king's hand by the little cape. And let him who defaulted be summoned to be  present on another day to hear his judgment, no mention made of the other,  whether husband or wife, who did not default.1 If one of several parceners dies  before all have appeared, the whole plea falls. If one is under age, the plea will remain  in suspense until he comes of age. If one is insane and enjoys no lucid intervals,  the plea will remain until his death, because since he once began to possess  animo et corpore, he may never cease to possess animo, once madness comes upon  him.2 But if he enjoys lucid intervals, such time will be awaited. It is otherwise in  the case of the fool and the idiot, as will be explained more fully below in the  tractate on exceptions.
If one is essoined in the county court of bed-sickness; how the essoinee ought to appear and when.
 If one is essoined of bed-sickness in the county court, the same procedure ought to  be observed, as is evident, in the county court as in the court of the lord king. When  languor has been awarded him, he ought to come within the year and day to some  certain place appointed for the purpose by the county court, namely to some castle,  and there show himself to the castellan on the day3 he comes, as he would to the  constable of the Tower if the plea were at Westminster in the court of the lord king.  Nor need the demandant observe any day in the county court once languor has  been adjudged and attested, but let him observe his day at the castle as he would  do at the Tower if the plea were in the court of the lord king. We must see, among  other things, whether he essoined himself of bed-sickness in the county where the  land sought is or in another; if in the same, the sheriff then has the power to send  the four knights to view, even without a writ, and let those who view and attest  proceed exactly as was said above with respect to the court of the lord king, as to  defaults and licence to rise and the rest. If he is essoined outside the county, the  sheriff then does not have power to send knights of his county into another county,  nor a fortiori knights of another county to view, because his jurisdiction does not  extend to that. The demandant must therefore aid himself by this writ, directed to  the sheriff of the county where the essoinee lies, that the essoinee be viewed.
Writ for viewing a man who is essoined in the county court of bed-sickness.
 The king to the sheriff, greeting. Send four lawful knights to such a place to see  whether the infirmity by which A. essoined himself of bed-sickness against