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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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passed himself off as a worshipper of that Jesus Whom he denies?" 

 

Now Peter held up his hand. 

 

"Have done with such talk," he said. "Were your father Judas himself, 

what is that to you and me? You are mine and I am yours till death part 

us, nor shall the faith of another man stand between us for an hour. 

Sir, we thank you for your confidence, and of this be sure, that 

although it makes us sorrowful, we do not love or honour you the less 

because now we know the truth." 

 

Margaret rose from her chair, looked a while at her father, then with a 

sob threw herself suddenly upon his breast. 

 

"Forgive me if I spoke bitterly," she said, "who, not knowing that I was 

half a Jewess, have been taught to hate their race. What is it to me of 

what faith you are, who think of you only as my dearest father?" 

 

"Why weep then?" asked Castell, stroking her hair tenderly. 

 

"Because you are in danger, or so you say, and if anything happened to 

you--oh! what shall I do then?" 

 

"Accept it as the will of God, and bear the blow bravely, as I hope to 

do, should it fall," he answered, and, kissing her, left the chapel. 

 

"It seems that joy and trouble go hand in hand," said Margaret, looking 

up presently. 

 

"Yes, Sweet, they were ever twins; but provided we have our share of the 

first, do not let us quarrel with the second. A pest on the priests and 

all their bigotry, say I! Christ sought to convert the Jews, not to kill 

them; and for my part I can honour the man who clings to his own faith, 

aye, and forgive him because they forced him to feign to belong to ours. 

Pray then that neither of us may live to commit a greater sin, and that 

we may soon be wed and dwell in peace away from London, where we can 

shelter him." 

 

"I do--I do," she answered, drawing close to Peter, and soon they forgot 

their fears and doubts in each other's arms. 

 

On the following morning, that of Sunday, Peter, Margaret, and Betty 

went together to Mass at St. Paul's church; but Castell said that he was 

ill, and did not come. Indeed, now that his conscience was stirred as to 

the double life he had led so long, he purposed, if he could avoid it, 

to worship in a Christian church no more. Therefore he said that he was 

sick; and they, knowing that this sickness was of the heart, answered 

nothing. But privately they wondered what he would do who could not 

always remain sick, since not to go to church and partake of its 

Sacraments was to be published as a heretic. 


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