Conrade is one of Don John’s followers. He attempts to cheer Don John up and to convince him that he should be, at the least, happy that Don Pedro has taken him back, and use that favor to pursue his own ends.
Don John has little ear, for this, however, and Conrade soon appears to be left out of the plot that Don John and Borachio put together. He comes across Borachio the night before Hero’s wedding. The latter is completely drunk and tells the tale of the deception he has just practiced, which Conrade finds most entertaining. He is then arrested. Brought before the sexton, he denies being a villain, and tells Dogberry to his face that he is an ass, provoking a remarkable tirade from the constable. He is brought with Borachio before Don Pedro and the others, but says nothing. He is apparently a Capricorn—at least, his ruling star is Saturn—but Don John does not find him as depressed as he should be for that star sign.