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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

one. Is it your wish, both of you, that you should be wed before the 

single combat between the Marquis of Morella and Sir Peter Brome? 

Remember, Dona Margaret, before you answer, that in this event you may 

soon be made a widow, and that if you postpone the ceremony you may 

never be a wife." 

 

Now Margaret and Peter spoke a few words together, then the former 

answered for them both. 

 

"Should my lord fall," she said in her sweet voice that trembled as she 

uttered the words, "in either case my heart will be widowed and broken. 

Let me live out my days, therefore, bearing his name, that, knowing my 

deathless grief, none may thenceforth trouble me with their love, who 

desire to remain his bride in heaven." 

 

"Well spoken," said the queen. "We decree that here in our cathedral of 

Seville you twain shall be wed on the same day, but before the Marquis 

of Morella and you, Sir Peter Brome, meet in single combat. Further, 

lest harm should be attempted against either of you," and she looked 

sideways at Morella, "you, Senora Margaret, shall be my guest until you 

leave my care to become a bride, and you, Sir Peter, shall return to 

lodge in the prison whence you came, but with liberty to see whom you 

will, and to go when and where you will, but under our protection, lest 

some attempt should be made on you." 

 

She ceased, whereon suddenly the king began speaking in his sharp, thin 

voice. 

 

"Having settled these matters of chivalry and marriage," he said, "there 

remains another, which I will not leave to the gentle lips of our 

sovereign Lady, that has to do with something higher than either of 

them--namely, the eternal welfare of men's souls, and of the Church of 

Christ on earth. It has been declared to us that the man yonder, John 

Castell, merchant of London, is that accursed thing, a Jew, who for the 

sake of gain has all his life feigned to be a Christian, and, as such, 

deceived a Christian woman into marriage; that he is, moreover, of our 

subjects, having been born in Spain, and therefore amenable to the civil 

and spiritual jurisdiction of this realm." 

 

He paused, while Margaret and Peter stared at each other affrighted. 

Only Castell stood silent and unmoved, though he guessed what must 

follow better than either of them. 

 

"We judge him not," went on the king, "who claim no authority in such 

high matters, but we do what we must do--we commit him to the Holy 

Inquisition, there to take his trial!" 

 

Now Margaret cried aloud. Peter stared about him as though for help, 


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