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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 lies on his ship sadly hurt. While she is with 

him I have made a plan to rescue you, and then we 

can be wed and sail at once--yes, to-night or to-morrow, 

for with much trouble, knowing that you 

wished it, I have even succeeded in bringing that 

about, and a priest will be waiting to marry us. Be 

silent, and show no doubt or fear, whatever happens, 

lest we should be parted for always. Be sure then 

that your cousin comes that you may accompany her. 

Remember that your true love waits you. 

 

"C. d'A." 

 

When Betty had mastered the contents of this amorous effusion she went 

pale with joy, and turned so faint that she was like to fall. Then a 

doubt struck her that it might be some trick. No, she knew the 

writing--it was d'Aguilar's, and he was true to her, and would marry her 

as he had promised, and take her to be a great lady in Spain. If she 

hesitated now she might lose him for ever--him whom she would follow to 

the end of the world. In an instant her mind was made up, for Betty had 

plenty of courage. She would go, even though she must desert the cousin 

whom she loved. 

 

Thrusting the letter into her bosom she ran to Margaret's room, and, 

bursting into it, told her of the man and his sad message. But of that 

letter she said nothing. Margaret turned white at the news, then, 

recovering herself, said: 

 

"I will come and speak with him at once." And together they went down 

the stairs. 

 

To Margaret the sailor repeated his story, nor could all her questions 

shake it. He told her how the mischance had happened, for he had seen 

it, so he said, and where her father's hurts were, adding, that although 

the physician held that as yet he was in no danger of his life, Master 

Castell thought otherwise, and did nothing but cry that his daughter 

should be brought to him at once. 

 

Still Margaret doubted and hesitated, for she feared she knew not what. 

 

"Peter should be here within two hours at most," she said to Betty. 

"Would it not be best to wait for him?" 

 

"Oh! Margaret, and what if your father should die in the meanwhile? 

Perhaps he knows better how deep his hurts are than does this leech. If 

so, you would have a sore heart for all your life. Sure you had better 

go, or at the least I will." 

 

Still Margaret wavered, till the sailor said: 

 

"Lady, if it is your will to come, I can guide you to where a boat waits 

to take you across the river. If not, I must be gone, for the ship sails 


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