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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
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CHAPTER IV 

 

LOVERS DEAR

 

 

"Peter!" gasped Margaret--"_Peter!_" 

 

But Peter made no answer, only he who had been red of face went white, 

so that the mark of the sword-cut across his cheek showed like a scarlet 

line upon a cloth. 

 

"Peter!" repeated Margaret, pulling at her hand which he still held, "do 

you know what you have done?" 

 

"It seems that you do, so what need is there for me to tell you?" he 

muttered. 

 

"Then it was not an accident; you really meant it, and you are not 

ashamed." 

 

"If it was, I hope that I may meet with more such accidents." 

 

"Peter, leave go of me. I am going to tell my father, at once." 

 

His face brightened. 

 

"Tell him by all means," he said; "he won't mind. He told me----" 

 

"Peter, how dare you add falsehood to--to--you know what. Do you mean to 

say that my father told you to kiss me, and at six o'clock in the 

morning, too?" 

 

"He said nothing about kissing, but I suppose he meant it. He said that 

I might ask you to marry me." 

 

"That," replied Margaret, "is a very different thing. If you had asked 

me to marry you, and, after thinking it over for a long while, I had 

answered Yes, which of course I should not have done, then, perhaps, 

before we were married you might have--Well, Peter, you have begun at 

the wrong end, which is very shameless and wicked of you, and I shall 

never speak to you again." 

 

"I daresay," said Peter resignedly; "all the more reason why I should 

speak to you while I have the chance. No, you shan't go till you have 

heard me. Listen. I have been in love with you since you were twelve 

years old--" 

 

"That must be another falsehood, Peter, or you have gone mad. If you had 

been in love with me for eleven years, you would have said so." 

 

"I wanted to, always, but your father refused me leave. I asked him 

fifteen months ago, but he put me on my word to say nothing." 

 

"To say nothing--yes, but he could not make you promise to show 

nothing." 

 

"I thought that the one thing meant the other; I see now that I have 

been a fool, and, I suppose, have overstayed my market," and he looked 

so depressed that Margaret relented a little. 

 

"Well," she said, "at any rate it was honest, and of course I am glad 

that you were honest." 

 

"You said just now that I told falsehoods--twice; if I am honest, how 

can I tell falsehoods?" 

 

"I don't know. Why do you ask me riddles? Let me go and try to forget 

all this." 

 

"Not till you have answered me outright. Will you marry me, Margaret? If 


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