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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

"In such an event, reverend Sir, how would those determined men know 

which was the victim that they sought?" 

 

"The heretic John Castell," he answered, "will be seated on an ass, 

clad in a _zamarra_ of sheepskin painted with fiends and a likeness of 

his own head burning--very well done, for I, who can draw, had a hand in 

it. Also, he alone will have a rope round his neck, by which he may 

be known." 

 

"Why will he be seated on an ass?" asked Peter savagely. "Because you 

have tortured him so that he cannot walk?" 

 

"Not so--not so," said the Dominican, shrinking from those fierce eyes. 

"He has never been questioned at all, not a single turn of the 

_mancuerda_, I swear to you, Sir Knight. What was the use, since he 

openly avows himself an accursed Jew?" 

 

"Be more gentle in your talk, friend," broke in Inez, with her familiar 

tap upon the shoulder. "There are those here who do not think so ill of 

Jews as you do in your Holy House, but who understand how to apply the 

_mancuerda_, and can make a very serviceable rack out of a plank and a 

pulley or two such as lie in the next room. Cultivate courtesy, most 

learned priest, lest before you leave this place you should add a cubit 

to your stature." 

 

"Go on," growled Peter. 

 

"Moreover," added Fray Henriques shakily, "orders came that it was not 

to be done. The Inquisitors thought otherwise, as they believed 

--doubtless in error--that he might have accomplices whose names 

he would give up; but the orders said that as he had lived so long in 

England, and only recently travelled to Spain, he could have none. 

Therefore he is sound--sound as a bell; never before, I am told, has an 

impenitent Jew gone to the stake in such good case, however worthy and 

worshipful he might be." 

 

"So much the better for you, if you do not lie," answered Peter. 

"Continue!" 

 

"There is nothing more to say, except that I shall be walking near to 

him with the two guards, and, of course, if he were snatched away from 

us, and there were no boats handy in which to pursue, we could not help 

it, could we? Indeed, we priests, who are men of peace, might even fly 

at the sight of cruel violence." 

 

"I should advise you to fly fast and far," said Peter. "But, Inez, what 

hold have you on this friend of yours? He will trick everybody." 

 

"A thousand doubloons--a thousand doubloons!" muttered old Israel like a 

sleepy parrot. 

 

"He may think to screw more than that out of the carcases of some of us, 

old man. Come, Inez, you are quick at this game. How can we best hold 


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