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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

summer's day; but who knows when winter storms may rise, and often I 

have thought that I was born to know wind and rain and lightning as well 

as peace and sunshine. Remember that my father is a Jew, and that to the 

Jews and their children terrible things chance at times. Why, all this 

wealth might vanish in an hour, and you might find me in a prison, or 

clad in rags begging my bread. Now do you swear?" and she held towards 

him the gold crucifix that hung upon her bosom. 

 

"Aye," he said, "I swear it by this holy token and by your lips," and he 

kissed first the cross and then her mouth, adding, "Shall I ask the same 

oath of you?" 

 

She laughed. 

 

"If you will; but it is not needful. Peter, I think that I know you too 

well; I think that your heart will never stir even if I be dead and you 

married to another. And yet men are men, and women have wiles, so I will 

swear this: That should you slip, perchance, and I live to learn it, I 

will try not to judge you harshly." And again she laughed, she who was 

so certain of her empire over this man's heart and body. 

 

"Thank you," said Peter; "but for my part I will try to stand straight 

upon my feet, so should any tales be brought to you of me, sift them 

well, I pray you." 

 

Then, forgetting their doubts and dreads, they talked of their marriage, 

which they fixed for that day month, and of how they would dwell happily 

in Dedham Vale. Also Margaret, who well knew the house, named the Old 

Hall, where they should live, for she had stayed there as a child, gave 

him many commands as to the new arrangement of its chambers and its 

furnishing, which, as there was money and to spare, could be as costly 

as they willed, saying that she would send him down all things by wain 

so soon as he was ready for them. 

 

Thus, then, the hours wore away, until at length night came and they 

took their last meal together, the three of them, for it was arranged 

that Peter should start at moonrise, when none were about to see him go. 

It was not a very happy meal, and, though they made a brave show of 

eating, but little food passed their lips. Now the horses were ready, 

and Margaret buckled on Peter's sword and threw his cloak about his 

shoulders, and he, having shaken Castell by the hand and bade him guard 

their jewel safely, without more words kissed her in farewell, and went. 

 

Taking the silver lamp in her hand, she followed him to the ante-room. 

At the door he turned and saw her standing there gazing after him with 


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