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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

to raise it, we uphold the objection of the Marquis of Morella, and 

declare that this challenge is not binding on his honour. Yet we note 

his willingness to accept the same, and are prepared to do what we can 

to make the matter easy, so that it may not be said that a Spaniard, who 

has wrought wrong to an Englishman, and been asked openly to make the 

amend of arms in the presence of his sovereigns, was debarred from so 

doing by the accident of his rank. Senor Peter Brome, if you will 

receive it at our hands, as others of your nation have been proud to do, 

we propose, believing you to be a brave and loyal man of gentle birth, 

to confer upon you the knighthood of the Order of St. James, and thereby 

and therein the right to consort with as equal, or to fight as equal, 

any noble of Spain, unless he should be of the right blood-royal, to 

which place we think the most puissant and excellent Marquis of Morella 

lays no claim." 

 

"I thank your Majesties," said Peter, astonished, "for the honour that 

you would do to me, which, had it not been for the fact that my father 

chose the wrong side on Bosworth Field, being of a race somewhat 

obstinate in the matter of loyalty, I should not have needed to accept 

from your Majesties. As it is I am very grateful, since now the noble 

marquis need not feel debased in settling our long quarrel as he would 

desire to do." 

 

"Come hither and kneel down, Senor Peter Brome," said the queen when he 

had finished speaking. 

 

He obeyed, and Isabella, borrowing his sword from the king, gave him the 

accolade by striking him thrice upon the right shoulder and saying: 

 

"Rise, Sir Peter Brome, Knight of the most noble Order of Saint Iago, 

and by creation a Don of Spain." 

 

He rose, he bowed, retreating backwards as was the custom, and thereby 

nearly falling off the dais, which some people thought a good omen for 

Morella. As he went the king said: 

 

"Our Marshal, Sir Peter, will arrange the time and manner of your combat 

with the marquis as shall be most convenient to you both. Meanwhile, we 

command you both that no unseemly word or deed should pass between you, 

who must soon meet face to face to abide the judgment of God in battle 

_a l'outrance_. Rather, since one of you must die so shortly, do we 

entreat you to prepare your souls to appear before His judgment-seat. We 

have spoken." 

 

Now the audience appeared to think that the court was ended, for many of 

them began to rise; but the queen held up her hand and said: 


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