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There is an important stage direction : More has a sly smile. From this point to the end of the play his manner is of one who has fulfilled all his obligations and will now consult no interests but his own. A man's 'obligations' have not been mentioned, as such, before; but the implication is that More's strict moral code had been ruled by his obligations to his King, country, 45 family and friends. ' But now that he knows he is 'a dead man', he can, at last, 'discharge his mind' . He has nothing to lose.

E. the employing or ruling class) shows that the Steward , just in time, dismisses any consideration of a personal relationship with More, but sees it in terms oflabour and wages. When the Common Man takes off his Steward's coat, picks up his hat and draws the curtain to the alcove, these actions signify the end of his stewardship - and the end of More's prosperity . 27 Act 2, scene 2 Summary Norfolk advises Cromwell to let More stay silent , but Cromwell says More's silence is "bellowing up and down Europe '.

When Norfolk comments 'And.. we've severed the connection with Rome', More repeats this twice (bitter), because for him, as we see later, it severed his belief in the 'only link with Christ' . 25 This is the crucial moment of decision for More, but he can still praise Bishop Fisher, and make a pun on the word 'funny'. The taking off of his chain of office is the symbol of his having 'come to the point' beyond which he was not prepared to go. But he merely fumbles with the chain and wants help, 'morally' , to take it off.

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