If he should be put into the penitentiary, she may transact business as if she were a feme sole.
Baron and feme, a term used for husband and wife in English law.
There is indeed one case where the wife shall sue and be sued as a feme sole, viz.
But at such a stage in social evolution, it is impossible to accept the dominance of the unsupported female or 'feme sole.'
The old technical phraseology described husband and wife as baron and feme; the rights of the husband were baronial rights.
Money given to a feme covert for her maintenance, because her husband is an unthrift.
Baron and feme we call husband and wife, and coverture we term marriage.