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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

with silk. Also Peter had great bruises on his arms and thighs, and his 

back was hurt by that fall from the white charger with Morella in 

his arms. 

 

So it came about that most of that night he lay outworn, half-sleeping 

and half-waking, and when at sunrise he struggled from his berth, it was 

but to kneel by the side of Margaret and join her in her prayers that 

her father might be rescued from the hands of these cruel priests 

of Spain. 

 

Now during the night Smith had brought his ship back with the tide, and 

laid her under the shelter of those hulks whereof Peter had spoken, 

having first painted out her name of _Margaret_, and in its place set 

that of the _Santa Maria_, a vessel of about the same build and tonnage, 

which, as they had heard, was expected in port. For this reason, or 

because there were at that time many ships in the river, it happened 

that none in authority noted her return, or if they did, neglected to 

report the matter as one of no moment. Therefore, so far all went well. 

 

According to the tale of Henriques, confirmed by what they had learned 

otherwise, the great procession of the Act of Faith would turn on to the 

quay at about eight o'clock, and pass along it for a hundred yards or so 

only, before it wound away down a street leading to the _plaza_ where 

the theatre was prepared, the sermon would be preached, the Mass 

celebrated, and the "relaxed" placed in cages to be carried to the 

Quemadero. 

 

At six in the morning Smith mustered those twelve men whom he had chosen 

to help him in the enterprise, and Peter, with Margaret at his side, 

addressed them in the cabin, telling them all the plan, and praying them 

for the sake of their master and of the Lady Margaret, his daughter, to 

do what men might to save one whom they loved and honoured from so 

horrible a death. 

 

They swore that they would, every one of them, for their English blood 

was up, nor did they so much as speak of the great rewards that had been 

promised to those who lived through this adventure, and to the families 

of those who fell. Then they breakfasted, girded their swords and knives 

about them, and put on their Spanish cloaks, though, to speak truth, 

these lads of Essex and of London made but poor Spaniards. Now, at 

length the boat was ready, and Peter, although he could scarcely stand, 

desired to be carried into it that he might accompany them. But the 

captain, Smith, to whom perhaps Margaret had been speaking, set down his 


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