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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 the garden that morning?--Peter must be got rid of, that was all. It 

was easy enough if he chose to adopt certain means; there were many of 

those Spanish fellows who would not mind sticking a knife into his back 

in the dark. 

 

But sinful as he was, at such steps his conscience halted. Whatever 

d'Aguilar had done, he had never caused a man to be actually murdered, 

he who was a bigot, who atoned for his misdoings by periods of remorse 

and prayer, in which he placed his purse and talents at the service of 

the Church, as he was doing at this moment. No, murder must not be 

thought of; for how could any absolution wash him clean of that stain? 

But there were other ways. For instance, had not this Peter, in 

self-defence it is true, killed one of the servants of an ambassador of 

Spain? Perhaps, however, it would not be necessary to make use of them. 

It had seemed to him that the lady was not ill pleased with him, and, 

after all, he had much to offer. He would court her fairly, and if he 

were rejected by her, or by her father, then it would be time enough to 

act. Meanwhile, he would keep the sword hanging over the head of Peter, 

pretending that it was he alone who had prevented it from falling, and 

learn all that he could as to Castell and his history. 

 

Here, indeed, Fortune, in the shape of the foolish Betty, had favoured 

him. Without a doubt, as he had heard in Spain, and been sure from the 

moment that he first saw him, Castell was still secretly a Jew. Mistress 

Betty's story of the room behind the altar, with the ark and the candles 

and the rolls of the Law, proved as much. At least here was evidence 

enough to send him to the fires of the Inquisition in Spain, and, 

perhaps, to drive him out of England. Now, if John Castell, the Spanish 

Jew, should not wish, for any reason, to give him his daughter in 

marriage, would not a hint and an extract from the Commissions of their 

Majesties of Spain and the Holy Father suffice to make him change 

his mind? 

 

Thus pondering, d'Aguilar regained his lodgings, where his first task 

was to enter in a book all that Betty had told him, and all that he had 

observed in the house of John Castell. 


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