unbonneted etc.— “My demerits May speak,” OTHELLO, i. 2. 23. “Bonneter (says Cotgrave) is to put off one's cap. Unbonneted may therefore signify, without taking the cap off [though unbonneted occurs in King Lear, iii. 1. 14, with the directly contrary signification]” (STEEVENS) . “Unbonneted is uncovered, revealed, made known” (A. C.) . Fuseli's explanation of the passage is, “I am his equal or superior in rank; and were it not so, such are my demerits [that is, merits], that, unbonneted, without the addition of patrician or senatorial dignity, they may speak to as proud a fortune,” etc.,—the bonnet, as well as the toge, being at Venice a badge of aristocratic honours to this day.
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