subsequent life there. Finally she described how Inez came to her with 

proposals of marriage, and how she bargained that if she consented, her 

cousin, the Senor Castell, and the Senor Brome should go free. They went 

accordingly, and the marriage took place as arranged, the marquis first 

embracing her publicly in the presence of various people--namely, Inez 

and his two secretaries, who, except Inez, were present, and could bear 

witness to the truth of what she said. 

 

After the marriage and the signing of the certificates she had 

accompanied him to his own apartments, which she had never entered 

before, and there, to her astonishment, in the morning, he announced 

that he must go a journey upon their Majesties' business. Before he 

went, however, he gave her a written authority, which she produced, to 

receive his rents and manage his matters in Granada during his absence, 

which authority she read to the gathered household before he left. She 

had obeyed him accordingly until she had received the royal command, 

receiving moneys, giving her receipt for the same, and generally 

occupying the unquestioned position of mistress of his house. 

 

"We can well believe it," said the king drily. "And now, Marquis, what 

have you to answer to all this?" 

 

"I will answer presently," replied Morella, who trembled with rage. 

"First suffer that my advocate cross-examine this woman." 

 

So the advocate cross-examined, though it cannot be said that he had the 

better of Betty. First he questioned her as to her statement that she 

was of ancient and gentle family, whereon Betty overwhelmed the court 

with a list of her ancestors, the first of whom, a certain Sieur Dene de 

Dene, had come to England with the Norman Duke, William the Conqueror. 

After him, so she still swore, the said Denes de Dene had risen to great 

rank and power, having been the favourites of the kings of England, and 

fought for them generation after generation. 

 

By slow degrees she came down to the Wars of the Roses, in which she 

said her grandfather had been attainted for his loyalty, and lost his 


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