The Prestigious Family's Young Lady and the Farmer - Chapter 14 Part 1
- The Prestigious Family's Young Lady and the Farmer
- Chapter 14 Part 1 - Giving you my everything
Translated by: Sunshine
After finishing listening to Yang shi’s instructions, Yang Tie Zhu saw that it was not early in the morning anymore. He still had to prepare a pile of stuff for going up the mountain tomorrow. Thus he hurriedly got up from his seat.
“Eldest Aunt, I have to go home to make the necessary preparations. I will leave tomorrow. You and Wan’er stay at home and help me properly take care of her. I, I will come over to see you as soon as I come down from the mountain.” In the end, he looked at Lin Qing Wan, then turned around and left.
Yang shi still couldn’t stop herself from worrying and sighed.
While Lin Qing Wan remained in her sitting position in a daze, after staring blankly for a while, she abruptly stood up and chased after him.
By the time Ling Qing Wan caught up with Yang Tei Zhu, he was already outside the courtyard. Upon seeing Lin Qing Wan, Yang Tei Zhu stopped and looked at her with surprise, and was unable to conceal his happiness as he looked at her.
“You… why did you come out…” His tone seemed to be nervous as well as joyful.
Ling Qing Wan lowered her head and pulled at the corner of Yang Tei Zhu’s hem of the clothes. She tugged so tightly that her fingers turned white.
After a while, she raised her head, took a deep breath, and looked at him.
“…I…I know it would certainly be very dangerous, but I don’t know how to persuade you against it… let alone help you…” The tone seemed to be awfully dispirited, along with a little bit of trembling that couldn’t be concealed, “…I only wanted to say…you must pay attention to your safety, and you must come back. I’ll be here with auntie waiting for you to come back….”
After saying so, she turned around and ran into the courtyard like a gust of wind…
For a good while, Yang Tei Zhu remained standing there as he foolishly giggled before turning around and leaving.
Lin Qing Wan didn’t want to cry, but her tears couldn’t help but trickle down.
This man, this man had over and over again, moved her from the bottom of her heart….
He wasn’t wealthy, and was even quite poor… he could neither afford to give her brocade garments and jade meals1 nor could he give her an honorable status…
However, however, he had given her his all…
From Yang shi’s words, she was able to understand the market conditions a little bit in the countryside. Lin Qing Wan understood what those silver he had spent on her yesterday meant for the ordinary people in the countryside.
It meant that it would take several years for them to save the same amount of silver, without eating or drinking anything. It meant that some peasant families would have to sell their house, land, and even people to gather 20 taels of silver…
This honest man from the countryside was able to give her his all!
For her, he even had to face embarrassment and scolding from the whole family. And now for her, he was once again going into the mountains, where he would have to fight with wild animals for his life so that he could officially marry her.
In her previous life, she remembered reading a multiple-choice question: One man had one million, but he was only willing to spend ten thousand on you. There was another man who only had ten thousand, but was willing to give you his everything. If you could choose one among these two men, who would you pick?
At that time, when she read this multiple-choice question, she thought it was quite senseless.
But it was only at this moment that she was truly able to understand the real meaning behind that multiple-choice question.
Especially in this society, in ancient times, where survival was very challenging in the countryside, the sense of impact and shock to the soul was extremely fierce….
Lin Qing Wan leaned her back against the back of the kitchen door, as her tears fell like rain, she felt her heart churn, making it difficult for her to endure, as if someone was stirring her insides incessantly with a stick…
It was only at this moment did Lin Qing Wan truly make a decision …… a decision that she had no regrets at the least at this moment……
She wants to marry this man and have a good life with him.
Even if he was quite poor, and possessed nothing but bare necessities, even if her days in future might be challenging…
But with a husband as such, what more could a woman even ask for?
After that day, Lin Qing Wan’s outlook towards peasant life became distinctly positive. She began to learn everything from Yang shi’s teachings actively.
Fetching water, feeding chickens and pigs, washing pigpen, lighting a fire and cooking on the stove…. She rushed to do all the work at home. She was not as delicate as she appeared to be. At first, she was flustered and clumsy. But after several days, her progress was significant.
But this body was too delicate. As soon as she started doing any work, she would be out of breath. Still, Lin Qing Wan clenched her teeth and persevered, considering it an exercise for the body.
After all, this sort of work would be the most basic necessity for survival in the future.
Yang shi’s son was usually away from home. From what she had heard from Yang shi’s words, her son worked as a second shopkeeper in a store under a merchant family in the county town. Yang shi lives by herself in this old house.
Yang shi’s son was afraid that his mother would be tired by working hard, so he had leased all the family’s land to the other people for cultivation. All Yang shi had to do was collect the rent from the farmers, and his son would also, from time to time, show filial piety. All in all, her days in life could be considered as comfortable.
This day in the afternoon, Yang shi began to teach Lin Qing Wan how to make shoes.
In the village, families worked in the field all day long. Thus the most expensive thing was precisely shoes. The women in the countryside were skilled in making shoes.
They make several shoes, all big and small shoes in the family were made by them. Thus their skills were exquisite, making the shoes both sturdy and comfortable to wear.
Shoes were ‘thousand-layered soles’. As the name implied, several layers were used to make a sole of the shoe. Of course, it was not that exaggerated. Yang shi had said that taking 24-25 layers was also pretty good.
Chapter 14 Part 2 (Preview)
After finishing this set of shoes, Lin Qing Wan found that she didn’t feel unfamiliar at all. In the beginning, she was a bit flustered, but after doing it, she seemed to have become extremely skilled.
She tried to rummage over the memories of the original host in her mind and found that the original Lin Qing Wan also has a ‘craftsmanship’. She was pretty good at doing embroidery.
Embroidery was a skill which all the young ladies from the noble families must learn. Many noble families would even invite a few embroidery masters to teach their daughters this skill.