The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, by Tobias Smollett

Table of Contents

Chapter I.

An Account of Mr. Gamaliel Pickle — The Disposition of his Sister described — He yields to her Solicitations, and returns to the Country.

Chapter II.

He is made acquainted with the Characters of Commodore Trunnion and his Adherents — Meets with them by Accident, and contracts an Intimacy with that Commander.

Chapter III.

Mrs. Grizzle exerts herself in finding a proper Match for her Brother; who is accordingly introduced to the young Lady, whom he marries in due Season.

Chapter IV.

The Behaviour of Mrs. Grizzle at the Wedding, with an Account of the Guests.

Chapter V.

Mrs. Pickle assumes the Reins of Government in her own Family — Her Sister-in-law undertakes an Enterprise of great Moment, but is for some time diverted from her Purpose by a very interesting Consideration.

Chapter VI.

Mrs. Grizzle is indefatigable in gratifying her Sister’s Longings — Peregrine is born, and managed contrary to the Directions and Remonstrances of his Aunt, who is disgusted upon that account, and resumes the Plan which she had before rejected.

Chapter VII.

Divers Stratagems are invented and put in practice, in order to overcome the obstinacy of Trunnion, who, at length, is teased and tortured into the Noose of Wedlock.

Chapter VIII.

Preparations are made for the Commodore’s Wedding, which is delayed by an Accident that hurried him the Lord knows whither.

Chapter IX.

He is found by Lieutenant — Reconducted to his own House — Married to Mrs. Grizzle, who meets with a small misfortune in the Night, and asserts her Prerogative next Morning, in consequence of which her Husband’s Eye is endangered.

Chapter X.

The Commodore being in some cases restive, his Lady has recourse to Artifice in the Establishment of her Throne — She exhibits Symptoms of Pregnancy, to the unspeakable joy of Trunnion, who, nevertheless, is balked in his expectation.

Chapter XI.

Mrs. Trunnion erects a Tyranny in the Garrison, while her Husband conceives an affection for his Nephew Perry, who manifests a peculiarity of disposition even in his tender years.

Chapter XII.

Peregrine is sent to a boarding-school — Becomes remarkable for his Genius and Ambition.

Chapter XIII.

The Commodore takes Peregrine under his own care — The Boy arrives at the Garrison — Is strangely received by his own Mother — Enters into a Confederacy with Hatchway and Pipes, and executes a couple of waggish Enterprises upon his Aunt.

Chapter XIV.

He is also, by their device, engaged in an Adventure with the Exciseman, who does not find his Account in his own Drollery.

Chapter XV.

The Commodore detects the Machinations of the Conspirators, and hires a tutor for Peregrine, whom he settles in Winchester School.

Chapter XVI.

Peregrine distinguishes himself among his School-fellows, exposes his Tutor, and attracts the particular Notice of the Master.

Chapter XVII.

He is concerned in a dangerous Adventure with a certain Gardener — Sublimes his Ideas, commences Gallant, and becomes acquainted with Miss Emily Gauntlet.

Chapter XVIII.

He inquires into the Situation of this young Lady, with whom he is enamoured — Elopes from School — Is found by the Lieutenant, conveyed to Winchester, and sends a Letter with a copy of verses to his Mistress.

Chapter XIX.

His Messenger meets with a Misfortune, to which he applies a very extraordinary Expedient that is attended with strange Consequences.

Chapter XX.

Peregrine is summoned to attend his Uncle — Is more and more hated by his own Mother — Appeals to his Father, whose Condescension is defeated by the Dominion of his Wife.

Chapter XXI.

Trunnion is enraged at the conduct of Pickle — Peregrine resents the Injustice of his Mother, to whom he explains his Sentiments in a Letter-Is entered at the University of Oxford, where he signalizes himself as a Youth of an enterprising Genius.

Chapter XXII.

He is insulted by his Tutor, whom he lampoons — Makes a considerable Progress in Polite Literature; and, in an Excursion to Windsor, meets with Emilia by accident, and is very coldly received.

Chapter XXIII.

After sundry unsuccessful Efforts, he finds means to come to an Explanation with his Mistress; and a Reconciliation ensues.

Chapter XXIV.

He achieves an Adventure at the Assembly, and quarrels with his Governor.

Chapter XXV.

He receives a Letter from his Aunt, breaks with the Commodore, and disobliges the Lieutenant, who, nevertheless, undertakes his Cause.

Chapter XXVI.

He becomes Melancholy and Despondent — Is favoured with the condescending Letter from his Uncle — Reconciles himself to his Governor, and sets out with Emilia and her Friend for Mrs. Gauntlet’s House.

Chapter XXVII.

