Murder in the Cathedral


T. S. Eliot

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Hugh de Morville, designated as the third knight, begins his speech by echoing Reginald Fitz Urse’s comments about the tendencies of English people to be fair and logical in their thinking, refraining from making judgments sourced solely in their emotions. He argues that Becket basically conned the king by advocating for all the king’s policies and agreeing to take on the office of Chancellor in addition to the role of Archbishop, but then—suddenly, upon being appointed to it—resigning from the Chancellorship. Morville therefore offers not just an argument in defense of his own dignity and morality—like de Traci—but a well-argued, reasoned indictment of Becket’s political actions. He gives the most convincing argument from the perspective of the political dimension of the play (versus the spiritual) that Becket was, indeed, a traitor to the king.

Third Knight (Hugh de Morville) Quotes in Murder in the Cathedral

The Murder in the Cathedral quotes below are all either spoken by Third Knight (Hugh de Morville) or refer to Third Knight (Hugh de Morville). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Harcourt edition of Murder in the Cathedral published in 1964.
Part 2 Quotes

It is not I who insult the King. . .
It is not against me, Becket, that you strive.
It is not Becket who pronounces doom,
But the Law of Christ’s Church, the judgement of Rome.

Page Number: 65
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Third Knight (Hugh de Morville) Character Timeline in Murder in the Cathedral

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Part 2
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The third knight, Hugh de Morville, argues that Becket utterly lied to the king and betrayed the power he was given.... (full context)