Sir Politic, his wife, Lady Would-be, and Peregrine are travelers from England. Sir Pol and his lady are English tourists trying to go native. They are hilariously inept at playing Italian games and hopelessly ignorant of the ways of the foreigners. They are parrots mimicking the action of the master plotters without ever understanding what they are doing. Underneath it all, they are innocent and stupid, but likable and English.
Peregrine serves as Sir Politic's confidant. He uses the English knight for his merriment but never becomes involved in the main action of the play.