The slave, who struck a freeman or denied his master, lost an ear, the organ of hearing and symbol of obedience.
Mrs. Freeman and Carrie and Ethel and Frank and Helen came to station to meet us in a huge carriage.
Freeman, History of Sicily (Oxford, 1891), i.
"No freeman shall be arrested, or detained in prison, or deprived of his freehold, or outlawed, or banished, or in any way molested; and we will not set forth against him, nor send against him, unless by the lawful judgment of his peers and by the law of the land."
1 the island was connected with the mainland by a mole (Freeman ii.