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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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first have stripped him of his gains and very garments. And then think 

what it means to escape all these woes and terrors, and, by the doffing 

of a bonnet, and the mumbling of certain prayers with the lips in 

public, to find sanctuary, peace, and protection within the walls of 

Mother Church, and thus fostered, to grow rich and great." 

 

He paused as though for a reply, but as they did not speak, went on: 

 

"Moreover, as a child, I was baptized into your Church; but my heart, 

like that of my father, remained with the Jews, and where the heart goes 

the feet follow." 

 

"That makes it worse," said Peter, as though speaking to himself. 

 

"My father taught me thus," Castell went on, as though pleading his case 

before a court of law. 

 

"We must answer for our own sins," said Peter again. 

 

Then at length Castell took fire. 

 

"You young folk, who as yet know little of the terrors of the world, 

reproach me with cold looks and colder words," he said; "but I wonder, 

should you ever come to such a pass as mine, whether you will find the 

heart to meet it half as bravely? Why do you think that I have told you 

this secret, that I might have kept from you as I kept it from your 

mother, Margaret? I say because it is a part of my penance for the sin 

which I have sinned. Aye, I know well that my God is a jealous God, and 

that this sin will fall back on my head, and that I shall pay its price 

to the last groat, though when and how the blow will strike me I know 

not. Go you, Peter, or you, Margaret, and denounce me if you will. Your 

priests will speak well of you for the deed, and open to you a shorter 

road to Heaven, and I shall not blame you, nor lessen your wealth by a 

single golden noble." 

 

"Do not speak so madly, Sir," said Peter; "these matters are between you 

and God. What have we to do with them, and who made us judges over you? 

We only pray that your fears may come to nothing, and that you may reach 

your grave in peace and honour." 

 

"I thank you for your generous words, which are such as befit your 

nature," said Castell gently; "but what says Margaret?" 

 

"I, father?" she answered, wildly. "Oh! I have nothing to say. He is 

right. It is between you and God; but it is hard that I must lose my 

love so soon." Peter looked up, and Castell answered: 

 

"Lose him! Why, what did he swear but now?" 

 

"I care not what he swore; but how can I ask him, who is of noble, 

Christian birth, to marry the daughter of a Jew who all his life has 


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