While serving as tutor to Alessandro, he became one of the proto-notaries of the court, and (at least according to Ranuccio Farnese in a story retold by Spinello Benci) Paul "did nothing of importance without first consulting Marcello." If this was indeed true, Paul did not have far to go in seeking such consultation, as Cervini lived in "a room within a few steps of that of Paul III," and the two held meetings "for a certain period of time" every morning. [En 49]