Mei Gongqing 21-23

Chapter 21: The Clansmen’s Arrival

Just then, another series of rapid hooves was gaining on them.

The resulting flying dust did not clear for a long time, and when it did, was to the appearance of at least four or five thousand people.

Before they could realize what was happening, flying flags with a wolf-head coat of arms were coming into sight. “The Hu…” dozens of Hans cried out.

These mere two words revealed how terrified they felt.

At this moment, that large army burst into cackles. A man shouted using a strange Han accent: “They are Hans. So many Han nobles. Bwahahaha.”

His laughter was extremely disrespectful.

Unwittingly, the nobles turned to Ran Min, their expressions were those of panic and apprehension, and mostly despair. They knew what ‘five thousand elite Hu soldiers’ meant. Ran Min’s army only had 800 soldiers, how could he rival the other party? Not only him, but even 100,000 Jin soldiers would end in total defeat were they to confront 5,000 Hu.

Ran Min’s expression was that of indifference as he faced the crowd’s full attention. A cold light flashed from his blazing dark eyes. He looked in that direction nonchalantly, then blithely turned his head and continued to ride forward.

In a moment’s time, that large team had come within five hundred paces of the nobles.

Once again, the soldiers raised their bows and aimed their arrows at the sky.

“Fire!”

Whoosh.

In the blink of an eye, hundreds of arrows pierced through the sky and landed in front of the barbarians’ horseshoes.

Being superb riders, the Hu simultaneously reined their horses and, after the animals gave long neighs, came to a halt.

A young Hu, who was masked, rode out and demanded: “Who are you people?”

He was, of course, asking about the clans’ escort.

Again, the soldiers replied in unison: “Our general is the Heavenly Prince Shi Min!”

The masked Hu was visibly stunned. He pulled on the rein, repeating: “Heavenly Prince Shi Min?”

“That’s right.”

He frowned upon hearing this. At a glance, he could see the nobles’ escorting team was composed of less than a thousand soldiers while he had five thousand behind him!

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Noticing the Hu’s hesitation, the nobles became unnerved. They all turned their heads anxiously watching Ran Min.

They were met with his back as he leisurely continued to ride forward as though none of this mattered to him.

Yes, of course he doesn’t care. Even if we really clashed with the Hu, he could very well leave us. As this thought passed through their minds, the young nobles’ dismay heightened significantly.

At this point, another Hu rushed his horse forward and started whispering: “Fourth brother, why are you hesitating? There are so many carriages, all of them filled with treasures. These are nothing but stupid Jin slaves, what are you afraid of?”

“He’s Heavenly Prince Shi Min!” the masked man coldly replied.

At the same time, he raised his clasped hands toward the man in question and spoke: “I did not know you are the Heavenly Prince. Do accept my apology. Retreat!”

Upon his words, the elite army began to change direction, slowly and orderly receding.

Only until they were two or three miles away and the dust their horses left diminished to mere specks did the nobles turn to look at Ran Min.

Ran Min continued on in his leisure pace, his red stallion’s hooves clopping on the ground in an extremely relaxed manner.

“This man can actually frighten the barbarians so?” Wang Zhuo muttered quietly, his voice full of disbelief.

In reality, all of them were staring in disbelief at Ran Min while their murmurs filled the air.

Nonetheless, they relaxed much more visibly after this experience. He did not take a second look at the 5,000 elite Hu soldiers though he only had 800 men. With this kind of escort, what were they afraid of?

The team kept their pace going forward. At this time, an extremely handsome boy rushed his horse to Ran Min’s side as he said something to the other man.

The Wangs and Yus knew this lad as the young gentleman from the Sun house who had been traveling with Ah Rong of the Chen house. They wondered what it was he had to say to Ran Min.

Curious, they kept looking to the two of them.

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Not long after, they saw Sun Yan trotting on and retreating behind Ran Min, following him.

After encountering the barbarians twice, the road was pronouncedly quieter.

They went on like this for two days. By the third day, the cavalcade had gone nearly a hundred miles from the Yellow River.

Just then, a burst of excitement gave sound. Amid the noises, Wang Wulang shouted: “Ah Rong of the Chen house, come out, come out quickly. Your clansmen are here!”

