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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

he guessed it must be, also that Margaret should have been troubled with 

his love-making; but for the rest he thought little of the matter, who 

trusted her as he trusted heaven. Still it made him anxious to return to 

London as soon as might he, even though he must take the risk of the 

Spaniards' daggers. Within three days, however, he received other 

letters both from Castell and from Margaret, which set his fears 

at rest. 

 

These told him that d'Aguilar had sailed for Spain indeed, Castell said 

that he had seen him standing on the poop of the Ambassador de Ayala's 

vessel as it dropped down the Thames towards the sea. Moreover, Margaret 

had a note of farewell from his hand, which ran: 

 

"Adieu, sweet lady, till that predestined hour when 

we meet again. I go, as I must, but, as I told you, your 

image goes with me. 

 

"Your worshipper till death, 

 

"MORELLA." 

 

"He may take her image so long as I keep herself and if he comes back 

with his worship, I promise him that death and he shall not be far 

apart," was Peter's grim comment as he laid the paper down. Then he went 

on with his letters, which told that now, when the Spaniards had gone, 

and there was nothing more to fear, he was awaited in London. Indeed, 

Castell fixed a day when he should arrive--May 31st--that was within a 

week, adding that on its morrow--namely, June 1st, for Margaret would 

not be wed in May, the Virgin Mary's month, since she held it to be 

unlucky--their marriage might take place as quietly as they would. 

 

Margaret wrote the same news, and in such sweet words that he kissed her 

letter, then hastened to answer it, shortly, after his custom, for Peter 

was no great scribe, saying, that if the saints willed it he would be 

with them by nightfall on the last day of May, and that in all England 

there was no happier man than he. 

 

* * * * * 

 

Now all that week Margaret was very busy preparing her marriage robe, 

and other garments also, for it was settled that on the next day they 

should ride together down to Dedham, in Essex, whither her father would 

follow them shortly. The Old Hall was not ready, indeed, nor would it be 

for some time; but Peter had furnished certain rooms in it which might 

serve them for the summer season, and by winter time the house would be 

finished and open. 

 

Castell was busy also, for now, having worked very hard at the task, his 

ship the _Margaret_ was almost refitted and laden, so that he hoped to 


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