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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:

小姓さんが見当たりませぬな。是非お会いしたかったのですが。

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. dictionary.goo.ne.jp/leaf/jn2/78952/m0u
    – user1016
    Jul 4, 2014 at 14:53
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    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.
    – user4032
    Jul 4, 2014 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

小姓さんが見当たりませぬな
是非お会いしたかったのですが。

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! Jul 5, 2014 at 3:58

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