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Cromwell here shows himself a master of Machiavellian argument : his logic is faultless. But Rich is shaky and subdued; he is still learning the political game. 33 Act 2, scene 5 Summary More, unable to hire a boat , is purposely overtaken by Norfolk , who tells More he's behaving like a fool. Norfolk is being used in a policy against More, so More says Norfolk must stop being his friend because of his obedience to the King, and because of his son. Norfolk says this is impossible; More must give in, like everyone else.
The 'jury' find More guilty. More now, having 'fulfilled all his obligations', speaks his mind that the Act of Supremacy was repugnant to the Law of God, but it was because he would not accept the marriage that Cromwell sought his blood . He is condemned to be beheaded, and the Common Man is made executioner by Cromwell. On the way to the scaffold, Norfolk offers More drink, Margaret 'flings herself upon' her father and he says his farewell to her, and More deals brusquely with the Woman who said he gave false judgement.
Cromwell tells Rich to remove More's books, and says the King is impatient for an outcome. When Cranmer and Norfolk have left , Cromwell broods on using the rack, but decides the King would not permit it. Rich approaches Cromwell about the vacant post of Attorney General for Wales. Commentary Continuing the patterning of this play, a bell struck one (in the morning) when More was first questioned by Wolsey in the first Act. Although More has been in prison one year (which emergeslater in the scene), he is relaxed because he knows, under the law, he is innocent.