Note to Hamlet, 4.7.80: "his sables and his weeds"


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Act 4, Scene 7, line 80
his sables and his weeds i.e., its characteristic garments.  —"Sables" are rich robes trimmed in the dark, soft, expensive fur of the sable; such robes are appropriate to "settled age," i.e., an old wealthy man. "Weeds" are garments, especially garments suitable to a solemn occasion, as in "widow's weeds."