Asterisk denotes entries on real places.
Schoolhouse hall. Large chamber, thirty feet long and eighteen feet high that is the setting for many of the indoor events in the story. Along one side are two large fireplaces whose blazing fires provide the heat and much of the light. There are two long tables where the boys eat, one in the middle of the room and the other closer to the wall. It is in this room that Tom first sees the august headmaster, Dr. Thomas Arnold, presiding over the main meal, served at midday. This room is the site of mealtime pranks, companionable chats, and school singings. It is also the place where Tom is dangled before one of the great fireplaces by Flashman, the school bully.
Study rooms. The boys’ studies are important in the novel. The study rooms are roughly six by four feet assigned to pairs of boys for the preparation of their lessons. Each contains a table, a chair, a sofa and bookcases. The study of Tom and his friend East, adorned with prints of dogs and horses, is the repository for their beloved cricket bats and fishing rods. Later, Tom shares a larger study with George Arthur, a young protégé assigned to him by Dr. Arnold. George’s mother provides a fine desk, curtains, and a carpet. These studies are the places in which Tom foments rebellion against the tyranny of the older boys, struggles with his Latin and Greek translations, and has long religious and philosophical discussions with his friends.
Chapel. In the area behind the chapel, traditionally the location for the boys’ fights, Tom engages in his only bout of fisticuffs. Within the chapel, Dr. Arnold delivers from the high pulpit sermons which hold the attention of some of the boys, while others fidget in the pews and scratch their initials into the wood. Others stare out at the treetops visible through the large window behind the organ loft. In the book’s closing scene, Tom pays his respects to the memory of Dr. Arnold, whose remains lie beneath the altar.
*Rugby. Village located about twelve miles southwest of Coventry. Rugby of the 1830’s is a quiet place, lacking street lighting or paving. The boys are in the village almost daily, most especially to visit Sally Harrowell’s, a shop where they buy sweets and roast potatoes for their teatime. Throughout the year they roam the nearby farmers’ fields and woods and swim and fish in the River Avon, which borders the town.