Containing Several Matters, Natural Enough, Perhaps, But Low
When we last checked in with Tom, he was trying to get to Bristol.
Well, he's still trying: no one whom he meets on the road seems to have any idea in which direction Bristol is.
Finally, a Quaker walking past advises Tom to go to a nearby inn for the evening.
It's getting dark, and there have been robberies on the road to Bristol lately.
So Tom stops at this inn, and the Quaker follows him.
The Quaker tries to cheer Tom up by telling him the story of his own troubles.
And the Quaker's troubles? Sound a little too close to Tom's:
The Quaker has a beloved daughter. He set her up to marry a sober, respectable young man. But instead, his daughter ran off with a friend whom she has known since they were children. This young man doesn't have a penny to his name. So the Quaker has decided to disown his daughter.
Tom begs the Quaker to leave him alone, and then refuses to spend another minute in his company.
The Quaker decides that Tom must be insane, and wants to help.
So he goes up to the innkeeper and tells him to look after Tom.
The innkeeper says he won't be doing anything for Tom.
He thought Tom was a gentleman, but it turns out he's just the nearby squire's bastard.
Once the Quaker hears this gossip, he leaves Tom alone in disgust.
The innkeeper refuses to give Tom a bed, because he's sure Tom is just waiting to rob him.
Tom falls asleep in a chair and the innkeeper spends the night watching him to be sure he doesn't steal anything.