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One of the major problems in the case of Brabantio, if we look at this line from his perspective, is that he was not aware of the love affair blooming between Desdemona and Othello. He thought a great deal of Othello as a general and as a man of interest, but never once thought his daughter, the child of nobility, would sink to follow after a Moor, acceptable as a general but not as a son in law.
For Othello it suggests that he might not be capable of seeing the type of guile that Desdemona demonstrated in hiding this from her father. It addresses perhaps as well his own lack of confidence in anything not related directly to war.
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