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There is a great throng of Englishmen viewing the execution. They are excited. They are much like the Common Man. They go along with the rulers of the kingdom and by doing so they get along. They want what their king wants. They do not want to do anything to displease their king. So, they vent their feelings against those that the king is against.
One has to wonder why the woman who gave Sir Thomas the cup wants his attention now. Does she actually think that he will “confess” to giving her a wrong judgment? Sir Thomas would never confess because he would never give a wrong judgment.
Cranmer is envious of Sir Thomas’ certainty regarding going to God. We know from what the Common Man read to us at the beginning of Part Two, scene seven that Cranmer will be burned alive approximately twenty years later. One wonders what he will expect when his time comes.
The Common Man gives us suggestions for living like he and his characters live. We should not make trouble. That means that we should allow those in power to do as they like and just stay out of the way. The Common Man seems very shallow when compared to Sir Thomas More.
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