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A Man for All Seasons Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

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Act 1, Scene 1 Summary

The play opens with the Common Man on stage with a basket. He is dressed in black and needs a costume, so he reaches in his basket and pulls out a steward's hat and jacket. He is Matthew, the steward for Sir Thomas More. More enters and asks for a glass of wine.

Richard Rich enters, telling More that every man has his price. More disagrees. Thomas Cromwell has gotten Rich into reading Machiavelli. He tells More that Cromwell has promised to do something for him. Sir Thomas More tells Rich to accept a teaching position that he has been offered. Rich wonders who would respect him in that position. More tells him that he will be respected by his students, and he will respect himself.

More tells Rich to go where he will not be tested. He shows Rich a gilded cup he has...

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