Clansmen?

That’s right, they should be arriving at about this time!

Chen Rong faintly smiled and drew her curtain.

From the other side of the drapery, Wang Wulang seemed to her very happy. He looked at Chen Rong with sparkles in his eyes, smiled and said, “It’s another branch from your clan. Isn’t that great?”

Great? Why is it great?

Seeing Chen Rong stock-still, he turned and told Old Shang: “Quick, take your lady to see her family.”

“Aye, sir.”

Chen Rong’s carriage drove forth and squeezed through the crowd, toward the group that had just joined in the front.

At this time, several elders from that group were circling Ran Min. Fifty paces away from them, a beautiful and frail girl about Chen Rong’s age was staring silly at him. Her eyes were gleaming with joy, ardency, and even desire.

Chen Rong closed her eyes upon seeing this scene.

Meanwhile, Nurse Ping, who was walking beside her carriage looked to Wang Wulang while happily telling her: “Miss, I think Wulang of the Wang house really likes you. Look how happy he is to know that your family has come. Perhaps he will even ask for your hand tonight.”

Chapter 22: Déja Vu

Very quickly, Chen Rong’s horse carriage arrived at the forefront of the queue.

Several elders were talking to Ran Min. Since she came at an inopportune time, Chen Rong quietly remained on the side.

The beautiful, frail girl finally recovered her gaze at this time. When she saw Chen Rong, she approached her with the help of a maid and then looked at her smilingly. “Are you Ah Rong? They were just talking about you a moment ago. They have nothing but praises for you.”

“My name is Chen Wei,” she then added. “I am your older cousin.”

Of course Chen Rong knew she was her cousin.

“How do you do,” she raised her voice in reply while dropping her gaze. When she found herself unconsciously wringing her garment, she drew a deep breath and relaxed her grip.

Chen Wei blushed; there was an abashment on her beautiful face that commonly belonged to young maidens in love. She again stared dreamily at Ran Min and actually imprudently asked Chen Rong: “Ah Rong, do you think is he a true man of honor?”

The ‘he’ she spoke of was, of course, Ran Min.

Chen Rong turned her gaze in his direction. At this time, a faint smile was found on his face, the blaze was gone from his dark eyes, and his entire being looked to be much gentler.

She removed her gaze and indifferently said, “Yes, he is a man of honor.”

Having received Chen Rong’s confirmation, Chen Wei’s small face grew redder. She happily looked at Ran Min and said, “I’m glad you also feel he is a man of honor.” Her blush had now spread all the way to her neck. She looked down and said to her cousin in embarrassment: “For some reason I like you the moment we met. I just want to tell you everything.”

Really? Chen Rong sneered deep down inside.

She lowered her eyes, smiled and said, “Jiejie (older sister), you’re like a lotus flower. Your purity stems from within.”

Chen Wei was overjoyed by Chen Rong’s assessment. Only now did she begin to properly look at the other girl for the first time.

Watching the undisguised joy and pride on Chen Wei’s face, Chen Rong could not help but feel taken aback: The truth was that she had forgotten. She had forgotten that after the last segment of their journey, she was no longer the old Chen Rong of the past. Her opinions now carried with them a certain weight.

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At this time, the elders surrounding Ran Min had dispersed, leaving only a middle-aged scholar who beckoned Chen Rong over.

She stepped down from the carriage, curtsied to him and bowed her head while saying in an honest manner: “I’m Chen Rong from the City of Ping. Good greetings, uncle.”

The middle-aged scholar nodded. “So you are Ah Rong? You don’t have to introduce yourself. I know who your father and brother are. I saw them a year ago before they followed everyone to Jiankang.”

He paused to wave Chen Wei over.

Chen Wei’s gaze quickly withdrew from Ran Min, running to her father’s side with her face still colored with a flush.

“Wei’er,” the scholar lovingly said to Chen Wei, “Ah Rong’s guardians are not here. We are her family. I hope you’ll take care of each other as though you are sisters.” Then he turned to Chen Rong and said, “Since your father and brother are not here, I will be your guardian. When we arrive in Nan’yang, you and Wei’er will stay together.”

