Main  Contacts  
Table of contents
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

 

But if he did not accompany them himself, Castell, without their 

knowledge, sent two of his stoutest servants, bidding these keep near to 

them and see that they came home safe. 

 

Now, when they left the church, Peter saw two Spaniards, whose faces he 

thought he knew, who seemed to be watching them, but, as he lost sight 

of them presently in the throng, said nothing. Their shortest way home 

ran across some fields and gardens where there were few houses. This 

lane, then, they followed, talking earnestly to each other, and noting 

nothing till Betty behind called out to them to beware. Then Peter 

looked up and saw the two Spaniards scrambling through a gap in the 

fence not six paces ahead of them, saw also that they laid their hands 

upon their sword-hilts. 

 

"Let us pass them boldly," he muttered to Margaret; "I'll not turn my 

back on a brace of Spaniards," but he also laid his hand upon the hilt 

of the sword he wore beneath his cloak, and bade her get behind him. 

 

Thus, then, they came face to face. Now, the Spaniards, who were 

evil-looking fellows, bowed courteously enough, and asked if he were not 

Master Peter Brome. They spoke in Spanish; but, like Margaret Peter knew 

this tongue, if not too well, having been taught it as a child, and 

practised it much since he came into the service of John Castell, who 

used it largely in his trade. 

 

"Yes," he answered. "What is your business with me?" 

 

"We have a message for you, Senor, from a certain comrade of ours, one 

Andrew, a Scotchman, whom you met a few nights ago," replied the 

spokesman of the pair. "He is dead, but still he sends his message, and 

it is that we should ask you to join him at once. Now, all of us 

brothers have sworn to deliver that message, and to see that you keep 

the tryst. If some of us should chance to fail, then others will meet 

you with the message until you keep that tryst." 

 

"You mean that you wish to murder me," said Peter, setting his mouth and 

drawing the sword from beneath his cloak. "Well, come on, cowards, and 

we will see whom Andrew gets for company in hell to-day. Run back, 

Margaret and Betty--run." And he tore off his cloak and threw it over 

his left arm. 

 

So for a moment they stood, for he looked fierce and ill to deal with. 

Then, just as they began to feint in front of him, there came a rush of 

feet, and on either side of Peter appeared the two stout serving-men, 

also sword in hand. 

 

"I am glad of your company," he said, catching sight of them out of the 


Page 7 from 9:  Back   1   2   3   4   5   6  [7]  8   9   Forward