[TYCDTN] – Chapter 85 Part 2

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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

-易风(yì fēng)- Yi Feng, Yu Pin Yan’s name in the officialdom.

-虞府( ) – the Yu manor

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

-林氏 (Lín shì) – Lin Shi

-老太太 (Lǎo tàitài) – Old Madam

-馬嬤嬤 (mǎ mó mo)- Old Madam’s personal maidservant

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

-常雅芙 (Cháng yǎ fú) – Yu Pin Yan’s prenatal betrothal, Duke Jingguo’s 2nd daughter

-常雅婷 (Cháng yǎ tíng) – Duke Jingguo’s legitimate eldest daughter

-虞品鸿 (Yú pǐn hóng) – Yu Pin Yan’s cousin, son of his Shu’s paternal uncle

Outside the door, Madam Jingguo led Old Madam, Yu Xiang as well as others and hurriedly rushed in, simply to let the Yu family see with their own eyes the sins they had committed so that the marriage of these two children could be settled in an honorable manner.

Hearing footsteps, Yu Pin Yan reached out to shove and pushed Chang Ya Fu away but who knew, as if suddenly out of her mind, she jumped on him clasping her arms tightly over his neck and wounding her legs around his waist that he simply was unable to tear her off.

When the door crashed open, the inner room’s screen was ripped off due to premeditation and everyone’s line of vision immediately focused on the two entangled figures. Madam Jingguo and her eldest Di[1] daughter pretended to cry out in surprise then turned around to firmly close and lock the door preventing everyone inside the room from leaving with the stance of settling the accounts after autumn[2].

Old Madam was so angry that she could not utter a word out while the hand holding the walking stick shook. Lin Shi and Yu Miao Qi hastily stepped forward to support her, lest she pass out from this blow but the lowering eyelids of Yu Miao Qi obscured the gloating look in her eyes.

This Chang Ya Fu is also ruthless. In order to trap Yu Pin Yan, she is actually willing to use herself as the bait. Now that he has already seen everything that should and should not be seen, for the sake of both families’ reputation, Yu Pin Yan will have to shoulder this blame no matter how unwilling he is.

As all the maidservants and pozi had been dismissed by Madam Jingguo, Yu Xiang looked at Yu Miao Qi with an extremely gloomy expression and ordered, “Push me over there.” Yu Miao Qi was stunned and immediately released the hold of Old Madam to push her over, wanting to see what she actually wished to do.

Yu Pin Yan is still trying to tear Chang Ya Fu off but it’s futile as Chang Ya Fu’s chest is bare, wouldn’t she be completely seen by others if she was to be pulled away? So, in order to save the last bit of her prestige, she is determined not to come down. Their struggles utterly messed up Yu Pin Yan’s neat clothes which unexpectedly looked like they were having an affair.

Being pushed to the front of the bed, Yu Xiang raised her horse whip and successively flogged Chang Ya Fu’s butt five to six lashes without any intention of giving up. The muffled sound of leather hitting the flesh of the butt echoed in the air one after another, causing people’s toothaches just listening to it. Unable to endure any longer, Chang Ya Fu cried out in extreme pain that she released both her hands and legs then climbed onto the bed to avoid the floggings.

Yu Xiang picked up the thin quilt that had fallen on the ground and threw it on her body with two raging flames burning in her bright eyes. Pulling her elder brother behind her, she glared at him fiercely.

Yu Pin Yan, however, smiled faintly at her and methodically straightened his clothes.

Madam Jingguo and her eldest Di daughter rushed to the bed to check on Chang Ya Fu’s injuries. Seeing her wrapping herself up with the brocade quilt unwaveringly and refusing to show her face, they could only turn to look at Old Madam who had already calmed down and asked, “Old Madam, what do you think should be done after seeing this? Shouldn’t there be an explanation since our Fu’er has been taken advantage by Yan’er?”

How could Old Madam not see that this was a trap set by the Chang family’s mother and daughter but Yan’er had indeed ruin her reputation. Moreover, the eldest Di daughter of the Chang family is also a formidable witness presently since she is married to Lord Jiang, the Left Chief Officer of the Imperial Censor and if Chang Ya Fu is not accepted into their family, not knowing what kind of trouble the Chang family will stir up.

