quality (n.)
profession, occupation, business
H5 III.vi.135[King Henry to Montjoy] What is thy name? I know thy quality
Ham II.ii.345[Hamlet to Rosencrantz, of the child players] Will they pursue the quality no longer than they can sing? [i.e. the profession of acting until their voices break]
Ham II.ii.430[Hamlet to Players] give us a taste of your quality
MM II.i.57[Angelo to Elbow, of Pompey and Froth] What quality are they of?
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