Note to Hamlet, 4.7.122-123: "a spendthrift sigh, / That hurts by easing"


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a spendthrift sigh, / That hurts by easing: —A sigh was supposed to draw blood from the heart, therefore a sigh is a spendthrift—one who spends money profusely or wastefully—in the sense that it gives a bit of immediate comfort at the cost of life-long injury.