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Key events in Chapter 15 of "Adam of the Road."


Chapter 15 of Adam of the Road includes Adam's experiences as he continues his journey. Notable events involve Adam's encounters with various characters, his ongoing search for his lost dog, Nick, and the challenges he faces along the way, which test his resilience and determination.

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What occurs in Chapter 15 of Adam of the Road?

Adam journeys to Winchester with Daun Williams.  At first he is almost euphoric with hope and good feeling, but by the second day he feels considerably more apprehensive at what he will find in the big city.  When they get to Winchester, Daun Williams goes "straight to the largest inn on Cheap Street", but there is room only for the older man.  Daun Williams tells Adam to go to the Strangers' Hall, where the monks of St. Swithin's lodge poor pilgrims.

Adam does as he is told, and indeed finds a place to stay among the pilgrims.  He searches for Roger, but does not find him; one man advises him to search for his father at the inns, while another red-bearded fellow tells him that "Giles's Hill is where you'll find the minstrels.  Adam falls asleep to the sound of the pilgrims talking about King Edward, whom they love, and Parliament, which they scorn.

In the morning, Adam sets out for Giles's Fair.  There he finds tremendous crowds, booths and tents of all sorts, and entertainers of every kind.  Sadly, "there (are) hundreds of people, there (are) thousands of people, but no Roger".  Adam begins to fear he will never find his father and his dog.  He seeks out the Street of Dover and is reunited with Daun Williams in his booth.  Daun Williams tells Adam that "it may take...several days" to find Roger and Nick, and offers to let Adam spend the nights in his booth.

Adam continues his search during the following days to no avail.  One evening, while he is eating dinner, he gets into a conversation with a palmer, who has made pilgrimages to many shrines.  The palmer tells him that at the shrine of St. James he experienced a miracle; his lame leg was cured.  This gives Adam an idea - he will go to St. Swithin's and pray for a miracle.  Joining the other pilgrims at the Cathedral, Adam kneels at the shrine, closes his eyes, and prays "as he had been taught at St. Alban's".  He waits for the saint to answer his prayers, but when he opens his eyes, there is still no Roger (Chapter 15).

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What are five events in chapter 15 of Adam of The Road?

After observing a robbery and reporting it to the bailiff, Adam recovers his harp and attains the gratitude of Daun Williams in Chapter 14. Then, in Chapter 15, "St. Giles Fair," Adams rides with Daun to Winchester, and they feel warmly toward one another:

The first day after the robbery and the rescue they glowed with affection for each other.

Here are several of the events that occur in this chapter:

  1. On the second day of their journey, they travel down the valley of the Itchen River where they encounter crowds of people on their way to the Fair.
  2. After they arrive in Winchester, Daun Williams goes to the largest inn on Cheap Street; however, it is so crowded that Daun must sleep with two other gentlemen, and there is no room for Adam.  Daun instructs Adam to go to Stranger's Hall at the St Swithin's monastery.
  3. There Adam meets a sailor who invites him to sleep near him on his cloak. Adam asks if anyone has seen his father, Roger the Minstrel, but the sailor tells him to go to the St. Giles Fair the next day because that is where the minstrels will be.
  4. The next morning the pilgrims at St. Swithin's Hall go to the shrine of the cathedral, and from there they walk to the prior's lodging for food and alms.
  5. Adams returns to Cheap Street, and from there he sets out for Giles Hall and the Fair.
  6. At the Fair every trade has its own street; so, Adam searches for his father, talking to everyone he can. He speaks with a palmer; when the palmer claims to have received the miracle of regaining the use of a lame leg, Adams asks him about how to procure a miracle. The palmer tells him to return to the cathedral.
  7. Adam returns to the cathedral and prays.

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