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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

of Spain and bring her greatness to the dust of death. The torture and 

the misery of those Jews, than whom you have no better or more faithful 

subjects, shall be avenged on the heads of your children's children for 

so long as their blood endures." 

 

He finished speaking, and, while something that sounded like a gasp of 

fear rose from that crowded court as the meaning of Castell's bold words 

came home to his auditors, the crowd behind him separated, and there 

appeared, walking two by two, a file of masked and hooded monks and a 

guard of soldiers, all of whom doubtless were in waiting. They came to 

John Castell, they touched him on the shoulder, they closed around him, 

hiding him as it were from the world, and in the midst of them he 

vanished away. 

 

Peter's memories of that strange day in the Alcazar at Seville always 

remained somewhat dim and blurred. It was not wonderful. Within the 

space of a few hours he had been tried for his life and acquitted. He 

had seen Betty, transformed from a humble companion into a magnificent 

and glittering marchioness, as a chrysalis is transformed into a 

butterfly, urge her strange suit against the husband who had tricked 

her, and whom she had tricked, and, for the while at any rate, more than 

hold her own, thanks to her ready wit and native strength of character. 

 

As her champion, and that of Margaret, he had challenged Morella to a 

single combat, and when his defiance was refused on the ground of his 

lack of rank, by the favour of the great Isabella, who wished to use him 

as her instrument, doubtless because of those secret ambitions of 

Morella's which Margaret had revealed to her, he had been suddenly 

advanced to the high station of a Knight of the Order of St. James of 

Spain, to which, although he cared little for it, otherwise he might 

vainly have striven to come. 

 

More, and better far, the desire of his heart would at length be 

attained, for now it was granted to him to meet his enemy, the man whom 

he hated with just cause, upon a fair field, without favour shown to one 

or the other, and to fight him to the death. He had been promised, 

further, that within some few days Margaret should be given to him as 

wife, although it well might be that she would keep that name but for a 

single hour, and that until then they both should dwell safe from 

Morella's violence and treachery; also that, whatever chanced, no suit 

should lie against them in any land for aught that they did or had 


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