First Gentleman is an everyday Londoner who likes to keep up with what’s going on.
He is part of the public witnessing the duke of Buckingham’s trial, and finds it a pity that he is condemned. He is deeply suspicious of Cardinal Wolsey, a suspicion he shares with his friend the Second Gentleman, who he meets up with again at Queen Anne’s coronation. This time he has with him a list of all the noblemen receiving new offices on the occasion. He can recognize and knows the names of all the high nobility of the land, and is rather a news junkie. He is cautious enough to know not to badmouth the Cardinal in public.