Chen Rong bit her lips, wanting to say something. After some deliberation, however, she could only whisper an “aye” in reply.

Chen Wei smiled and happily complied. “I got it, father. We were just talking moments ago. Ah Rong even said I’m just like a lotus flower.”

There was a naiveté in her voice. The middle-aged scholar laughed and caressed her hair, shaking his head. “When will you ever grow up? All right, run along with Ah Rong now.”

Chen Wei laughed and bounced to Chen Rong, taking her hand and skipping off to the crowd. Even as she ran, she could not help looking back toward Ran Min.

One glance at that masculine handsomeness rendered Chen Wei’s face a deep red again.

Perhaps sensing Chen Wei’s gaze, Ran Min suddenly turned around and cast a glance at the girls with his deep electrified eyes.

Chen Wei blushed terribly and quickly lowered her head, almost to the point of burying it into her chest.

At this sight, Ran Min raised a brow in curiosity and then walked over to them.

Holding Chen Rong’s hand, Chen Wei involuntarily trembled as she asked, “H-he’s coming over. Ah Rong, what should I do? What should I do?” Embarrassment, joy, and fear were all detected in her voice.

Chen Rong quietly watched the man who was making his way over. “He’s only coming over,” she lightly said, “He won’t eat anyone. What are you afraid of?”

Despite saying so, her left hand clenched into a fist under her sleeve. In her previous life, she had never understood this man. Years later, she would recall this scene and think that he had likely walked toward the two of them out of affection for her cousin.

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Living it all over again, she could finally see things clearly.

Ran Min had at this time reached the two girls.

He was a tall man. When he stood like that in front of them, looking down from above, he felt strikingly towering. Chen Wei shook despite herself.

Chen Rong was much calmer. Her eyes were not directed to Ran Min, nor were they to Chen Wei. She just stood there as if she didn’t know that he was standing in front of her.

Ran Min gave Chen Wei a glance before turning his attention to Chen Rong. “What are your names?” he inquired with a pleasantly deep voice.

Right, in the past, he had also opened with this line.

Chen Rong didn’t answer this time. She turned to her cousin waiting for her to speak first.

Chen Wei blushed and nervously curtsied to Ran Min, stammering: “I’m… I’m Chen Wei.”

Ran Min’s eyes returned to Chen Rong.

She slightly moved her lips to say in a low voice: “I’m Chen Rong.”

“Ah Rong of the Chen house? I know you,” he remarked, nodding. These were not words he said in the past. Back then, he had looked at the whip in her hand and asked, “Are you fond of using riding whips?” How had she answered him then? She had likely wanted to say yes, but thinking of the world’s opinion on a woman who uses a whip, she had quickly hid it behind her and answered, “This is someone else’s. I’m only borrowing it to play.”

He said he knew her. Though they were three simple words, Chen Wei’s rosy face drained white the moment he said them, and then she extracted her hand from Chen Rong’s.

Chen Rong looked over to Chen Wei, this time not answering Ran Min.

He watched her for a while, nodded, then turned and walked away.

Chen Rong stood rooted to the spot all the way until his back disappeared from her sight. So too, did Chen Wei.

All of a sudden, Chen Wei whipped around and hurried back to her carriage.

Watching her departing figure, Chen Rong frowned in puzzlement and thought to herself: Could it be that he also doesn’t feel much more for her? I used to think he fell in love with her at first sight, was that just a mistaken speculation?

Chapter 23: A Lifetime Lost Due to a Glance

While Chen Rong was staring off, a clear voice came to her from behind: “Ah Rong?”

It was Wang Wulang.

Chen Rong turned and spoke: “Good greetings, Wulang.”

“There’s so need for such formality between you and me.” Wang Wulang hopped down from his carriage and went to Chen Rong’s side. He dithered for a moment before asking: “Ah Rong, did your uncle say how your father and brother are doing in Jiankang right now?”

“How they’re doing?” Chen Rong looked at him quizzically.

“That is, what ranks are they holding currently?” As soon as he said these words, Wang Wulang hurried to repeat himself: “I’m just asking, I’m just asking.”

