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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

Who can account for the impulses of the heart, which come, say some of 

the learned, from heaven, and others, from hell? At least it is no 

affair of ours, so let us wish them happiness, and, after they are 

married, a large and healthy family. Meanwhile, dear Betty, are you 

making ready for your voyage to Spain?" 

 

"I don't know," answered Betty gloomily. "I am not sure that I trust you 

and your fine words. If you want to marry me, as you swear, and be sure 

I look for nothing less, why cannot it be before we start, and how am I 

to know that you will do so when we get there?" 

 

"You ask many questions, Betty, all of which I have answered before. I 

have told you that I cannot marry you here because of that permission 

which is necessary on account of the difference in our ranks. Here, 

where your place is known, it is not to be had; there, where you will 

pass as a great English lady--as of course you are by birth--I can 

obtain it in an hour. But if you have any doubts, although it cuts me 

to the heart to say it, it would be best that we should part at once. I 

will take no wife who does not trust me fully and alone. Say then, cruel 

Betty, do you wish to leave me?" 

 

"You know I don't; you know it would kill me," she answered in a voice 

that was thick with passion, "you know I worship the ground you tread on, 

and hate every woman you go near, yes, even my cousin who has been so 

good to me, and whom I love. I will take the risk and come with you, 

believing you to be an honest gentleman, who would not deceive a girl 

who trusts him; and if you do, may God deal with you as I shall, for I 

am no toy to be broken and thrown away, as you would find out. Yes, I 

will take the risk because you have made me love you so that I cannot 

live without you." 

 

"Betty, your words fill me with rapture, showing me that I have not 

misread your noble mind; but speak a little lower--there are echoes in 

this hole. Now for the plans, for time is short, and you may be missed. 

When I am about to sail I will invite Mistress Margaret and yourself to 

come aboard my ship." 

 

"Why not invite me without my cousin Margaret?" asked Betty. 

 

"Because it would excite suspicion which we must avoid--do not interrupt 

me. I will invite you both or get you there upon some other pretext, and 

then I will arrange that she shall be brought ashore again and you taken 

on. Leave it all to me, only swear that you will obey any instructions I 


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