- Old French (Wiktionary)
“When a person claimed to be the lord of a villein who had run away and remained outside the manor unto which he was regardant, he sued out a writ of neif, that is, de nativo habendo.”
“The old neif, after thus enjoining silence, made a gesture for the youth to follow, and shuffled noiselessly before him.”
“Fly! fly! my lady!" cried the terrified neif, setting the example.”
“You are skilled in such matters, Linda," she said, producing the knife, before the faithful neif had finished her salutation; "is there poison on this blade?”
“_partus sequitur ventrem_, was set aside in favour of liberty; the child of a neif was free if the father were a freeman, or if it were illegitimate, in which case it was settled that the free condition of the father should always be presumed.”
“For he tells us, that on its first represent-* ation at Black Friars, certain cri - tics cavilled at the character of Clearchus in it 5 objecting that it was monstrous, and impossible for a person of only seventeen years old, as that character is supposed to be, to. conceive and utter such senti* ments as he is made to speak, and which would better suit the - lips of one of thirty years of age; to which objection th6 learned and ingenious Lord Falkland made this very judicious reply, in vindication of the author, viz. thatit was neif”
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