And sure, dear friends, my thanks are too dear a half penny.

How much is a pin? Is it a half penny?
Is the price of a life the same as the price of a thought or a thanks?
It seems like here Hamlet is saying his thanks, while only worth a half penny, are still too expensive.

I had thought about how much wrestling with worth Hamlet does in his conversations with others. Sure, sure he wonders whether to be or not to be but there he’s not pricing his life and aspects of his life.
It’s fascinating how questions of worth are so often about actual financial worth. I have my worth search spectacles on now. Where else will I find questions of value and worth in the play as it goes on?

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