[TYCDTN] – Chapter 78 Part 1

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

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

-虞品言( pǐn yán )- Yu Pin Yan, the male lead

-虞府( ) – the Yu manor

-永乐侯府 (Yǒng lè hóu fǔ)- Marquis Yongle manor

-虞妙琪 / 沈妙琪 ( Yu miao qi / Shén miào qí) – the original fl of the novel and Yu Pin Yan’s Di younger sister

-沈元奇(Shěn yuán qí)- Shen Yuan Qi, Yu Xiang’s biological elder brother.

Shen Yuan Qi’s method of handling affairs has always been ruthlessly shrewd and guileful. Now that the younger sister he longed-for is by his side, he would naturally put out his utmost fervor to respond and moments later, the two young girls became familiar with him.

After listening to the part of him being a slave in the Xue family, Yu Xiang clicked her tongue in wonder and asked, “Do you have ten taels of silver?”

Reaching for his money pouch, Shen Yuan Qi replied softly, “Of course.” He did not feel the least bit wrong with the young girl he had merely met twice demanding him for silver taels.

Yu Xiang covered her face and said, “Didn’t I say at that time you can throw the silver taels back to my face after you’ve thrived? I didn’t expect those words to come true. So, just throw it. I, Yu Xiang, am not that kind of vile character who fails to make good on my promise and moreover, those silver taels were actually mine, so there is no reason not to ask for it back. The most exhilarating thing in this world is to be slugged by silver taels, so just slug it away, as long as it doesn’t hit my face, I can endure a hundred or more silver taels.

Shen Yuan Qi was stunned then burst into hearty laughter immediately. Such a quirky and spontaneously uninhibited little girl is exactly his Di younger sister who is thousands times more adorable than he would have imagined. Why did Heavens insist on playing such a trick on them, letting her go to the Yu family while sending the jinx to the Shen family. Was it not as such, their family would surely be living very happily now.

Smiling, his eyes exuded deep anguished.

Yu Xiang seemed to sense it somewhat while the Ninth Princess was seemingly enthralled as she propped her chin up and stared at the extremely handsome smiling face of the top scholar.

Exactly at this moment, a low deep voice resounded, “Lord Shen, His Highness is looking for you.”

Everyone turned their heads to look, revealing different expressions. While the Ninth Princess and Shen Yuan Qi were somewhat inexplicably heedful, Yu Xiang, however, was very much surprised as she called out her elder brother.

Stepping forward to greet the Ninth Princess, Yu Pin Yan then stared at his younger sister and asked, “Has Xiang’er and Lord Shen known each other for a long time?”

“En. When Lord Shen fell under the wheel of my carriage and almost crushed to death, I compensated him with ten taels of silver for the shock.” In order to save the face of the top scholar, Yu Xiang vaguely left out the matter of him ‘seeking death.’

Not knowing whether to laugh or to cry, Shen Yuan Qi nodded his head.

Turning her wheelchair to a different direction, Yu Pin Yan pushed it towards the side door not far away and softly said, “This is the boundary of the front courtyard, so to avoid the Ninth Princess from running into any foreign man, you should bring her back. Old General Fan has just arrived and Miss Fan most probably is looking for both of you.”

Yu Xiang obediently agreed and dragged the reluctant Ninth Princess away. Watching them go distant away, Yu Pin Yan turned back and gazed piercingly at Shen Yuan Qi, “What did you say to Xiang’er?”

“Words that should not be said, this official will not say. So please rest assured, Commander Yu.” After a pause, Shen Yuan Qi eventually could not help asking, “Commander Yu has said you will send this official’s younger sister home, yet not knowing when is it actually?”

Glancing profoundly at him, Yu Pin Yan took a step forward, “Wait after Xiang’er’s coming of age (jiji[1]).”

Shen Yuan Qi questioned closely as he blindly kept pace, “Why must it be after the coming of age (jiji)?” He can’t wait for a moment longer.

“One can get married after jiji, so it naturally must be after that.” Yu Pin Yan smiled meaningfully.

Shen Yuan Qi knitted his brows in deep thought.

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Yu Miao Qi was cast aside in the side hall by the Ninth Princess and because she was Marquis Yongle manor’s Di daughter, the three younger sisters of the Crown Princess treated her very kindly. The atmosphere was harmoniously pleasant as the young girls all gathered together talking about dressing up, rouge and powder as well as some domestic trivialities..

The maiden family of the Crown Princess is the Min family in Canshui that on the whole had produced four Imperial Teachers. What’s more, the paternal grandfather of the Crown Princess has personally taught the reigning Emperor and the Crown Prince. Although he has now resigned while the Crown Princess’ father is merely a second-ranked Bachelor of the Imperial Academy[2],  the Min family’s standing is very objective.

Consequently, the three girls of the Min family are gracefully kind and compelling dignified, particularly the prettiest youngest one who vaguely claims herself as the host while she attends and manages both the guests as well as the servants fittingly well.

Looking coldly, Yu Miao Qi has already perceived the other party’s thoughts; this is intending to succeed the last wish of the Crown Princess of becoming the Crown Prince’s second wife? Truly beyond stupid! The Crown Princess has already given birth to a pair of imperial offspring, would she not consider her own children? She will definitely coax her younger sister to take the sterilization drug before she dies then let the other party raise her children for her willingly.

Disaster is imminent, yet these few are still complacently dreaming!

Hanging her head low and taking a sip of hot tea, Yu Miao Qi smiled smugly. No matter if the Crown Princess has such thoughts, once this matter is exposed indirectly then these sisters will dispute hotly amongst themselves. Besides the Min sisters, who else is more suitable to be the Crown Prince’s Zhengfei[3] in this Great Han? Naturally, it’s the younger sister of the All Commander Yu, who was the study companion of the Crown Prince and an important official of the Emperor. It will be absolutely impossible without roping Yu Pin Yan in, if the Crown Prince wants to ascend the throne successfully.


[1] 及笄 (Jíjī) – girl reaches age fifteen (come of age when girls at fifteen have their hair bound up and held by a hairpin) / marriageable age.

[2]翰林院侍读学士 (Hànlín yuàn shì dú xuéshì) – Imperial Academy was set up to study the history of the country, record the words and deeds of the emperor, enter the history of the scriptures and draft the manuscripts of the ceremonies. Bachelors of the Imperial Academy taught and read scripture history for the emperor and prince, as well as prepared consultants to respond.

[3] 正妃 (Zhèng fēi) – main wife of a prince

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