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Hello everybody!

I came across this idiom(?) while I was on the library (okay, this and lots more..), but I have no idea of what this means, would you mind telling me?

An ape's an ape, a varlet's a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.

Thank you in advance!:)
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The dress does not make a man
or better
The dress does not a man make
Hello Marius!:)

Thanks for your answer but I still don't understand what it means..and neither I understand the example you wrote..Emotion: sad
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Your dress/costume does not change who/what you are, nor your character.

> ... it means..and neither I understand ...

it means, nor do I understand ...
Thanks for the correction, Marius!:) (Nor do I, I don't know how to use it but I know there was a thread about it, I'll read it now)

Does that mean that you can't be the one you aren't?
Yes, to some extent it means that.
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Does that mean that you can't be the one you aren't?

Do you think a varlet is good? It isn't. It just means that whatever someone is dressed up as, if they are rubbish inside then they are still rubbish inside. It could also apply to things.

I suppose it another way of saying 'you can't judge a book by its cover'.
Hello again, Marius!

When should we use it? Could it be used in this way?
- Sara promised she would change and seems she managed it.
- No, I don't think she did.
- Why not?
- An ape's an ape, a varlet's a varlet, though they be clad in silk or scarlet.

Thanks in advance!
Hello Nona!:)
Nona The Brit'you can't judge a book by its cover'.
Yes, I also read this one! And understood it! So, they are synonymous..

Thanks for your help!
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