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I'm reading a manga, and in it one of the characters uses grammar that I've never seen before. The sentence is as follows:


I understand pretty much everything else in the sentence:

[小姓]{こしょう}さん = page

見当たる = find

是非 = certainly

お会いしたかった = (humbly) wanted to meet

But because of this conjugation that I'm not familiar with, I'm not sure how it all fits together. What does +ませぬな mean?

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小姓 is not a name. – user1016 Jul 4 '14 at 14:53
Are you sure you have never seen anything very close to ませぬ? And the な is a particle, not a part of the verb conjugation. – l'électeur Jul 4 '14 at 14:59

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Since Manga often indicate the end of a sentence by a line (or column) break, rather than a period, I would bet that the sentence is


In any case,

小姓さんが見当たりませぬな = 小姓さんが見当たりませんね (modulo nuances)

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Ah, makes sense since this manga takes place in 19th century Japan. Thanks! – Ataraxia Jul 5 '14 at 3:58

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