The Adventures of Roderick Random

Tobias SMOLLETT (1721 - 1771)


I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute. Educated in the classics, armed with a confident conscientious attitude and my long-suffering sidekick, Strap, I fight the good fight staying, on the whole, morally upstanding throughout. Today, if there be such a thing as true happiness on earth, I enjoy it -- and without having spent a fortune on college either. After hearing me out, I expect you'll be as wonderfully transported as one dear wealthy gentleman who listened to my whole story and then blessed God for the adversity I had undergone, which, he said, enlarged the understanding, improved the heart, steeled the constitution, and qualified a young man for all the duties and enjoyments of life much better than any education which affluence could bestow. Summary by Arthur Krolman.

Genre(s): Published before 1800

Language: English

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Play 00 Author's Preface and Apologue Arthur Krolman
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Play 01 Chapter I Arthur Krolman
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Play 02 Chapter II Arthur Krolman
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Play 03 Chapter III Arthur Krolman
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Play 04 Chapter IV Arthur Krolman
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Play 05 Chapter V Arthur Krolman
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Play 06 Chapter VI Arthur Krolman
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Play 07 Chapter VII Arthur Krolman
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Play 08 Chapter VIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 09 Chapter IX Arthur Krolman
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Play 10 Chapter X Arthur Krolman
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Play 11 Chapter XI Arthur Krolman
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Play 12 Chapter XII Arthur Krolman
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Play 13 Chapter XIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 14 Chapter XIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 15 Chapter XV Arthur Krolman
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Play 16 Chapter XVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 17 Chapter XVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 18 Chapter XVIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 19 Chapter XIX Arthur Krolman
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Play 20 Chapter XX Arthur Krolman
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Play 21 Chapter XXI Arthur Krolman
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Play 22 Chapter XXII Arthur Krolman
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Play 23 Chapter XXIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 24 Chapter XXIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 25 Chapter XXV Arthur Krolman
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Play 26 Chapter XXVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 27 Chapter XXVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 29 Chapter XXIX Arthur Krolman
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Play 30 Chapter XXX Arthur Krolman
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Play 31 Chapter XXXI Arthur Krolman
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Play 32 Chapter XXXII Arthur Krolman
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Play 33 Chapter XXXIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 34 Chapter XXXIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 35 Chapter XXXV Arthur Krolman
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Play 36 Chapter XXXVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 37 Chapter XXXVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 39 Chapter XXXVIX Arthur Krolman
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Play 40 Chapter XL Arthur Krolman
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Play 41 Chapter XLI Arthur Krolman
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Play 42 Chapter XLII Arthur Krolman
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Play 43 Chapter XLIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 44 Chapter XLIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 45 Chapter XLV Arthur Krolman
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Play 46 Chapter XLVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 47 Chapter XLVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 48 Chapter XLVIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 49 Chapter XLIX Arthur Krolman
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Play 50 Chapter L Arthur Krolman
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Play 51 Chapter LI Arthur Krolman
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Play 52 Chapter LII Arthur Krolman
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Play 53 Chapter LIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 54 Chapter LIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 55 Chapter LV Arthur Krolman
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Play 56 Chapter LVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 57 Chapter LVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 58 Chapter LVIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 59 Chapter LIX Arthur Krolman
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Play 60 Chapter LX Arthur Krolman
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Play 61 Chapter LXI Arthur Krolman
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Play 62 Chapter LXII Arthur Krolman
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Play 63 Chapter LXIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 64 Chapter LXIV Arthur Krolman
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Play 65 Chapter LXV Arthur Krolman
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Play 66 Chapter LXVI Arthur Krolman
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Play 67 Chapter LXVII Arthur Krolman
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Play 68 Chapter LXVIII Arthur Krolman
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Play 69 Chapter LXIX Arthur Krolman
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