In Chapter 5, Adam and his father Roger are on the road to London with a group of travelers, the party of Sir Edmund de Lisle. Towards the end of the day, they are rudely summoned by Hugh to tell stories to the women in Lady Richenda's carriage. Margery, the girl about his own age whom Adam noticed earlier, requests that Adam and Nick be allowed to ride in the carriage awhile also, because she knows they must be tired. Adam tries to help his father by playing his harp, but he has forgotten to tune it, and everyone laughs. Although the ladies are kind, Adam is humiliated, and jumps off the carriage to walk. He meets a young squire named Simon, who is in love with Emilie, one of the ladies in the carriage. Adam teaches Simon a song to sing and play on his flute, while Adam accompanies him with his harp.
The party finally arrives in London, and Adam, Roger, and Nick have a swim in the river. They are to stay at the de Lisle's fine house, and after a generous meal, Adam curls up with his dog Nick and falls fast asleep.