When Brabantio and his followers make their threatening entrance in Scene 2, Othello's first words to them are, "Keep up your bright swords, for the dew will rust them." What does this line tell you about Othello's character?

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Othello is reminding the men he's facing that their swords will be quite useless against he and his trained soldiers. He implies that Brabantio's men are merely policemen and civilians.