Scheme of the Official Descendant: Glossary
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Old Prestigious Houses
- Nobility faction, long standing houses that contributed to the war of Clans that returned back after the war
- Yun Family
- Qiu Clan
- Lei Family
- Jin Clan
|A surge of storm was brewing (掀起了惊涛骇浪): A perilous situation arising.|
|Can really count her abacus well (打的好算盘): Really good at schemes.|
|Crossing the river in the same boat (同舟共济):To have common interests; obliged to collaborate towards common goals.|
|Daily paying of respect (晨昏定省): The daily show of filial piety to one’s parents, greeting them/paying respects in the morning and attending to them as they lie down to sleep at night.|
|Not a word or movement (不动声色): Did not bat an eyelid which means, to remain calm and collected.|
|Eaten a loss (暗亏): Be taken advantage of.|
|Eyes higher than the crown on their heads (眼高于顶): Extremely arrogant and prideful.|
|I’ll write down this account! (这笔账，我会记下的!): I will remember this grudge, and I will take revenge when I have the opportunity.|
|In picturesque disorder (错落有致): Irregular arrangement with charming effect.|
|Look good (好看- hǎokàn): To embarrass or humiliate.|
|Lucky break (时来运转): ‘The time comes, fortune turns’ means things change for the better.|
|One simply can’t tell how many (不知凡几): Countless cases.|
|Red flowers and green willow (花红柳绿): All the colors of spring.|
|Sit astride and ride on top of their heads (骑到她们上头): ‘Riding above them like a horse’, which means, be overconfident of ruling over them; acting out of her bounds.|
|Sprung up like bamboo shoots (雨后春笋): Many new families that emerge in rapid succession.|
|Straighten up her waist (挺直了腰杆): Be confident and bold.|
|Those courtyard servants who bends with the wind. (院子里风吹墙头): ‘Grass on top of a wall which sways with every gust of wind’ means fence-sitter.|
|Make a show of being earnest (煞有介事): To act as if one is taking things very seriously.|
|To stake all on one throw (孤注一掷): To gamble everything.|
|Turned a deaf ear (置若罔闻): Pretending not to hear, to ignore.|
|Turn a blind eye (睁一只眼闭一只眼): ‘Keep one eye open and the other eye closed’ means pretend not to notice.|
|Twist and turns (弯弯绕绕): Schemes and trickery.|
|Vegetarian (不是吃素的): Not to be trifled with.|
|Weep alone (暗自垂泪): To cry secretly.|
- coal mining business
|– Founder of Ren Coal Mining Business|
– Head of the Ren Family during the Northern war.
– He took out three gold bars hidden by his wife under the latrine to buy several western mountain hilltops against his clan elders advice.
|Old Master Ren (Ren Yonghe)|
|– Current Patriarch of the Ren Family.|
– Reside in the West Estate for the direct line or inheriting branch.
|Old Madam Ren (Qiu-shi)|
– Hailed from Jizhou Prefecture’s prestigious Qiu Clan.
– Her brother is the current Qiu Patriarch.
|Ronghua Courtyard’s servants:|
|1. Momo Gui: head steward|
2. Jun Lu: Jun Ju’s blood related older sister; serving in Old Madam’s inner room.
3. Liu An Old wife: A transferred servant from the outer courtyard to sweep the yard in Ronghua Courtyard; the one who witnessed what the two maids serving beside Eight Miss did on that early morning.
|– Second Grand Uncle|
– Younger brother of current Ren Patriarch.
– Reside in the East Estate.
|Ren Shizong (Eldest Master)|
|– Eldest Master of the inheriting branch|
|Wang-shi (Eldest Madam)|
|– Manages the Ren household|
|– Third young master/brother|
|– Fourth miss/sister|
– Old Madam’s favorite granddaughter
|– Wife of First young master|
– Eldest daughter-in-law/ Eldest sister-in-law
|Ren Second Master|
|– East estate di-born son|
|Su-shi (Second Madam)|
|– Hailed from the Su Family|
|– Second young master/brother|
|Ren Shimin (Third Master)|
|– MC’s father|
|– Third Madam|
– Madam of the third branch.
