Chapter 1 begins with Adam Quartermayne wishing for his father's return. Adam is attending school in the Abbey of St. Alban.
Adam's father, Roger, left Adam at St. Alban five months ago in order to attend minstrel school. According to the text, Roger is already a famed performer, sought after by important lords and ladies. He is always richly rewarded after his performances.
Before Adam attended St. Alban, the eleven-year-old always accompanied his father to performances. As for Adam himself, he is so proud of his father' fame that he often boasts about the latter to his school peers.
At school, Adam draws comfort from his harp, Nick (his dog), and Perkin (his closest friend). These three help him endure his father's absence. Outside of school hours, Adam often plays his harp for his friends. He sings in his Northern dialect and in French, which impresses the other boys. The masters, however, disapprove of Adam singing minstrels' songs. They often stop him and tell him to talk about the...
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