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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

growing ever nearer, till at length it hung above them. 

 

"Is that the ship _Margaret_?" cried their guide, and again a voice 

answered "Aye." 

 

"Then tell Master Castell that his daughter has come at last," he 

shouted again, and in another minute a rope had been thrown to them, and 

they were fast alongside a ladder on to which Betty, who was nearest to 

it, was pushed the first, except for their guide, who had run up the 

wooden steps very swiftly. 

 

Betty, who was active and strong, followed him, Margaret coming next. As 

she reached the deck Betty thought she heard a voice say in Spanish, of 

which she understood something, "Fool! Why have you brought both?" but 

the answer she could not catch. Then she turned and gave her hand to 

Margaret, and together they walked forward to the foot of the mast. 

 

"Lead me to my father," said Margaret. 

 

Whereon the guide answered: 

 

"Yes, this way, Mistress, but come alone, for the sight of two of you at 

once may disturb him." 

 

"Nay," she answered, "my cousin comes with me." And she took Betty's 

hand and clung to it. 

 

Shrugging his shoulders the sailor led them forwards, and as they went 

she noted that men were hauling on a sail, while other men, who sang a 

strange, wild song, worked on what seemed to be a windlass. Now they 

reached a cabin, and entered it, the door being shut behind them. In the 

cabin a man sat at a table with a lamp hanging over his head. He rose 

and turned towards them, bowing, and Margaret saw that it 

was--_d'Aguilar_! 

 

Betty stood silent; she had expected to meet him, though not here and 

thus. Her foolish heart bounded so at the sight of him that she seemed 

to choke, and could only wonder dimly what mistake had been made, and 

how he would explain to Margaret and get her away, leaving herself and 

him together to be married. Indeed, she searched the cabin with her eyes 

to see where the priest was waiting, then noting a door beyond, thought 

that doubtless he must be hidden there. As for Margaret, she uttered a 

little stifled cry, then, being a brave woman, one of that high nature 

which grows strong in the face of trouble, straightened herself to her 

full height and said in a low, fierce voice: 

 

"What do you here? Where is my father?" 

 

"Senora," he answered humbly, "I am on board my ship, the _San Antonio_, 

and as for your father, he is either on his ship, the _Margaret_, or 

more likely, by now, at his house in Holborn." 


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