Pondering about it, Old Madam had no choice but to knock her tooth off and swallow the blood[3] as she nodded her head and said, “Then arrange their marriage as soon as possible.”

Upon hearing this, not only the Chang family’s mother and daughters smiled, even Lin Shi’s mother and daughter also revealed the look of joy. Chang Ya Fu is obviously at odds with Old Madam and Yu Xiang hence she can precisely assist them once she marries into the Yu manor. Moreover, Yu Pin Yan is at the hot-blooded age and will eventually feel a little special with his first woman. As such, they will stand a good chance to win him over.

Yet Yu Pin Yan, who was the core of everyone’s plot was still relaxed as he bent over and stared at his younger sister’s gloomy face.

Yu Xiang pushed away the handsome face that was getting closer and closer before voicing out with a smirk, “This marriage cannot be done!”

“A marriage conforms to the command of the parents and the words of a matchmaker. With all the elders present here now while the betrothal gifts and marriage agreement are all in place, how can it not be done?” Madam Jingguo spoke with mockery, “Xiang’er, it’s time you learn the rules too. There’s no room for you to interfere in such matters as an unmarried girl.”

Yu Xiang thrashed the mattress with her horse whip and spoke in a sombre voice, “How can you still have the audacity to tell me to learn the rules? What kind of unmarried girl would privately lure a man to her room and calmly strip naked for others to see? Is this the rule of your Chang family? This has truly broadened everyone’s horizon!”

Madam Chang was rendered speechless with anger while her eldest Di daughter, Chang Ya Ting did not know how to refute her. Today’s incident was indeed their ruse, sacrificing Chang Ya Fu’s reputation at the expense of trapping Yu Pin Yan, otherwise who else will Chang Ya Fu marry in this lifetime? Who dares to accept the woman that the King of Hell does not want?

Now that her reputation has been ruined, it is indeed ridiculous to mention about the rules again.

Yu Xiang directly pulled the quilt away before she commented coldly, “Chang Ya Fu’s conduct has always been uncalled for and she has also been involved with Yu Pin Hong. Now she can even actually do such a thing like stripping her clothes voluntarily to seduce. This behavior is truly so slutty that I suspect her body has long been unclean, so this marriage cannot be concluded. What do you take of my elder brother? The turtle bastard[4] who specializes in picking up worn shoes[5] and be cuckold?” 

The Chang family’s mother and daughter were so angry that smoke rose from the top of their heads and Chang Ya Fu recoiled into a small hurdle at the corner of the bed, seemingly unable to face anyone while Yu Pin Yan laughed softly.

Yu Xiang turned her head and gave him a fierce glare.

The dark and gloomy eyes of Old Madam revealed a hint of radiance as she nodded in agreement, “Xiang’er is right. My Yu family is unable to tolerate any unclear and impure woman entering our home.”

Madam Jingguo became anxious and retorted sharply, “How is our Fu’er unclean? It’s obvious that your family Yu Pin Yan who has the lustful intent and abuses his power to bully others yet still refuses to admit after having taken the advantage! Are you doubting Fu’er’s reputation? Why don’t you get a Momo* to examine her body? If Fu’er is unblemished and her reputation is now ruined by Yu Pin Yan’s hand then your Yu family will have to be responsible!”

[T/N: Normally this Momo is the venerated elderly woman from the imperial palace and not the household Momo]

[1] 嫡 (dí) – Legitimate.

[2] 秋后算账 (Qiūhòusuànzhàng) – Metaphor of waiting for the opportunity to retaliate afterwards.

[3] 打落牙齿和血吞 (Dǎ luò yáchǐ hé xuè tūn) – metaphor of after being wronged but still need to swallow the humiliation.

[4] 乌龟王八 – (Wūguī wángbā) – wangba literary means turtle. This term is a famous northern Chinese blaspheme that derogate men whose livelihoods depend on women who prostitute themselves/scoundrels.

[5] 破鞋 (Pòxié) – loose woman / promiscuous

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