I must go look my twigs.
Bit of a slow starter, this act. Early on, the Countess – Bertram’s mother – mutters and grumbles about what a cad he is for spurning the fair Helena. Things pick up a bit as the latter turns up at the front, disguised as a pilgrim. Then there’s a bit about a drum – I confess I have no clue what they were going on about – but apparently the loyalty of Parolles, Bertram’s flunky, is being called into question. Then Helena conspires to pull a fast one on good old Bertram. I’m not clear on exactly the nature of the deceit so that remains to be seen.