A Modest Proposal

A Man for All Seasons – Act One, scenes two–three

Summary: Scene two Well . . . I believe, when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties . . . they lead their country by a short route to chaos. (See Important Quotations Explained) More arrives at Cardinal Wolsey’s office, and the cardinal asks More what took him so long. Wolsey presents More …

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A Man for All Seasons – Act One, scenes five–six

Summary: Scene five A single spotlight reveals a red robe and the cardinal’s hat lying on the floor. The Common Man enters to describe Cardinal Wolsey’s death, which was officially attributed to pulmonary pneumonia but, for all intents and purposes, was caused by the king’s displeasure with Wolsey’s handling of the divorce. Wolsey died on …

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A Man for All Seasons – Act Two, scenes three–four

Summary: Scene three Norfolk protests Cromwell’s intention to pursue More, claiming that since More does not actively oppose Henry’s divorce, they do not need to bother him. But Cromwell contends that everyone understands More’s silence to be disapproval. Since More has shown himself to be a patriot by passing on information about Chapuys’s rebellion, Cromwell …

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A Man for All Seasons – Act Two, scenes five–six

Summary: Scene five Cromwell tells More that Rich will be recording their conversation. More compliments Rich’s fancy outfit. Cromwell admits that he greatly admires More, but as Rich starts to write that down, Cromwell stops him. More asks what the charges against him are, but Cromwell insists there are no charges, just questions. More asks …

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