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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

tears of which Margaret spoke may come, and then you can wipe away each 

other's? Take now her hand, Peter, and swear by the Rood, that symbol 

which you worship"--here Peter glanced at him, but he went on--"swear, 

both of you that come what may, together or separate, through good 

report or evil report, through poverty or wealth, through peace or 

persecutions, through temptation or through blood, through every good or 

ill that can befall you in this world of bittersweet, you will remain 

faithful to your troth until you be wed, and after you are wed, faithful 

to each other till death do part you." 

 

These words he spoke to them in a voice that was earnest almost to 

passion, searching their faces the while with his quick eyes as though 

he would read their very hearts. His mood crept from him to them; once 

again they felt something of that fear which had fallen on them in the 

garden when they passed into the shadow of the Spaniard. Very solemnly 

then, and with little of true lovers' joy, did they take each other's 

hands and swear by the Cross and Him Who hung on it, that through these 

things, and all others they could not foretell, they would, if need 

were, be faithful to the death. 

 

"And beyond it also," added Peter; while Margaret bowed her stately head 

in sweet assent. 

 

"Children," said Castell, "you will be rich--few richer in this 

land--though mayhap it would be wise that you should not show all your 

wealth at once, or ape the place of a great house, lest envy should fall 

upon your heads and crush you. Be content to wait, and rank will find 

you in its season, or if not you, your children. Peter, I tell you now, 

lest I should forget it, that the list of all my moneys and other 

possessions in chattels or lands or ships or merchandise is buried 

beneath the floor of my office, just under where my chair stands. Lift 

the boards and dig away a foot of rubbish, and you will find a stone 

trap, and below an iron box with the deeds, inventories, and some very 

precious jewels. Also, if by any mischance that box should be lost, 

duplicates of nearly all these papers are in the hands of my good friend 

and partner in our inland British trade, Simon Levett, whom you know. 

Remember my words, both of you." 

 

"Father," broke in Margaret in an anxious voice, "why do you speak of 

the future thus?--I mean, as though you had no share in it? Do you 

fear aught?" 

 

"Yes, daughter, much, or rather I expect, I do not fear, who am 


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