Chapter 10 of the story is titled “Here, Nick!” and describes how Adam’s spaniel, Nick, is stolen by Jankin at the inn, in Westhumble lane, while Roger and Adam are asleep. According to the inn’s stable boy, Jankin had passed by the stables before sunrise and intimated that Roger had traded the war horse, Bayard, for Nick. He had then left the inn with Nick tucked under his arm. On hearing this news, Roger and Adam set out in pursuit of Jankin after paying the innkeeper to keep the lame Bayard in his stables in their absence. Adam is devastated by Nick’s disappearance, for he loves his dog a lot. After quite some walking, they meet a group of pilgrims, accompanied by some minstrels, who claim to have come across Jankin, who was headed for Guildford.
Chapter 11 of the story is titled “Adam Swims the Way” and dwells on the search for Nick in Guildford. Roger and Adam arrive safely in Guildford but are separated after Adam takes off alone to chase Jankin across the river. Unfortunately, Jankin gets away after he boards the ferryboat and gets to the other side of the river ahead of Adam, who misses the ferryboat and chooses to swim across the river.
Chapter 12 of the story is titled “The Ferryman’s House.” In this chapter, Adam, tired from the long chase, falls asleep outside a little house near the ferryboat landing. He is awoken by the ferryman and his wife, who live in the little house. The two take in the boy for the night and are very kind to him:
He carried Adam into the house, where they peeled off his wet clothes, rolled him in a warm blanket, fed him hot bean pottage, and put him to bed in a little room upstairs where bunches of herbs were hung from the rafters to dry.
The following day, the ferryman’s wife suggests that Jankin was most likely headed for Farnham and possibly used the road through the nearby woods. She advises Adam to go back to Guildford to find his father rather than continue with the search for Jankin and Nick. After dinner at the ferryman’s house, the ferryman takes him across the river and back to Guildford for free. Unfortunately, he misses his father who, he is told, left at about noon for Farnham via the road over Hog’s Back after hearing information to the effect that Jankin was seen headed that way. Adam spends the night at the castle and starts for Farnham in the early morning.