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In Robert Bolt's play A Man for All Seasons, what kinds of personality traits does Sir Thomas More exhibit?

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The title of Robert Bolt’s play A Man for All Seasons comes from a description of Sir Thomas More by one of his contemporaries, Robert Whittington (see link below):

"More is a man of an angel's wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity. A man for all seasons."

The fact that Bolt used this passage as the source of his title suggests that he agreed with Whittington’s assessment of More. Whittington’s comments suggest that More possessed the following traits of personality and character:

* “an angel’s wit and singular learning” (in other words, great native intelligence and an impressive education).  At the very beginning of the play, More immediately intuits that Rich has been reading Machiavelli.  This intuition – which turns out to be correct – implies both his intelligent insight and his own educated...

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