I had a lot of time to think, without access to my computer, and I was really struck by this one quote in the scene between Sir Thomas and King Henry. It seems like Thomas is specifically talking about the Symptom and Response (I think this is OS material, but as a Steadfast MC, Symtpom/Response are same in MC Throughline anyway).
THOMAS: Alas, as I think of it, I see so clearly that I cannot come with Your Grace,
that my endeavour is... not to think of it at all.
Latching onto that, it looks to me like Sir Thomas is seeing his own Nonacceptance as as the problem, and trying to solve it with Acceptance. And throughout the film, he acts with Acceptance. From the very beginning where everyone is so opposed (Nonaccepting) of Wolsey's summoning him to Hampton Court at midnight, and he just shrugs and says it's his duty: "That is why I must go" ... to the very end where he accepts his own death. It definitely looks Inaction, but I think it's really Acceptance.
So throughout the OS you have everyone responding to the King's Nonacceptance of his current marriage with Acceptance of his remaking of the church. Except Sir Thomas, who does his best to Accept (by remaining silent) but, on the one point of his conscience, is forced to a lack of Acceptance. (and he actually knows that his Nonacceptance is a problem)
Even at the end of the scene with Thomas and King Henry, Henry goes on a tirade about how he will "brook no opposition" and repeats that several times. It's almost like he's saying "Nonacceptance is the problem! Nonacceptance is the problem, can't you see!?" But then what does he do? He suddenly Accepts that Sir Thomas can't help him, and decides to leave.
Picking Symptom/Response of Nonacceptance/Acceptance gives an OS Problem of Potentiality. Here are a bunch of other points arguing for that storyform:
Potentiality as OS Problem:
- Rich is so concerned with his own potential, potential employment etc.
- fearing potential punishments from the King if he doesn't get what he wants
- this is what motivates Wolsey to ask Sir Thomas to help apply pressure to the church
- Sir Thomas suggests they can just ask the pope for a new dispensation, but Wolsey is worried about the potential that it won't work, so he suggests they need to influence the pope's decision
- Potential is even shown in the people's reaction to the King stepping in the muck -- they fear the POTENTIAL of that moment
- the King sees the potential in Anne Boleyn, the potential for a happy marriage and heir
- the King fears the potential of God's retribution for his current sinful marriage: "Thomas, you must consider, I stand in peril of my soul."
- much of Sir Thomas's problem stems from everyone else seeing so much potential in him. The King wants him by his side because Thomas is "known to be honest", and wants to raise Thomas to his potential: "If you could come with me, there's no man I'd sooner raise".
Certainty as OS Solution:
- if Sir Thomas could have given up his convictions (Certainty), then perhaps the OS Problem could have been solved. (His Critical Flaw of Expediency, the moral pressure he feels, prevents him from doing so)
- alternately, if everyone else could have seen with certainty that Sir Thomas was right, and acquitted him, perhaps the OS Problem could have been solved that way
MC Problem of
- of all the things that could happen to him, Sir Thomas induces that by remaining silent, he and his family will be safe. He sees a causal relationship between the King's friendship, his silence, the law, and safety. But his problems arise because that relationship is not as solid as he thought.
- the relationship he sees between taking an oath, his conscience, and his soul is a kind of Induction; and it is this induced connection that drives him to avoid taking the oath of supremacy. He even explains this induction process to Meg, first by telling her that the words of the oath matter, then later explaining the connections as "when a man takes an oath, he's holding his own self in his own hands, like water".
- Others induce that Sir Thomas's silence means opposition, which causes Thomas lots of trouble.
- Sir Thomas fails to determine a possible way that he can both remain true to himself and help the King marry Anne Boleyn. "I couldn't find the other way," he says to Alice. (Note Dram definition of Induction: a method of thought that determines possibility.)
MC Response of
- Sir Thomas accepts the need to resign as Chancellor and the reduced income etc. that comes with resigning
- In response to Roper's lack of tolerance (Nonacceptance) for Rich, "arrest him! he's getting away", Sir Thomas accepts the need to let Rich go because he didn't break the law - even if he were the Devil himself, they need to let him go.
- in the end, as a Steadfast character he embraces his Response: he accepts his death and execution, and forgives the executioner: "I forgive you right readily."
OS Issue of
Permission (see above post #144)
MC Issue of
Reappraisal -- Thomas More's lack of Reappraisal definitely causes him trouble -- he fails to reappraise his situation in time to see the danger closing in on him. Also, the film also demonstrates More's own values in regards to constant Reappraisal -- "we must just pray that when your head's finished turning, your face is to the front again"