What is the summary to Chapters 10, 11, and 12 in Adam of the Road?

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.

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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.

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While Adam sleeps in Chapter 10, his dog Nick is stolen by Jankin the Minstrel.  Adam and his father Roger search everywhere for Nick, but to no avail.  Roger finds a stable boy who talked to the thief, and the boy tells them Jankin is headed toward Ranmore Common, over the bridge.  Since their horse is lame, Adam and Roger set off on foot to find Nick.  They meet some travelers on the road who tell them that Jankin and the dog are heading for Guildford.

When they get to Guildford in Chapter 11, Adam catches a glimpse of Jankin and the dog, and, without thinking, runs away from his father to pursue them.  Tired from his journey, Adam is unable to keep up, but when he sees that the thief and Nick have jumped on a ferry to cross the river, he leaps into the water and swims after them. 

In Chapter 12, an exhausted Adam, realizing he has now lost both his dog and his father, falls asleep outside the Ferryman's house.  The Ferryman and his wife are kind and care for Adam, and recommend that he return to Guildford, find his father, and return to resume the search for his dog.  Adam complies, and discovers back in Guildford that Roger has spent the night entertaining at the castle, but has now gone on to Farnham, where Adam believes Jankin has gone also.  Adam spends the night with a porter, and sets off for Farnham in the morning.

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