Please explain the quotation "Certain, men should be what they seem."

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This line appears in act 3, scene 3 of Shakespeare's Othello. The scene begins with Cassio talking with Desdemona, asking her to intercede on his behalf with Othello, who has recently demoted Cassio for being drunk and causing a brawl with two other soldiers.

As Othello and Iago approach, Cassio quickly excuses himself and exits the scene. Iago begins to plant the seeds of jealousy in Othello's mind.

IAGO. I like not that...

OTHELLO. Was not that Cassio parted from my wife?

IAGO. Cassio, my lord? No, sure, I cannot think it
That he would steal away so guiltylike,
Seeing your coming. (3.3.37-43)

Desdemona approaches Othello and begins to speak to him on Cassio's behalf. Othello says that he doesn't want to be bothered with hearing about Cassio at the moment. Desdemona persists in arguing Cassio's case for him, and Othello tells her to send Cassio to him to speak for himself. Desdemona exits the scene, leaving Othello with Iago, who plants a few...

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