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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

which he knew could never come, feeling more afraid than ever he had 

been in all his life, and for the first time that day Morella smiled. 

At least he would be rid of one enemy. But Castell went to Margaret and 

kissed her tenderly. Then he shook Peter by the hand, saying: 

 

"Kill that thief," and he looked at Morella, "as I know you will, and 

would if there were ten as bad at his back. And be a good husband to my 

girl, as I know you will also, for I shall ask an account of you of 

these matters when we meet where there is neither Jew nor Christian, 

priest nor king. Now be silent, and bear what must be borne as I do, for 

I have a word to say before I leave you and the world. 

 

"Your Majesties, I make no plea for myself, and when I am questioned 

before your Inquisition the task will be easy, for I desire to hide 

nothing, and will tell the truth, though not from fear or because I 

shrink from pain. Your Majesties, you have told us that these two, who, 

at least, are good enough Christians from their birth, shall be wed. I 

would ask you if any spiritual crime, or supposed crime, of mine will be 

allowed to work their separation, or to their detriment in any way 

whatsoever." 

 

"On that point," answered the queen quickly, as though she wished to get 

in her words before the king or any one else could speak, "you have our 

royal word, John Castell. Your case is apart from their case, and 

nothing of which you may be convicted shall affect them in person or," 

she added slowly, "in property." 

 

"A large promise," muttered the king. 

 

"It is my promise," she answered decidedly, "and it shall be kept at any 

cost. These two shall marry, and if Sir Peter lives through the fray 

they shall depart from Spain unharmed, nor shall any fresh charge be 

brought against them in any court of the realm, nor shall they be 

persecuted or proceeded against in any other realm or on the high seas 

at our instance or that of our officers. Let my words be written down, 

and one copy of them signed and filed and another copy given to the Dona 

Margaret." 

 

"Your Majesty," said Castell, "I thank you, and now, if die I must, I 

shall die happy. Yet I make bold to tell you that had you not spoken 

them it was my purpose to kill myself, here before your eyes, since that 

is a sin for which none can be asked to suffer save the sinner. Also, I 

say that this Inquisition which you have set up shall eat out the heart 


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