First French Lord (Captain Dumaine) in the Florentine service is a war-happy young man who thinks it a great pity that Bertram will not be able to follow himself and other lords to battle.
He offers to help the younger man steal away from court. He lets Helena and the Countess know where Bertram has gone while delivering his letter to Helena, and learning of its contents is remorseful at having done so. While at first impressed by Parolles’s bragging, he soon sees through it, and helps conceive and execute the plot against him, convincing the others that they should set Parolles to fetch his drum as part of the joke. He is not altogether impressed with Bertram’s behavior concerning Helena, especially once he hears of the lady’s death. During Parolles’s interrogation he makes sure to ask what Parolles thinks of him, and is enraged at the answers, though Parolles ends up going so far that the Lord begins to admire him for sheer gall and inventiveness.