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The Duke of Florence appears with Bertram and Parolles. Bertram has been named the "general of our horse," and the Duke of Florence says he has great hopes Bertram will have a promising future. Bertram modestly replies he is not strong enough for a position of such responsibility but swears he will fulfill his duties "[t]o th' extreme edge of hazard." He then asks Mars, the god of war, "Make me ... / A lover of thy drum."
These two short scenes prepare the audience for the next key plot points. Bertram is at war and, surprisingly, seems to have earned the respect of the duke, who has made him "general of our horse," or cavalry. Bertram shows surprising humility and bravery, perhaps indicating he needed to stop being treated like a boy in order to begin acting like a man. In Rossillion the countess learns Helen has done something equally courageous and self-sacrificing. She has set off alone, as a pilgrim, to clear the way for Bertram to return home. Her love for him is so great she is blind to any of his faults, saying she is not worthy of him but can at least serve as his Juno, or protector. The one suffering the most, however, seems to be the countess. At this point she has lost her biological son and the daughter of her heart, and she frantically maneuvers the situation, trying to ensure the safety of both.