Before sending Ophelia into Hamlet’s path, Polonius remarks that:
“With devotion's visage
And pious action we do sugar o'er
The devil himself”
In an aside, Claudius responds:
“O, 'tis too true!
How smart a lash that speech doth give my conscience!
The harlot's cheek, beautied with plastering art,
Is not more ugly to the thing that helps it
Than is my deed to my most painted word:
O heavy burden!”
What is the key significance of this statement from Claudius?