1. Momo Zhou: main steward
2. Ying’er and Zhu’er: sent to the outer courtyard
|– Concubine of Ren Shimin|
– Bore twins
1. Jin Ju: Concubine Fang side maid.
|Ziwei Courtyard Servants:|
|1. Niu-saozi: key keeper|
2. Liu’er: serving tea
3. Old maid Liu: in charge of hot water
|– Third miss/sister|
|– Main protagonist|
– Rebirthed at 11 years old
1. Momo Zhu: arranged by Concubine Fang
|– Twin brother of Yaoying|
|– Ninth miss/sister|
Fourth Aunt (Married Daughter)
|– Fourth Aunt|
– Married di-daughter of Ren Old Madam
|– Di-son of Lin Family’s direct line|
|Ren Shimao (Fifth Master)|
|– Childhood sweethearts with Lin-shi|
|Lin-shi (Fifth Madam)|
|– Favored daughter-in-law of Old Madam Ren|
|– Eight miss/sister|
1. Fang’er and Hui’er
|– Servant in the Ren Estate’s outer courtyard
– Family of miner
- Northern Court
|Xiao Imperial Household|
|– Vassal of Yan region|
– Guards the Jiajing Pass from the foreign invaders
|– Fourth king of Yanbei that led the Northern expedition to recover the sixteen prefectures of Youyan that was lost to the Liao invaders.|
|Li Imperial Household|
|– Exiled to Yanbei|
|Wei Noble Consort|
– Most favored consort of (previous) Emperor Li
- Ruling dynasty; the current imperial clan
- The north of Great Zhou; the old court before the imperial family migrated to the south
- The border/remote region of Yan.
- Main city of Yanbei where the south and north path congregates. A constant battleground.
- Province of Yanbei where the Western Mountain, Xiaobai River and Baihe town can be found.
- This is a pass that connects the north and east.
- Mountain ridge in Youzhou that turned out to be a viable coal mine.
- Location of Ren Family Residence.
- River that faces Ren Residence/estate
- Main residence of the family; a grand residence with excellent feng shui/
- Originally said to be owned and sold cheap by a prestigious family that migrated to the south with the imperial family during the war.
|Pertaining to person:|
|-shi (氏): Honorific, can be Ms. or Mrs. but I’ll just retain it because it’s a suffix used in connection to the maiden name.|
|Di-born (嫡嫡亲): Legitimate; born from the first wife.|
|Saozi (嫂子)- Honorific used for older married woman.|
|This slave (奴婢- núbì): Form of “I” that denotes their slave servant position.|
|Old wife (家的-jiade): Literal trans. (old) wife. But it actually pertains to Surname (family’s) wife. So you say that in connection to the surname.|
|Imperial Preceptor (帝师;- dìshī): Teacher of the Emperor.|
|Momo (嬷嬷): Elderly lady or wet nurse.|
|Curtsied (万福-Wangfuli): Salute or bowing that women specifically used. It varies depending on the dynasty, occasion and the status of the person being saluted.|
|Kowtow: Kneeling while touching the ground with their forehead in worship or submission.|
|Place and object:|
|Cangshan Eminent (苍山雄踞): a large lingbi stone brought by Bao Ming in Anhui after great expense; situated at Ronghua Garden and one of the wonders in the Ren residence.|
|Lingbi stone (灵璧): stone found in Lingbi country, Anhui or most commonly known as Scholar’s rock (供石- gonshi). It is a naturally occurring or shaped rocks which are traditionally appreciated by Chinese scholars.|
|Farmstead (庄子-Zhuāngzǐ): Can also mean, Manor depending on how grand it is.|
|Feng shui (风水): Geomancy.|
|Flower-hung gate (二门/垂花门): the second gate in Chinese. This is an inner gate separating the first from the second courtyard. Across from the Ermen are the private quarters of a family. The decorations on the Chuihuamen usually indicate the status of the family head.|
|Juiqui cloister (九曲回廊): Nine Promenade winding corridor.|
|Kang: domestic heated system used during winter; heated bed brick connected to the cooking place that ventilates and heats it.|
|Kang table: A rectangular, long and low table.|
|Ronghua (Courtyard) (荣华): Glory and splendour (Courtyard).|
|Nanmu chairs: made from nanmu wood.|
|Songjiang jacket (松江): The place where the cotton cloth is produced; best worn during winter.|
|Tea room (茶水房): These are rooms intended for guests to stay when they have to wait long.|
|Wangfu (王府): Prince mansion.|
Dai Wangfu, Datong City: Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)
|Yuanbao hairstyle: A hairstyle topped with a bun shaped like a yuanbao. A yuanbao is a type of currency used in ancient China, it is either a carved gold or silver ingot.|
|Ziwei (Courtyard) (紫薇): Crape Myrtle (Courtyard).|
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