Okay, that sells me on Norfolk's
Situation: The duke, because of his station and place in England, is under scrutiny and could suffer from being associated with More, unless the latter violates his conscience and takes the Oath. So rather than give in, More pushes Norfolk away.
Not quite sold on
Activity as the domain of conflict in their
Relationship yet. I don't think bulldogs or differences of worship are really generating friction between them.
Is it perhaps abstaining from
Activity that puts pressure on their friendship? Norfolk takes the oath, he works in the government, he hashes out cases with Cromwell, he does the King's bidding -- and More does none of it. He purposefully retires from these things. He was participating, but now he's not, and what's worse he won't say why.
More's resignation from the Chancellorship seems to signal a major turn in their friendship. In any case, they seem to measure the relationship by outward deeds and acts, and the duke is having trouble making sense of More's.
Also, different ways of thinking (i.e.
Manipulation) has never created problems between them in the past - they're clearly different thinkers and value different things, but they've been long friends. It isn't until More's actions start diverging from the usual that their friendship suffers (thus