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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

laugh; but Betty only groaned as though she were dying. 

 

"I love you, and you only," went on d'Aguilar "As for your cousin, I 

will send her ashore. I have committed this sin because I could not help 

myself. The thought that you were to be married to another man to-morrow 

drove me mad, and I dared all to take you from his arms, even though you 

should never come to mine. Did I not swear to you," he said with an 

attempt at his old gallantry, "that your image should accompany me to 

Spain, whither we are sailing now?" And as he spoke the words the ship 

lurched a little in the wind. 

 

Margaret made no answer, only toyed with the dagger blade, and watched 

him with eyes that glittered more coldly than its steel. 

 

"Kill me, if you will, and have done," he went on in a voice that was 

desperate with love and shame. "So shall I be rid of all this torment." 

 

Then Margaret seemed to awake, for she spoke to him in a new voice--a 

measured, frozen voice. "No," she answered, "I will not stain my hands 

even with your blood, for why should I rob God of His own vengeance? If 

you attempt to touch me, or even to separate me from this poor woman 

whom you have fooled, then I will kill--not you, but myself, and I swear 

to you that my ghost shall accompany you to Spain, and from Spain down 

to the hell that awaits you. Listen, Carlos d'Aguilar, Marquis of 

Morella, this I know about you, that you believe in God and hear His 

anger. Well, I call down upon you the vengeance of Almighty God. I see 

it hang above your head. I say that it shall fall upon you, waking and 

sleeping, loving and hating, in life and in death to all eternity. Do 

your worst, for you shall do it all in vain. Whether I die or whether I 

live, every pang that you cause me to suffer, every misery that you have 

brought, or shall bring, upon the head of my betrothed, my father, and 

this woman, shall be repaid to you a millionfold in this world and the 

next. Now do you still wish that I should accompany you to Spain, or 

will you let me go?" 

 

"I cannot," he answered hoarsely; "it is too late." 

 

"So be it, I will accompany you to Spain, I and Betty Dene, and the 

vengeance of Almighty God that hovers over you. Of this at least be 

sure--I hate you, I despise you, but I fear you not at all. Go." Then 

d'Aguilar stumbled from that cabin, and the two women heard the door 

bolted behind him. 


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