In the midst of all the chaos, the thief escapes. Good going, guys.
Adams tries to borrow three guineas from Mr. Tow-wouse, but Tow-wouse is having none of it. Even though Adams offers him security in the form of his sermons, Tow-wouse gives him a flat "No."
Around this time, Barnabas realizes another clergyman is in the house. While Adams smokes away at his pipe, the two religious men discuss Adams's sermons. Aww, Adams has a friend.
Joseph has miraculously made a full recovery (what was wrong with him, again?), so he agrees to go on his way to the Booby country-house. Looks like this is going to be a short reunion between Adams and Joseph.
Anyway, Adams is occupied with his new friend, Barnabas. And Barnabus has a friend who happens to be a bookseller.
Adams tries to get the bookseller friend to publish his sermons, but the bookseller isn't into sermons.
But what the hey, the bookseller will take the sermons with him to London, anyway.
Adams and Barnabus start a long conversation about the merits of George Whitfield. Who's Whitfield? He's a religious scholar who's more into prayer than pleasure.
Of course, this is reason enough for Barnabus to hate Whitfield.
In arguing for Whitfield, Adams reveals that his sermons are more in favor of heathens than "vicious Christians."
The bookseller is shocked to hear this. Whoops, he's no longer interested in selling Adams's sermons.
This heated discussion is interrupted by a major commotion. And it's a dramatic one, guys.
Mrs. Tow-wouse has caught Betty in bed with Mr. Tow-wouse. In fact, you might say that Mrs. Tow-wouse is on the warpath.
See, Betty tried to get it on with Joseph, and Joseph, naturally, didn't want her, so she settled for second-best… and that would be Mr. Tow-wouse.
Now that Mr. Tow-wouse is branded an adulterer, he has to be nice to Mrs. Tow-wouse for the rest of his life.