Chen Rong looked at him. After offering a little smile, she suddenly replied just as he was turning to go: “I think my father is still only an eighth-ranked magistrate.”

Wang Wulang paused at her words. He knitted his brow, his face a bit solemn when he asked, “What about your brother?”

“Likely also an eighth-rank.”

“Is that so?” He sounded disappointed. He gave her a nod and took his leave.

He had barely left by the time the 7th lady’s carriage drew near. She glanced toward Chen Rong and asked her brother, “Fifth brother, what did she say?”

Wang Wulang frowned and said unhappily, “Her father and brother are still only minor eighth-ranked officials.”

The 7th lady scoffed: “Promotions are common among nobles who went to Jiankang. I can’t believe her father and brother are so useless that they’re still only minor eighth-ranked officials.” Here, she turned to Wang Wulang and told him in seriousness: “Fifth brother, if that’s the case, then you cannot marry Chen Rong as your primary wife.”

Wang Wulang nodded, saying in uncertainty: “But if I were to ask her to be my concubine, I’m sure she wouldn’t agree.” When his eyes turned to Chen Rong, her beautiful face blinded him under the sunlight. Admiring her awhile, his heart drummed a bit quicker. “This is an important matter. I should talk to father about it regardless.” He removed his gaze from Chen Rong’s face and clenched his teeth determinedly: “I will let father know and then discuss the matter after we arrive in Nan’yang.”

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The team started moving again.

In the Chen camp, Chen Yuan was laughing in delight.

At his resounding laughter, the Chen children all turned to look at him in surprise.

“I did not expect Ah Rong to be so clever. How capital!” Ah, so he was talking about Chen Rong. The youngsters nodded and paid him no further attention. When Chen Yuan and Ran Min were talking earlier, all the young nobles were also standing nearby and had heard of Chen Rong’s matter. After all, Chen Rong as a young lass was able to foresee correctly three times. Something so rare and remarkable easily became a topic of gossip.

Chen Wei sat in her carriage listening to her brothers talking about Chen Rong outside. She pursed her lips at first, but whatever she was thinking, she immediately clenched her teeth and lifted the curtain.

She instructed her carriage to approach Chen Rong’s, and then from across their curtains, she timidly spoke: “Ah Rong, I was rude. Don’t be upset with me.”

Chen Rong lifted her curtain, her expression was one of grievance and confusion. “Jie, I don’t understand. Why were you angry at me?”

Chen Wei froze.

She carefully regarded Chen Rong and when she saw that her look of grievance did not seem to be pretense, she bit her lips, bowed her head and quietly said, “Ah Rong, how did you know General Ran Min?”

Chen Rong looked at her in puzzlement and asked, “Wasn’t everyone talking about my foretelling? He naturally knows me from those stories.”

Suddenly realizing the matter, Chen Wei smiled and said in a slight embarrassment: “I-I-I thought he was happy to see you.”

Really?

Chen Rong watched her timid older cousin and all at once felt a rush of dread. She unconsciously clenched her fists again before letting go an instant later.

Not hearing Chen Rong reply, Chen Wei raised her eyes to study her and said rather seriously, “Ah Rong, you don’t like him, do you? Tell me you don’t like him.”

Chen Rong gave a tight-lipped smile, lowered her gaze and slowly said, “Jie, our marriages are determined by our parents.”

“My father wants to betroth me to him,” Chen Wei immediately replied. “Ah Rong, it’s fine as long as you don’t like him.” She raised her head, watching an indecipherable Chen Rong across the curtains. As she watched her, her heart took a little dip. For some reason, she always felt that her cousin, while not necessarily more beautiful than her, was so enchantingly different. If Ah Rong didn’t want to yield, Chen Wei was definitely not her opponent.

With that said, she was only a concubine-born daughter of a concubine-born man belonging to a subsidiary branch. Chen Wei, although also concubine-born, was daughter to a direct descendant. In terms of status, hers was much higher than Chen Rong’s.

Chen Wei looked to be a little too anxious.

Chen Rong furrowed her brow when she saw this look. She gave some thought before looking to the crowd, her eyes unconsciously landing on the somber handsome man.

