Lafew is an old bearded lord at the court of France who is sent to fetch Bertram when the latter’s father dies and he enters his wardship.
Meeting Helena at Roussillion, he is impressed by her, and later agrees to persuade the King to see her and try her doctoring. He is taken aback, nevertheless, at just how successful her ministering are, and develops rather a crush on the young lady, growing appalled when he believes that the various lords are rejecting her. He quickly sees through Parolles’s boasting and absurd apparel and refuses to have anything to do with him, and unsuccessfully attempts to warn Bertram about him. He grows convinced that all of Bertram’s bad behavior can be laid at Parolles’s door. Still, when the latter is disgraced and revealed to the whole world for what he is, Lafew accepts to keep him from the poorhouse. Helena being dead, he seeks to arrange a match between his daughter Maudlin (Madeline?) and Bertram, but he soon changes his mind on hearing the young man accused of seduction and swears he’ll have none of him. Helena’s reappearance leads him to tears, and he decides to take Parolles to his service as something of a jester.