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Unbonneted, having no bonnet on: “u. he runs,” Lr. III, 1, 14. Difficult passage: “my demerits may speak u. to as proud a fortune as this that I have reached,” Oth. I, 2, 23. Steevens: 'unbonneted may signify, without taking the cap off' (cf. the verb Bonnet). The common explanation is: without the addition of patrician or senatorial dignity; the bonnet, as well as the toge, being at Venice a badge of aristocratic honours. But nowhere, not even in those plays, the scene of which is Venice, the word bonnet is found in this sense. Perhaps the meaning of unbonneted is simply: I may say so with all courtesy and humility; and Othello's words must perhaps be accompanied by a corresponding gesture, as the writing of O. Edd. seems to imply, by placing the word unbonneted in a parenthesis.
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