They meet with a dreadful Alarm on the Road — Arrive at their Journey’s end — Peregrine is introduced to Emily’s Brother — These two young Gentlemen misunderstand each other — Pickle departs for the Garrison.

Chapter XXVIII.

Peregrine is overtaken by Mr. Gauntlet, with whom he fights a Duel, and contracts an intimate Friendship — He arrives at the Garrison, and finds his Mother as implacable as ever — He is insulted by his Brother Gam, whose Preceptor he disciplines with a Horsewhip.

Chapter XXIX.

He projects a plan of Revenge, which is executed against the Curate.

Chapter XXX.

Mr. Sackbut and his Pupil conspire against Peregrine, who, being apprised of their Design by his Sister, takes measures for counterworking their Scheme, which is executed by mistake upon Mr. Gauntlet — this young Soldier meets with a cordial reception from the Commodore, who generously decoys him into his own interest.

Chapter XXXI.

The two young Gentlemen display their talents for Gallantry, in the course of which they are involved in a ludicrous circumstance of Distress, and afterwards take Vengeance on the Author of their Mishap.

Chapter XXXII.

The Commodore sends a Challenge to Gamaliel, and is imposed upon by a waggish invention of the Lieutenant, Peregrine, and Gauntlet.

Chapter XXXIII.

Peregrine takes leave of his Aunt and Sister — Sets out from the Garrison-Parts with his Uncle and Hatchway on the Road, and with his Governor arrives in safety at Dover.

Chapter XXXIV.

He adjusts the Method of his Correspondence with Gauntlet; meets by accident with an Italian Charlatan, and a certain Apothecary, who proves to be a noted Character.

Chapter XXXV.

He embarks for France — Is overtaken by a Storm — Is surprised with the Appearance of Pipes — Lands at Calais, and has an Affray with the Officers at the Custom-house.

Chapter XXXVI.

He makes a fruitless Attempt in Gallantry — Departs for Boulogne, where he spends the evening with certain English Exiles.

Chapter XXXVII.

Proceeds for the Capital — Takes up his Lodging at Bernay, where he is overtaken by Mr. Hornbeck, whose Head he longs to fortify.

Chapter XXXVIII.

They set out in company, breakfast at Abbeville, dine at Amiens and, about eleven o’clock, arrive at Chantilly where Peregrine executes a Plan which he had concerted upon Hornbeck.

Chapter XXXIX.

He is involved in an Adventure at Paris, and taken prisoner by the City Guard — Becomes acquainted with a French Nobleman, who introduces him in the Beau Monde.

Chapter XL.

Acquires a distinct Idea of the French Government — Quarrels with a Mousquetaire, whom he afterwards fights and vanquishes, after having punished him for interfering in his amorous Recreations.

Chapter XLI.

Mr. Jolter threatens to leave him on account of his Misconduct, which he promises to rectify; but his Resolution is defeated by the Impetuosity of his Passions — He meets accidentally with Mrs. Hornbeck, who elopes with him from her Husband, but is restored by the Interposition of the British Ambassador.

Chapter XLII.

Peregrine resolves to return to England — Is diverted with the odd Characters of two of his Countrymen, with whom he contracts an acquaintance in the Apartments of the Palais Royal.

Chapter XLIII.

He introduces his new Friends to Mr. Jolter, with whom the Doctor enters into a Dispute upon Government, which had well nigh terminated in open War.

Chapter XLIV.

The Doctor prepares an Entertainment in the Manner of the Ancients, which is attended with divers ridiculous Circumstances.

Chapter XLV.

The Painter is persuaded to accompany Pickle to a Masquerade in Woman’s Apparel —-Is engaged in a troublesome Adventure, and, with his Companion, conveyed to the Bastille.

Chapter XLVI.

By the Fidelity of Pipes, Jolter is informed of his Pupil’s fate — Confers with the Physician — Applies to the Ambassador, who, with great difficulty, obtains the Discharge of the Prisoners on certain Conditions.

Chapter XLVII.

Peregrine makes himself Merry at the Expense of the Painter, who curses his Landlady, and breaks with the Doctor.

Chapter XLVIII.

Pallet conceives a hearty Contempt for his Fellow-traveller, and attaches himself to Pickle, who, nevertheless, persecutes him with his mischievous Talent upon the Road to Flanders.

Chapter XLIX.

Nor is the Physician sacred from his Ridicule — They reach Arras, where our Adventurer engages in Play with two French Officers, who, next Morning, give the Landlord an interesting Proof of their Importance.

Chapter L.

Peregrine moralizes upon their Behaviour, which is condemned by the Doctor, and defended by the Governor — They arrive in safety at Lisle, dine at an Ordinary, visit the Citadel — The Physician quarrels with a North Briton, who is put in Arrest.

Chapter LI.

