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In Wolf Hall, how does Cromwell's character develop throughout the novel? Do his values change? 

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Cromwell’s character development is quite subtle throughout Wolf Hall; he seems a fully mature and wise counselor from the very start of the novel. He feels mercy for the disgraced Katherine of Aragon and her plight; at the end, as he reflects on Thomas More’s execution, Cromwell expresses the same desire to be merciful to his enemy. He loves his family and sons and sees himself as a surrogate father to many young men throughout the novel. However, Cromwell experiences personal tragedy as well as professional advancement and political turmoil...

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