Act 3, Scene 7: Helena reveals herself to the Widow and comes up with a plan to get Bertram's ring, and to have him bed her. She wants Diana to request the ring from him as a token of his love, and then to set up an assignation time in which Helena will take Diana's place. The Widow at first is doubtful, but then recants and Helena offers to give Diana three thousand crowns for the deception.
Act 4, Scene 1: The French Lords gather a force of men and capture Parolles while he trying to figure out how to make it look like he tried to get the drum. The men blindfold him so he does not know who they are, and promise not to kill him if he reveals all of the Florintine secrets. Parolles agrees, and the Lords send someone to fetch Bertram so he can hear his friend's confession.