[TYCDTN] Chapter 30 Part 1

Translated by: Jellylynn

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Edited by: Lynn

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Names mentioned in this chapter (which can also be found in the glossary):

-虞襄(yú xiāng)- Yu Xiang, the female lead

-虞思雨(yú sī yù)- Yu Si Yu, the female and male lead’s sister

-老太太(lǎotàitai)- Old Madam

Yu Si Yu was embroidering Buddhist scriptures for the Old Madam when she heard the chattering voices of the young maidservants. 

“Two distinguished guests have visited our manor today. Have you seen them? That outfit, the clothes they are wearing, such grandeur!” 

“It’s said that she is the Old Madam’s old friend’s daughter. Her husband’s family is Shi Yuntong, the envoy of salt transportation. This time, she accompanied her son to the capital for the imperial examination.” 

“How did he fare?”

“Of course, he is in the top ten. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be staying in the capital and waiting for the imperial examination. The Marquis is the emperor’s highly favoured subject. For someone of his status to stay in the Marquis manor will really make others clearly see his family’s connections and power, right?” 

“So he is here to take advantage of that. He would probably ask the Marquis to help him out.” 

“What are you even talking about? They lived in the official residence, he is the salt transport envoy, and it is the most popular job in the Han Dynasty. In terms of family assets, even two Marquises’ manors aren’t equivalent to half of their family! What’s more, his son is very handsome, a person with splendid future prospects, has an elegant demeanor which isn’t inferior to the Marquis!” 

“This quick-witted girl, how do you know this so well?” 

“When I passed by the front yard, I saw that he was drinking with the Marquis at the pavilion in the middle of the lake. His every gesture was very sophisticated.  ” 

When talking about this, the little maid servants started to giggle merrily 

Yu Si Yu unconsciously stopped embroidering and listened. At that time, the Old Madam’s head maidservant, Wan Qiu, lifted the curtain of the door and said, “Young Miss, there is a distinguished guest in the house. Old Madam has invited you to meet her.” 

This immediately raised Yu Si Yu’s spirits. She hurriedly threw her embroidery frame, found the most appropriate Ruqun[1] and put it on. She rushed to the main courtyard and entered the door right after Yu Xiang. 

Although Yu Si Yu’s appearance was not as dazzling as that of Yu Xiang, it was also elegant and beautiful. Compared with Yu Xiang’s enchanting, beautiful and flamboyant appearance, Yu Si Yu had a more gentle and virtuous temperament. Even though she was only a shu[2] daughter, her family background was a little different. However, Marquis Yongle was situated in an important position, which was simply in the heart of the emperor. He grew up together with the Crown Prince, which was enough to ensure the prosperity and glory of Marquis Yongle manor for a hundred years. 

Even if the Fang family married a shu daughter of the Yongle Marquis Manor, they would be regarded as marrying someone of a higher social position. Moreover, the Fang family was currently on shaky grounds and no one could save them except Yongle Marquis, who was a commander and possessed an official residence. 

Pondering over this, Pei Shi took out two jadeite jade bangles that were almost as clear as water[3] and put on both Yu Xiang and Yu Si Yu. Then, she pulled Yu Si Yu to question her and her attitude was very cordial. 

Yu Si Yu’s fingertips were trembling due to excitement. She glanced at Yu Xiang who was sipping on her tea slowly. Her eyes were filled with complacency. If she married into the Fang family, there would be countless splendor and wealth awaiting her, which was no worse than that of the Marquis. In addition, the di[4] son of the Fang family wasn’t only talented, but also handsome and extraordinary. He was the ideal person amongst thousands of ladies.

In contrast, Yu Xiang, a disabled and illegitimate child, how long can she be proud for? An immense joy rose in her heart as she eagerly fawned over Pei Shi even more. 

How could the Old Madam not read her thoughts? She was very angry with her flattering behaviour, but she could not state it explicitly. She had to urge the servants to prepare meals and ordered people to add wine and dishes for his grandson and Fang Zichen in the front yard. 

After a round of drinking, Pei Shi was finally satisfied and bid the Old Madam farewell and went back to Die Cui courtyard for a rest. The Old Madam asked someone to guide her there. She turned her head and looked towards Yu Si Yu and said solemnly, “Since you are already sixteen, it’s time for you to prepare to receive prospective suitors. You must be well aware of the reason why Madam Pei came to meet you today. I don’t want to say anything further. I just want to warn you that rushing to find a partner isn’t buying and selling items. You should open your eyes and see clearly. Don’t jump into the fire pit by yourself and drag our Yongle Marquis manor down with you.”

Yu Si Yu’s face revealed a trace of humiliation. She lowered her head and agreed vaguely, “Granddaughter understands Grandmother’s teachings.”

“Well, then you can leave.” The Old Madam looked at Yu Xiang and her face became gentler. “Xiang’er has just returned from Zhengguo Temple praying for blessings. You are also tired. You may leave as well.” 

Yu Xiang sweetly agreed. Before she left the courtyard, she saw the Momo in charge of purchasing cloth and jewellery had returned. “Young Miss, the material for making spring clothes has arrived. The shopkeeper of Jin Xiue pavilion has just delivered it. Please go and check it.”

“Push me there.” Yu Xiang waved her hand lazily. Spring had yet to arrive, the plants and trees were luxuriant. Just after drinking a few glasses of light wine, she could smell the fragrance of flowers. How she wished she could sleep under the sun on a soft divan.

Yu Si Yu was exhilarated. After hearing this, she followed silently behind. 

The shopkeeper had been waiting for a long time. When she saw Yu Xiang, he immediately came forward, saluted and his attitude was very brown-nose. When Yu Xiang checked the cloth, he didn’t dare to say any further because this master’s eyes were very sharp. She would only need one glance to know whether the material was good and colour was adequate. If you talk too much, she would be fed up and her feline eyes would give you an indifferent glance which would make you feel so diffident that you wish to drill a hole and hide in it. 

In this way, the materials supplied to the Yongle Marquis manor were of high-level of exquisity  materials and they dare not mix in any fake ones. 

After checking all the fabrics, Yu Xiang threw one of the matching tablets[5] to the shopkeeper and casually said, “Go to the accountant’s office and receive the silver. If you have new jewellery, send someone to show it to me. Regarding the price, you will be paid well and there will be no loss for you. Remember, we want the latest and newest, I, Yu Xiang, won’t bother getting things that others have worn before.” 

The shopkeeper picked up the cards and agreed continuously. 


[1] 襦裙(rú qún)- Ruqun is an item of traditional Chinese attire primarily for women but also for men. It consists of a blouse (襦 rú ) and a wrap-around skirt (裙 qún). Credits: Wikipedia

[2] 庶(shù)- children born from a concubine

[3] The finest quality jadeite are almost transparent or semitransparent where the text can be read through and it would be slightly blurred. Because light penetrates below the surface, semi-transparent jadeite has an alluring brilliance where it almost appears to glow, increasing the charm of lush green or rich lavender hue. 

[4] 嫡 (dí) – Legitimate.

[5] 对牌(duì pái)- A pair of tablet also known as ‘checking the number tablet’ are made of bamboo and wood, with numbers on them and split in half. It was used as an authentication object which is used to withdraw items from the family. When the servant needs items, after the consent of the family head, she/he will remove half of the tablets and then the servants will receive the items using it. At the time of settlement, the family head would use it to verify. 

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