She silently smiled and lowered her eyes, coyly saying: “Jie, let’s not talk about feelings and love.” And then she turned her back toward the other girl.

That… wasn’t acquiescence.

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Layers of dark clouds took over Chen Wei’s heart. She bit her lips, wanting to probe yet again, but in the end felt a bit embarrassed to do so.

Night soon fell. The cavalcade stopped and the servants hurried to set camp and prepare dinner.

The nobles felt gratitude toward Ran Min ever since he scared away the barbarians twice. They all knew that without his help, their fate would be very worrying.

Unknowingly, the scholars all surrounded him. Elders like Wang Zhuo also came to sit by his side, according him full respect and ceremony.

Ran Min seemed as though he did not notice any of these things. He did not pay heed to the elderly scholars around him, merely keeping his head down as he carefully wiped his double-edged spear with a cloth. Under the sunset, the cold tip vaguely seemed as if it was seeping blood.

After some time, Wang Zhuo scowled when he did not get a response to the few things he said, stood up, flapped his long sleeves and walked away.

More time lapsed when the rest angrily rose and left like Wang Zhuo.

In the end, only Wang Hong, who was busy tuning his zither, still sat next to him. It was uncertain whether he noticed if there was a bloodthirsty and tasteless man who was playing with a weapon at his side or not.

Chen Wei bit her lips saying worriedly: “Everyone thinks so highly of him. Why doesn’t he appreciate their respect and indulge them in conversations on philosophy or the arts, instead of playing with weapons like that? I only hope my father will not change his mind.”

She turned to look at Chen Rong and when she saw her looking at Ran Min in absorption, she could not help calling: “Ah Rong, Ah Rong, what are you looking at?”

She had to call a few times before Chen Rong suddenly awoke. She whirled around, hopped off the carriage, ignored Chen Wei and strode to the distance.

Chen Wei bit her lips at this scene, her face filled with anger.

Chen Rong quickened her steps forward, her hands balling into fists as she thought: No, not again, never again… Last time, it was at this very moment that I fell in love with that man.

It was with her entire life that she had had to pay for this one glance!

 

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80 thoughts on “Mei Gongqing 21-23

  1. Thanks for the update hamster! And here i thought, she still havent met his previous husband! (More bishonen to come 😉 ) cause i was thinking she would show all her resentment towards her previous husband when she met him again. That was really a surprise!

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  2. Does CR manage to wrangle in her own harem? I can count them already Wang Wulang, Sun Yan, Ran Min, and that Wang Qilang(?) guy who helped her first.

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  3. After reading this chapter, I was on a stupid hunger to go to the chinese text and send them through google translate…
    Now on chapter 42-ish, and I think I’m getting stuff but otherwise I’m pretty much lost OTL
    I swear I’m gonna master mandarin one day and read EVERY SINGLE C-NOVEL IN THE UNIVERSE

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  4. Ran Min doesn’t actually seem all that bad, I actually quite like his attitude of indifference, at least he doesn’t act in such pretentious manner like all the other nobles, he just let’s people do whatever they want without the slightest care, it’s just that his indifference isn’t exactly a quality you would want in a husband haha

    Chen Wei is already giving off this vibe of the typical two-faced, clingy, overly jealous type of girl whose very own ignorance would cause misunderstandings that will allow the dark hatred in her to grow

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      • I don’t think RM is that bad either. And I really like the last chapter in this set bcoz it says so much about both CR and CW based on their feelings for him. CR sees him for the upright man that he is while CW needs to seek confirmation. CR likes him for being himself (a loner) whereas CW expects him to change (socialize more). It just seems CW’s feelings are more shallow.

        I finally got a chance to watch Up Idol btw. They’re pretty funny, esp when Ada and Athena mess up the Mandarin and gets poked fun at.

