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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

possibly be managed, provided that the money is all right, for, as you 

know, I do not work for nothing. Thus----'" And Inez dictated with 

admirable lucidity those suggestions as to the rescue of Castell, with 

which the reader is already acquainted, ending the letter as follows: 

 

"'These Inquisitors here are cruel beasts, though fonder of money than 

of blood; for all their talk about zeal for the Faith is so much wind 

behind the mountains. They care as much for the Faith as the mountain 

cares for the wind, or, let us say, as I do. They wanted to torture the 

poor devil, thinking that he would rain maravedis; but I gave a hint in 

the right quarter, and their fun was stopped. Carissima, I must stop 

also; it is my hour for duty, but I hope to meet you as arranged, and we 

will have a merry evening. Love to the newly married marquis, if you 

meet him, and to yourself you know how much. 

 

"'Your 

 

"'HENRIQUES. 

 

"'POSTSCRIPTUM.--This position will scarcely be as remunerative as I 

hoped, so I am glad to be able to earn a little outside, enough to buy 

you a present that will make your pretty eyes shine.' 

 

"There!" said Inez mildly, "I think that covers everything, and would 

burn you three or four times over. Let me read it to see that it is 

plainly written and properly signed, for in such matters a good deal 

turns on handwriting. Yes, that will do. Now you understand, don't you, 

if anything goes wrong about the matter we have been talking of--that 

is, if the worthy John Castell is not rescued, or a smell of our little 

plot should get into the wind--this letter goes at once to the right 

quarter, and a certain secretary will wish that he had never been born. 

Man!" she added in a hissing whisper, "you shall die by inches as my 

sister did." 

 

"A thousand doubloons if the thing succeeds, and you live to claim 

them," croaked old Israel. "I do not go back upon my word. Death and 

shame and torture or a thousand doubloons. Now he knows our terms, 

blindfold him again, Senor Bernaldez, and away with him, for he poisons 

the air. But first you, Inez, be gone and lodge that letter where 

you know." 

 

* * * * * 

 

That same night two cloaked figures, Peter and Bernaldez, were rowed in 

a little boat out to where the _Margaret_ lay in the river, and, making 

her fast, slipped up the ship's side into the cabin. Here the stout 

English captain, Smith, was waiting for them, and so glad was the honest 


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