What happens in Chapters 19, 20, and 21 in "Adam of the Road"?

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In chapter 19, Adam starts to make his way to de Lisle House in London. He meets a peddler who he performs for in exchange for some chicken wings. They walk together until Adam leaves the peddler to go to an inn on Westhumble Lane where he says he stayed...

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In chapter 19, Adam starts to make his way to de Lisle House in London. He meets a peddler who he performs for in exchange for some chicken wings. They walk together until Adam leaves the peddler to go to an inn on Westhumble Lane where he says he stayed the night with Roger four months ago. Recognizing him, the innkeeper tells Adam that Roger has gone to London and Adam is pleased that he "had not disappeared from the face of the earth."

In chapter 20, Adam arrives in London on a cold foggy day, just before Christmas. The porter at de Lisle house tells him his father has left for Wales, but left a message for Adam to stay at de Lisle until he could find a way to get to Ludlow. His father would pick him up from there in May. Adam spends Christmas avoiding a girl called Agnes and hanging out with a boy called Matthew. Adam and Matthew spend their time going to Christmas plays and sightseeing. One day Adam is arriving back at the house when he bumps into Jankin. After tussling with him in the yard, Adams asks Jankin where his dog Nick is. Jankin tells him that he hadn't seen since near Gorhambury. Adam assumes that Nick has gone back to Dame Malkin's to look for him.

In chapter 21, Adam goes to St. Albans to look for Nick. Dame Malkin tells him that Nick was there, but that Perkin took him back to Oxford to look after him until Adam could come to pick him up. The chapter ends with Adam arriving in Oxford.

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Adam decides in Chapter 19 that the best chance he has of finding Roger is to go back to London, where Roger had planned to spend Christmas with the de Lisles.  though he has no harp, he makes up songs of his own as he travels, and meets a kind peddler with whom he shares stories and food.  When Adam arrives back at Westhumble Lane, the place where Nick had been stolen, he gets news that Roger has been there and has indeed gone on to London.

In Chapter 20 Adam arrives at de Lisle House in London only to find that Roger has gone with Sir Edmund to Wales and will not be back until May.  Disappointed, Adam spends the holidays at the House, which is habited only by a few servants, as the de Lisles have gone to Ludlow.  He wanders the streets of London with Matthew, the bailiff's son, seeking amusment during the long winter, and one day runs into Jankin, who reports that Nick has run away from him, about two weeks ago, at Gornambury, near St. Alban's.

Adam returns to St. Alban's in Chapter 21, and finds that although Nick had been there, it was too difficult to find food for him, so Perkin has taken him along on to Oxford.  Although his shoes are worn, Adam sets off for Oxford, sharing songs and stories along the way.  He meets a steward, who, impressed with Adam's minstrelsy, advises him to see a friend at Oxford who might help him study there.  Barefoot now, Adam approaches Ewelme, near Oxford.

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