Hamlet's Soliloquy: Now might I do it pat, now he is praying (3.3.77-100)
grossly, full of bread (84)
Hamlet's father was in a state of sin when Claudius murdered him, thus he was in a gross state, not purified by confession. He was full of bread because he was not in the midst of any religious practice, such as fasting. Shakespeare is likely referring to Ezekiel 16.49: "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness."
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