Pickle engages with a Knight of Malta, in a Conversation upon the English Stage, which is followed by a Dissertation on the Theatres of the Ancients, by the Doctor.

Chapter LII.

An Adventure happens to Pipes, in consequence of which he is dismissed from Peregrine’s Service — The whole Company set out for Ghent, in the Diligence — Our Hero is captivated by a Lady in that Carriage — Interests her spiritual Director in his behalf.

Chapter LIII.

He makes some Progress in her Affections — Is interrupted by a Dispute between Jolter and the Jew — Appeases the Wrath of the Capuchin, who procures for him an interview with his fair Enslaver, in which he finds himself deceived.

Chapter LIV.

He makes another Effort to towards the Accomplishment of his Wish, which is postponed by a strange Accident.

Chapter LV.

They depart from Ghent — Our Hero engages in a Political Dispute with his Mistress, whom he offends, and pacifies with Submission — He practises an Expedient to detain the Carriage at Alost, and confirms the Priest in his Interest.

Chapter LVI.

The French Coquette entraps the Heart of the Jew, against whom Pallet enters into a Conspiracy, by which Peregrine is again disappointed, and the Hebrew’s Incontinence exposed.

Chapter LVII.

Pallet endeavouring to unravel the Mystery of the Treatment he had received, falls out of the Frying-pan into the Fire.

Chapter LVIII.

Peregrine, almost distracted with his Disappointment, conjures the fair Fleming to permit his Visits at Brussels — She withdraws from his Pursuit.

Chapter LIX.

Peregrine meets with Mrs. Hornbeck, and is consoled for his Loss — His Valet-de-chambre is embroiled with her Duenna, whom, however, he finds means to appease.

Chapter LX.

Hornbeck is informed of his Wife’s Adventure with Peregrine, for whom he prepares a Stratagem, which is rendered ineffectual by the Information of Pipes — The Husband is ducked for his Intention, and our Hero apprehended by the Patrol.

Chapter LXI.

Peregrine is released — Jolter confounded at his mysterious Conduct — A Contest happens between the Poet and Painter, who are reconciled by the Mediation of their Fellow-Travellers.

Chapter LXII.

The Travellers depart for Antwerp, at which place the Painter gives a loose to his Enthusiasm.

Chapter LXIII.

Peregrine artfully foments a Quarrel between Pallet and the Physician, who fight a Duel on the Ramparts.

Chapter LXIV.

The Doctor exults in his Victory — They set out for Rotterdam, where they are entertained by two Dutch Gentlemen in a Yacht, which is overturned in the Maese, to the manifest hazard of the Painter’s Life — They spend the Evening with their Entertainers, and next Day visit a Cabinet of Curiosities.

Chapter LXV.

They proceed to the Hague; from whence they depart for Amsterdam, where they see a Dutch Tragedy — Visit the Music-house, in which Peregrine quarrels with the Captain of a Man-of-War — They pass through Haerlem, in their way to Leyden — Return to Rotterdam, where the Company separates, and our Hero, with his Attendants, arrive in safety at Harwich.

Chapter LXVI.

Peregrine delivers his Letters of Recommendation at London, and returns to the Garrison, to the unspeakable joy of the Commodore and his whole Family.

Chapter LXVII.

Sees his Sister happily married — Visits Emilia, who receives him according to his Deserts.

Chapter LXVIII.

He attends his Uncle with great Affection during a Fit of Illness — Sets out again for London — Meets with his Friend Godfrey, who is prevailed upon to accompany him to Bath; on the Road to which Place they chance to Dine with a Person who entertains them with a curious Account of a certain Company of Adventurers.

Chapter LXIX.

Godfrey executes a Scheme at Bath, by which a whole Company of Sharpers is ruined.

Chapter LXX.

The two Friends eclipse all their Competitors in Gallantry, and practise a pleasant Project of Revenge upon the Physicians of the Place.

Chapter LXXI.

Peregrine humbles a noted Hector, and meets with a strange Character at the House of a certain Lady.

Chapter LXXII.

He cultivates an Acquaintance with the Misanthrope, who favours him with a short Sketch of his own History.

Chapter LXXIII.

Peregrine arrives at the Garrison, where he receives the last Admonitions of Commodore Trunnion, who next Day resigns his Breath, and is buried according to his own Directions — Some Gentlemen in the Country make a fruitless Attempt to accommodate Matters betwixt Mr. Gamaliel Pickle and his eldest Son.

Chapter LXXIV.

The young Gentleman, having settled his domestic Affairs, arrives in London, and sets up a gay Equipage — He meets with Emilia, and is introduced to her Uncle.

Chapter LXXV.

He prosecutes his Design upon Emilia with great Art and Perseverance.

