What is the summary to Chapters 2, 3, and 4 in Adam of the Road?

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In Chapter Two of the story, titled “Nick,” Adam and his best friend Perkin go to visit Adam’s spaniel, Nick, at Dame Malkin’s cottage. It is Saint Alban’s day, and the two boys are free to do as they please for most of the day. Nick is described as a...

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In Chapter Two of the story, titled “Nick,” Adam and his best friend Perkin go to visit Adam’s spaniel, Nick, at Dame Malkin’s cottage. It is Saint Alban’s day, and the two boys are free to do as they please for most of the day. Nick is described as a “red dog, with flopping ears, big fringy feet, and a frantic tail.” Nick is very happy to see the two boys. Adam gives Nick a piece of meat, while Perkin gives the dog a piece of bread. Later, Dame Malkin invites the boys in for a meal of cake and milk. After the meal Adam sings a tune for the elderly woman, who then gives him news of his father, Roger—how it was very likely that Roger had joined Sir Edmund’s household as its new minstrel, and how the whole household was expected to spend the night at the abbey on that, or the following day. Adam has truly missed Roger and is excited to get this news. The two boys and the dog leave Dame Malkin’s cottage for the heath, where they hope to catch sight of Sir Edmund’s entourage.

Chapter Three of the story is titled “Roger.” It talks about Roger’s arrival at the abbey. Adam and Perkin see the approaching entourage from the heath where they have been standing since leaving Dame Malkin’s cottage. Roger comes riding a war horse called Bayard. The horse is given to Roger by Sir Edmund as a gift and is described as a “beautiful dappled gray tall and strong” horse. Adam wants to know whether his father intends to take him with him in his travels. He is relieved when his father agrees to do so. However, he is saddened by thoughts of leaving his dear friend Perkin behind. Roger reminds the two friends that “nothing in the world is all good, or all bad either.”

Chapter Four of the story is titled “The Road.” It starts with an excited Adam packing his belongings at the dormitory of the school. Afterward, he attends the service at the abbey church, then leaves to look for Roger. Roger and Adam ride Bayard during this part of the journey. Nick has to run after them. Adam sees the road ahead of them and is awed by it. Roger then explains to Adam why the road is important in their trade as minstrels. He tells him this:

The road is a kind of holy thing. That’s why it is a good work to keep a road in repair, like giving alms to the poor or tending the sick. It’s open to the sun and wind and rain. It brings all kinds of people and all parts of England together. And it’s home to a minstrel, even though he may happen to be sleeping in a castle.

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In Chapter 2, Adam and Perkin go to visit Adam's dog Nick.  It is St. Alban's day, and with all the celebrations at the Abbey no one will notice the boys leaving the grounds, but they are careful not to be noticed because Adam doesn't want anyone to know he has a dog.  Nick is happy to see the boys, and does tricks to get the treats Adam has brought.  Adam tells Perkin that a minstrel's dog must know how to entertain.  He later plays the harp for Dame Malkin, who cares for Nick.  The woman hints to Adam that his father might be coming.

On their way back to the Abbey in Chapter 3, the boys see a group of travelers on the road.  The group includes a magnificent carriage with a little girl in it.  Then, to his delight, Adam sees a Roger, his father, riding a great horse called Bayard.  Adam is reunited with Roger, and will leave the Abbey with him tomorrow.  His only sadness is that he will miss Perkin.

In Chapter 4, Adam goes back on the road with Roger, sitting up behind him on Bayard's back.  Adam meets the French girl in the carriage, and her companion, an unfriendly boy named Hugh.  The girl is Margery, and she and Adam get along well.  Adam and Roger stop by to pick up Nick, who quickly learns to follow along without a leash.  As they travel down the road, Adam's father tells him that the Romans made the road they are traveling hundreds of years ago.  He says "a road's a kind of holy thing...home to a minstrel".

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