Hamlet's Soliloquy: Now might I do it pat, now he is praying (3.3.77-100)
hire and salary, not revenge (83)
This is simple justice for Claudius; not revenge but merely payment. It is interesting to note that "hire and salary" appears in the First Folio, but in the earlier quarto versions, the phrase is much different. In Q2 it is "base and silly", and in Q1 it is "a benefit."
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