Chapter LXXVI.

He prevails upon Emilia to accompany him to a Masquerade, makes a treacherous Attempt upon her Affection, and meets with a deserved Repulse.

Chapter LXXVII.

He endeavours to Reconcile himself to his Mistress, and Expostulates with the Uncle, who forbids him the House.

Chapter LXXVIII.

He projects a violent Scheme, in consequence of which he is involved in a most fatiguing Adventure, which greatly tends towards the Augmentation of his Chagrin.

Chapter LXXIX.

Peregrine sends a Message to Mrs. Gauntlet, who rejects his Proposal — He repairs to the Garrison.

Chapter LXXX.

He returns to London, and meets with Cadwallader, who entertains him with many curious Particulars — Crabtree sounds the Duchess, and undeceives Pickle, who, by an extraordinary Accident, becomes acquainted with another Lady of Quality.

Chapter LXXXI.

The Memoirs of a Lady of Quality.

Chapter LXXXII.

He persuades Cadwallader to assume the Character of a Magician, in which he acquires a great Share of Reputation, by his Responses to three Females of Distinction, who severally consult the Researches of his Art.

Chapter LXXXIII.

Peregrine and his friend Cadwallader proceed in the Exercise of the Mystery of Fortune-telling, in the course of which they achieve various Adventures.

Chapter LXXXIV.

The Conjurer and his Associate execute a Plan of Vengeance against certain Infidels who pretend to despise their Art; and Peregrine achieves an Adventure with a young Nobleman.

Chapter LXXXV.

Peregrine is celebrated as a Wit and Patron, and proceeds to entertain himself at the Expense of whom it did concern.

Chapter LXXXVI.

Peregrine receives a letter from Hatchway, in consequence of which he repairs to the Garrison, and performs the last Offices to his Aunt — He is visited by Mr. Gauntlet, who invites him to his Marriage.

Chapter LXXXVII.

Peregrine sets out for the Garrison, and meets with a Nymph of the Road, whom he takes into Keeping, and metamorphoses into a fine Lady.


He is visited by Pallet — Contracts an Intimacy with a Newmarket Nobleman, and is by the Knowing Ones taken in.

Chapter LXXXIX.

He is taken into the Protection of a great Man — Sets up for a Member of Parliament — Is disappointed in his Expectation, and finds himself egregiously outwitted.

Chapter XC.

Peregrine commences Minister’s Dependant — Meets by Accident with Mrs. Gauntlet — And descends gradually in the Condition of Life.

Chapter XCI.

Cadwallader acts the part of a Comforter to his Friend; and in his turn is consoled by Peregrine, who begins to find himself a most egregious Dupe.

Chapter XCII.

He is indulged with a second Audience by the Minister, of whose Sincerity he is convinced — His Pride and Ambition revive, and again are mortified.

Chapter XCIII.

Peregrine commits himself to the Public, and is admitted Member of a College of Authors.

Chapter XCIV.

Further proceedings of the College.

Chapter XCV.

The young Gentleman is introduced to a Virtuoso of the first Order, and commences Yelper.

Chapter XCVI.

Peregrine, finding himself neglected by Sir Steady Steerwell, expostulates with him in a Letter; in consequence of which he is forbid his House, loses his Pension, and incurs the charge of Lunacy.

Chapter XCVII.

He writes against the Minister, by whose Instigation he is arrested, and moves himself by habeas corpus into the Fleet.

Chapter XCVIII.

Pickle seems tolerably well reconciled to his Cage; and is by the Clergyman entertained with the Memoirs of a Noted Personage, whom he sees by accident in the Fleet.

Chapter XCIX.

He is surprised with the Appearance of Hatchway and Pipes, who take up their Habitation in his Neighbourhood, contrary to his Inclination and express Desire.

Chapter C.

These Associates commit an Assault upon Crabtree, for which they are banished from the Fleet — Peregrine begins to feel the effects of Confinement.

Chapter CI.

He receives an unexpected Visit; and the Clouds of Misfortune begin to separate.

Chapter CII.

Peregrine reconciles himself to the Lieutenant, and renews his Connection with Society — Divers Plans are projected in his behalf, and he has occasion to exhibit a remarkable Proof of Self-denial.

Chapter CIII.

He is engaged in a very extraordinary Correspondence, which is interrupted by a very unexpected Event.

Chapter CIV.

Peregrine holds a Consultation with his Friends, in consequence of which he bids Adieu to the Fleet — He arrives at his Father’s House, and asserts his Right of Inheritance.

Chapter CV.

He performs the last Offices to his Father, and returns to London, upon a very interesting Design.

Chapter CVI.

He enjoys an interview with Emilia, and makes himself ample Amends for all the Mortifications of his Life.

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