Adam is a faithful servant to Orlando’s family, as devoted to Orlando as he had been to Sir Rowland de Buys (Orlando's father). His view of the servant’s role differs somewhat from that of Orlando, as the much younger man can envision a more equitable relationship. Importantly, in this scene, Adam rescues Orlando and thus proves his devotion.
As scene 3 begins, Adam functions as Orlando’s savior. As they stand outside Orlando’s house, Adam urges Orlando not to enter and fight the burly wrestler as he had planned. He warns Orlando that his brother intends him harm:
this night he means
To burn the lodging where you use to lie
And you within it: if he fail of that,
He will have other means to cut you off . . .
this house is but a butchery:
Abhor it, fear it, do not enter it.
Urging Orlando to flee, he first offers him his life savings of 500 crown. Adam then offers to accompany him and to serve him as he had served his father: “let me go with you; / I'll do the service of a younger man / In all your business and necessities.”
Orlando praises him for embodying the old spirit of service, in which people were motivated by duty rather than by money. But at the same time, he implicitly criticizes the “antique world” that expected such behavior, calling it “a rotten tree.” While he accepts Adam’s offer to travel with him, he seems to endorse a more companionable arrangement: “We’ll go along together" and try to find a way to survive before having to depend on Adam’s savings.
Adam, for his part, seems set in the servant’s role: “I will follow thee, / To the last gasp, with truth and loyalty.” Given Orlando’s youth and his own old age, he reflects that “fortune cannot recompense me better / Than to die well and not my master's debtor.”