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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

get her to sea on this same May 31st, and thus be clear of the last of 

his business, except the handing over of his warehouses and stock to 

those who had bought them. These great affairs kept him much at 

Gravesend, where the ship lay, but, as he had no dread of further 

trouble now that d'Aguilar and the other Spaniards, among them that band 

of de Ayala's servants who had vowed to take Peter's life, were gone, 

this did not disturb him. 

 

Oh! happy, happy was Margaret during those sweet spring days, when her 

heart was bright and clear as the skies from which all winter storms had 

passed. So happy was she indeed, and so full of a hundred joyful cares, 

that she found no time to take note of her cousin Betty, who worked with 

her at her wedding broideries, and helped to make preparations for the 

journey which should follow after. Had she done so, she might have seen 

that Betty was anxious and distressed, like one who waited for some 

tidings that did not come, and from hour to hour fought against anguish 

and despair But she took no note, whose heart was too full of her own 

matters, and who did but count the hours till she should see her lover 

back and pass to his arms, a wife. 

 

Thus the time went on until the appointed day of Peter's return, the 

morrow of her marriage, for which all things were now prepared, down to 

Peter's wedding garments, that were finer than any she had yet seen him 

wear, and the decking of the neighbouring church with flowers. In the 

early morning her father rode away to Gravesend with the most of his 

men-servants for the ship _Margaret_ was to sail at the following dawn 

and there was yet much to be done before she could lift anchor. Still, 

he had promised to be back by nightfall in time to meet Peter who, 

leaving Dedham that morning, could not reach them before then. 

 

At length it was past four of the afternoon, and everything being 

finished, Margaret went to her room to dress herself anew, that she 

might look fine in Peter's eyes when he should come. Betty she did not 

take with her, for there were things to which her cousin must attend; 

moreover, her heart was so full that she wished to be alone a while. 

 

Betty's heart was full also, but not with joy. She had been deceived. 

The fine Spanish Don, who had made her love him so desperately, had 

sailed away and left her without a word. She could not doubt it, he had 

been seen standing on the ship--and not one word. It was cruel, cruel, 

and now she must help another woman to be made a happy wife, she who was 


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