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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

absent from our side." 

 

"Spare me your fine words, I pray you, Senor," answered Margaret, 

frowning. "It is not fitting that I should receive you thus alone at 

night, my father being absent from the house." And she made as though 

she would pass him and reach the door. 

 

D'Aguilar, who stood in front of it, did not move, so perforce she 

stopped half way. 

 

"I found that he was absent," he said courteously, "and that is why I 

venture to address you upon a matter of some importance. Give me a few 

minutes of your time, therefore, I beseech you." 

 

Now, at once the thought entered Margaret's mind that he had some news 

of Peter to communicate to her--bad news perhaps. 

 

"Be seated, and speak on, Senor," she said, sinking into a chair, while 

he too sat down, but still in front of the door. 

 

"Senora," he said, "my business in this country is finished, and in a 

few days I sail hence for Spain." And he hesitated a moment. 

 

"I trust that your voyage will be pleasant," said Margaret, not knowing 

what else to answer. 

 

"I trust so also, Senora, since I have come to ask you if you will share 

it. Listen, before you refuse. To-day I saw your father, and begged your 

hand of him. He would give me no answer, neither yea nor nay, saying 

that you were your own mistress, and that I must seek it from 

your lips." 

 

"My father said that?" gasped Margaret, astonished, then bethought her 

that he might have had reasons for speaking so, and went on rapidly, 

"Well, it is short and simple. I thank you, Senor; but stay 

in England." 

 

"Even that I would be willing to do for your sake Senora, though, in 

truth, I find it a cold and barbarous country." 

 

"If so, Senor d'Aguilar, I think that I should go to Spain. I pray you 

let me pass." 

 

"Not till you have heard me out, Senora, when I trust that your words 

will be more gentle. See now I am a great man in my own country. 

Although it suits me to pass here incognito as plain Senor d'Aguilar I 

am the Marquis of Morella, the nephew of Ferdinand the King, with some 

wealth and station, official and private. If you disbelieve me, I can 

prove it to you." 

 

"I do not disbelieve," answered Margaret indifferently, "it may well be 

so; but what is that to me?" 

 

"Then is it not something, Lady, that I, who have blood-royal in my 

veins, should seek the daughter of a merchant to be my wife?" 

 

"Nothing at all--to me, who am satisfied with my humble lot." 


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