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        • So it was practically love at first sight for CW? And kinda the same for CR in her first life?
          No matter how bad she was in her first life, CR just shows that she’s one to love a man for who he is and doesn’t need for him to change, if only he returned such feelings to her, and maybe she wouldn’t have fallen down such a dark road :/
          And shallow! That’s the word haha the word just jumped out of my head as I was commenting on CW XD

          Ooh did you? It’s so much fun to watch isn’t it? It’s only been a few weeks, but I already love the friendship developed between the girls 🙂 it was so funny when Xie Na imitates them all too XD I think that Ada has got to be my favourite member, on the modelling one, when she was blatantly eyeing the boys with such a pleased smile and then the way she pronounced shuai ge XD XD

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          • Yep, love at first sight for both ladies 😩

            Lol she also blatantly ogled the pilots and flight attendants, and then immediately yelled out that she has a hot husband too, thankies very much. I think the older ones have no shame so they’re funnier to watch.

            I also really like the other host (not from Happy Camp). He freakin knows how to do everything! I fell for him a little when he was milking the cow like a pro and is just generally so dependable.

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            • Falling for the same person whilst stood next to each other like that too, I guess they were just destined to be love rivals since the beginning, but at least CR knows to avoid all this mess in this life 🙂

              Hahaha I love her personality so much haha the older ones really know how to let themselves go from the very beginning, not caring about their idol image and whilst the younger ones seems to be more on the shy side, more conscious of their public image too, they’re slowly opening up more so that’s nice to see

              And I know! He’s so sweet and caring too, it was so sweet of him to tell Xiao Hua she is beautiful the way she is, when you could really tell she is so pressured to lose weight despite her making a joke out of her own chubbiness. I was also so surprised at how good he was at milking the cow, going at it with two hands whilst everyone else struggled XD But both hosts are really nice, it’s good to have two reliable men there amongst all the girls, I think I just love the entire cast haha

              The show also makes me really want to visit the Mongolian plains, it looks so nice there, and it always amazes me how well they maintained their traditions

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              • I can’t imagine the pressure a celebrity goes through. That girl isn’t even chubby in American standard. I think she looks pretty healthy, esp with how cameras add 20% weight to you anyway. And there’s really no pleasing the public. Zheng Shuang and Tang Yan get criticized for how skinny they are. I wish ppl would stop it with the body shaming they do to women.

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                • It’s not just celebrities though, I think it’s asian countries and asian families, maybe not everyone is like that, but a lot of asians are so straight down to the point in pointing at you, the very moment you walk into a family gathering, you will be immediately greeted with words like “oh so-and-so you gained weight!” or “you’re so thin! A passing wind could knock you out” But obviously celebrities has it even harder since they have the entire country watching them :/

                  Btw, I know HQG just finished but have you seen the mess that is HQG 2015??! I thought I was seeing terrible joke when I spotted it o_o

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                  • HQG? I just watched the last ep after your comment (while watching the GOP debate at the same time haha)… It doesn’t connect as well, like going from her death to her revival, but isn’t it basically the same as the novel’s ending?

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                    • Lmao that’s a very strange combination XD
                      And yeh the ending does follow the novels ending…but all of a sudden they did a bbjx > bbjq on it and came out with a new drama (I think it’s web series) called Hua Qian Gu 2015 where they travel into the future to meet QG’s reincarnation – sigh, I can’t even handle this mess

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                    • Haha it would have been best if you didn’t know about it, I want to erase it from my memory XD Only Xia jie jie and Shi Yi from the original cast are in it and the original cast filmed the first ep, but that was it…and yeh I actually checked out the first ep :/

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                    • He looks so much younger and better in modern hair and makeup. I kept thinking Shifu looks stiff and waxy 😆

                      I might check a couple of eps out but I’m not a mystery reader and I also don’t like Bo Jinyan -_- but maybe he’ll be less annoying on screen.

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                    • Yup so true, I didn’t even want to comment on the make up, with all these super hd technology these days, you can see how much they cake the actors’ faces once we get a close up shot, not to mention when shifu was poisoned, the way they grey-ed his face was getting a bit too much XD

                      I didn’t even read the book lol I know Ding Mo is such a great writer but I need to settle myself into a certain mood to read her novels XD When a snail loves is still sitting at the sideline waiting for me to finish reading XD XD

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  5. From what I gather … Ah Rong seems to have believed RM is attracted to CW instead of her … would things have gone differently in her past life if she knows what she did now? Well it does sound as if he’s interested in her more than CW or is that him playing hard to get ie ignore the one he’s actually interested in?

