The wonderful British actor Paul Scofield has died
. I first saw "A Man for All Seasons" in high school and was mesmerized by it. I haven’t seen watched in years, but reading a few lines
from Robert Bolt’s screenplay brought the scenes vividly to life. Here’s Thomas talking to his daughter, Meg:
"God made the angels to show Him splendor, as He made animals for innocence and plants for their simplicity. But Man He made to serve Him wittily, in the tangle of his mind. If He suffers us to come to such a case that there is no escaping, then we may stand to our tackle as best we can, and, yes, Meg, then we can clamor like champions, if we have the spittle for it. But it’s God’s part, not our own, to bring ourselves to such a pass. Our natural business lies in escaping."