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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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be returned. Senor, I am already affianced. Therefore, put me out of 

your mind and find some other love." 

 

He rose and stood in front of her. 

 

"Affianced," he said, "I knew it. Nay, I will say no ill of the man; to 

revile one more fortunate is poor argument. But what is it to me if you 

are affianced? What to me if you were wed? I should seek you all the 

same, who have no choice. Beneath me? You are as far above me as a star, 

and it would seem as hard to reach. Seek some other love? I tell you, 

lady, that I have sought many, for not all are so hard to win, and I 

hate them every one. You I desire alone, and shall desire till I be 

dead, aye, and you I will win or die. No, I will not die till you are my 

own. Have no fear, I will not kill your lover, save perhaps in fair 

fight; I will not force you to give yourself to me, should I find the 

chance, but with your own lips I will yet listen to you asking me to be 

your husband. I swear it by Him Who died for us. I swear that, laying 

aside all other ends, to that sole purpose I will devote my days. Yes, 

and should you chance to pass from earth before me, then I will follow 

you to the very gates of death and clasp you there." 

 

Now again Margaret's fear returned to her. This man's passion was 

terrible, yet there was a grandeur in it; Peter had never spoken to her 

in so high a fashion. 

 

"Senor," she said almost pleadingly, "corpses are poor brides; have done 

with such sick fancies, which surely must be born of your 

Eastern blood." 

 

"It is your blood also, who are half a Jew, and, therefore, at least you 

should understand them." 

 

"Mayhap I do understand, mayhap I think them great in their own fashion, 

yes, noble even, and admire, if it can be noble to seek to win away 

another man's betrothed. But, Senor, I am that man's betrothed, and all 

of me, my body and my soul, is his, nor would I go back upon my word, 

and so break his heart, to win the empire of the earth. Senor, once more 

I implore you to leave this poor maid to the humble life that she has 

chosen, and to forget her." 

 

"Lady," answered d'Aguilar, "your words are wise and gentle, and I thank 

you for them. But I cannot forget you, and that oath I swore just now I 

swear again, thus." And before she could prevent him, or even guess what 

he was about to do, he lifted the gold crucifix that hung by a chain 

about her neck, kissed it, and let it fall gently back upon her breast, 

saying, "See, I might have kissed your lips before you could have stayed 


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