    Am curious about her trying to get Wang Hong’s attention and all that … at least it seems that way to me … does it have to do with anything she know of her past or she’s really attracting his attention because she’s also dazzled by him. But after her experience with love in the past … that’s still a strange thing to do. I would have thought she’ll want to steer clear of all men at least.
    The lack of inner thoughts by Ah Rong sometimes make it hard to follow her actions. Did she cross path with Wang Hong before and is that why she did what she did? Because it does seem like she’s coming on to him somehow. LOL

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    • You’ll get to see how all the feelings play out as we get further into the story. I think everything happens pretty logically regarding who likes whom and for what reason.

      What I can say is that Ah Rong at this point doesn’t like Wang Hong like that. She sees the objective attractiveness that he possesses such as good looks and intelligence, but her interaction with him is merely for the purpose of gaining a patron’s good will. The same goes for him. He finds her interesting, but she is only an acquaintance as far as he is concerned. They are both highly logical people who don’t just blindly fall in love.

      As for RM, things are already starting to change in this lifetime. His first impression in the last lifetime may have leaned toward CW’s demureness but this time it’s for CR’s intelligence and gall. This lifetime is a whole new ball game because one little thing can change everything.

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      • That makes sense actually with regards to RM … after all Ah Rong armed with her knowledge from her past has made different decisions knowing the consequences of her past actions. The old Ah Rong was talked about for all the wrong reasons and there would be no reason for RM to have taken notice of her in a favourable manner.

        Thanks for the clarifications with regards to Ah Rong’s overture/behaviour towards Wang Hong.

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  6. just started following. love the translation. found this website when i was trying to track down “Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms & The Pillow Book”
    can’t seem to find that novel online anywhere after the old website went down. is there anyway to find the full translation rather than the summary for the novel? pdf or epub version maybe?

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  7. Thanks a lot!
    -lets out a sigh- so it is him, huh….and the cousin’sbeen introduced, too…! No, chen rong, don’t fall for him! I think there are other guys more suitable for you!!

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  8. I really enjoyed this part. I can’t wait to see more CR, CW, RM interactions when we know how they were tied in another version of their lives. I think that is the most interesting thing in the story.

    I was prepared to completely hate the guts of CR’s supposed husband (don’t think ex is right to use since technically that life never happened and they did not get divorce) but I was pleasantly surprised that he is not such a simple character. I have a feeling there were a lot of misunderstandings between RM and CR that complicated their relationship. And if CR was known for her schemes, maybe that lead RM to dislike her or misunderstand which only made her worse. Anyway, I feel like things are not as they seem.

    Thank you so much for translating this! I tried a couple of Chinese stories before but did not like the way characters were written or the dialogue so I’m glad I found a Chinese story I could enjoy. Sometimes I think Chinese sentiments/ideas do not carry on (or translate) well into English. I noticed that in the Chinese dramas I watched too. Not sure.

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  9. Wow. I just started reading this yesterday and I’m 100% hooked!
    Thank you for a refined translation for an amazing story.
    A bit too late, I know, but good thing is I got 100+ chapters stocked up to read! Ho ho ho!

    I was reading another rebirth story – Princess Wei Yang – and a lot of comments were mentioning MGQ so I decided to check it out. No regrets!
    Chen Rong may not be as manipulative and vengeful as Weiyang but they both have similar charms (so far). I really wish for a happy ending for both of them after such a wasteful and horrible first life.

    BTW, I keep picturing a bird whenever I see the words “flapping their sleeves” LOL!

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  10. “Chen Rong closed her eyes upon seeing this scene.” I just started tearing up at this. Her old hurt getting reopened, thinking she was going to see the man she fell in love with fall in love with someone else right in front of her. Definitely a LOT of misunderstandings all across the board in her first time through. She is a different person this time, so who knows what will happen. I just hope she can find happiness. Her cousin is obviously going to be trouble. It’s too bad jealousy and entitlement lead people to being so ugly inside.

    Thank you for all your work (even though this is from two years ago, I’m just starting it :D) Great translation quality and really interesting story!

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