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Margaret enters and then, from another direction, Alice also enters. Margaret has bracken for fuel for a fire. She says that Will is bringing more. More is pleased because fuel means that they will have heat. And, Alice is pleased. Sir Thomas takes the letter to Alice and Margaret to have them witness that it has not been opened. More tells Chapuys that he regrets that he cannot stay to enjoy the fire. This is Chapuys cue to leave with his attendant, and he does.
Alice is weary. More tries to make Alice understand why he could not take money from the bishops without telling her too much. She calls their situation poverty. He contradicts her. Then he adds that even if they were truly beggars, they could still be happy together. Margaret agrees with Alice. Alice says that money from the bishops would simply be charity. More counters that it would appear to be a payment. If the king decides to take further action, even the appearance of receiving payment from the Church would be dangerous.
Will Roper, Margaretís husband, enters. He announces that someone is there from Hampton Court, the Kingís residence. More is to answer charges before Secretary Cromwell. He is to go now. Alice is distressed and Margaret wants to go with him. More refuses to allow it. There is no reason because he will be back quickly. In response to Roper, More says that Cromwell is not the devil. He is a lawyer.
Sir Thomas More, in this scene, showed his loyalty to his country by showing loyalty to the king.
Bishop Fisher of Rochester was a bishop who died at the same time and for the same reason as Sir Thomas More. Earlier, in better days, he had helped the king write about the Church, as did Sir Thomas.
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