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GNU Ch.11 Part 2 – Using the Same Tactic Twice (II)

Shou’an hall was the largest courtyard in Yichun marquis manor. Although it wasn’t as grand or majestic as the old Master’s courtyard, its decoration was the most exquisite. The main wing had five rooms, with a side wing each on the west and east. On the southern side, there was a reverse-facing building. Old Madam Cheng resided on the main wing, leaving the west and east wing empty. Even so, it would still be cleaned up daily. Occasionally, when the old Madam let some juniors to stay overnight, they would sleep on the side wings. The reverse-facing building had poor sunlight, the rooms there were dark and damp, thus it became the servants’ room.

Old Madam Cheng, as the matriarch of the family, naturally had the best food and clothing, spending money like flowing water. She occupied the five rooms in the main wing by herself. The old Madam also expanded the front and back of the building, adding three rooms each, installing windows, and creating an enclosed porch. The main wing now had a ‘three rooms, five rooms, three rooms’ structure. The front porch had good sunlight. The servant girls liked to do needleworks while gossiping here. Some juniors also liked to play here. The back porch, however, was darker and gloomier. One room was used as a Buddhist hall, and the rest was to store large trunks and cabinets.

Cheng Yujin and other juniors were staying at the front porch, so people who entered and exited the main wing would bypass them. Today Cheng Min was visiting her natal home. As a nominal younger brother, Cheng Yuanjing had to greet her. When Cheng Yuanjing was inside, a few young girls sat in the porch, looking excitedly, yet with some self-restraint, at the inner rooms.

Cheng Yujin saw Xu Nianchun and Xu Wanchun’s action and really wondered what charm did Cheng Yuanjing had. His external appearance was indeed very good. He was tall, his face was top-notch, he had a jinshi title and already a fourth-rank official at such a young age. No matter what, his future was promising. Indeed a much-talked ‘that child from another house.’ But Cheng Yujin had an intersection with Cheng Yuanjing, and the instinct she honed over the years told her that this man wasn’t good.

Could be admired from distance, but shouldn’t get closer.

Xu Nianchun lowered his voice and asked about Cheng Yuanjing. Xu Wanchun also raised her ears to listen. Even Xu Zhixian who never had any interest in the imperial exam also full of curiosity about this newly returned ninth uncle. In this place, only Cheng Yujin knew a bit about Cheng Yuanjing. She vaguely told them one or two things and tried to change the subject several times. But her cousins persistently kept asking more.

“How awesome. Getting a jinshi at age sixteen.”

Xu Zhixian also sincerely convinced: “Yes. My mother always praised elder sister Jin’s fiance, saying that he is still young but already had achievements. However, ninth uncle is one year younger than Marquis Huo, and his official rank still higher. A civil official’s post is much harder to obtain than military, and the real power is also greater.”

Although Xu Zhixian didn’t have any real skill, after all, he still the son of a high ranking noble family. Naturally, he had basic knowledge about the court’s official ranks and posts. Xu Zhixian sighed in his heart. But right after he finished his words, the whole room fell into an awkward silence.

Xu Zhixian immediately noticed his mistake and quickly stood up to apologize: “Elder sister Jin, I’m sorry. I was careless. I didn’t mean to offend you…”

Xu Zhixian repeatedly bowed his head to apologize. As a man, this kind of action was already hard enough. Besides, it was a truth that her engagement had been canceled. Could Cheng Yujin stop people to talk about it? Now, Xu Zhixian didn’t have any malice, but it wouldn’t necessarily be true for others.

Cheng Yujin’s expression remained unchanged. She smiled and said: “It’s okay. I’ve forgotten about that bad thing. Elder biao brother doesn’t have to feel guilty.”

Cheng Yujin was actually younger than Xu Zhixian, but this young man subconsciously called her ‘elder sister’. Before, Cheng Yujin also had no intention of correcting it, but since now she already set her target on Xu Zhixian, she had to subtly change her address into ‘elder biao brother’.

Xu Zhixian never put on the air in front of his sisters. Since Cheng Yujin has a good temper and never made a fuss, this matter passed away politely. Under everyone’s eyes, they quickly changed the subject, and the room became lively again.

Cheng Yumo sat on a recliner on the kang floor, her mind wandered a bit when she heard Huo Changyuan’s name.

In her previous life, she also heard about her ninth uncle’s return. But she was a girl, so she didn’t have much contact with him. She only knew that Cheng family had a young man with a high official position. But not long after, he fell gravely ill and quietly passed away during an assignment outside the capital. This short-lived ninth uncle thus soon disappeared from everyone’s mind.

On the contrary, after a period of time, Huo Changyuan’s momentum greatly accelerated. The crown prince had just returned to the court and vigorously promoted many talents. One of them was Huo Changyuan. Therefore, Cheng Yumo couldn’t accept when Xu Zhixian said that Huo Changyuan was not as good as Cheng Yuanjing.

Cheng Yumo was a little absent-minded. Brother Changyuan treated her very well. He was overbearing yet gentle. Unfortunately, they took too many winding roads and wasted too much time. Now that she had the luck to be reborn, she must stay with brother Changyuan from early on.

Cheng Yumo glanced at Cheng Yujin secretly and thought: “Sister, don’t blame me. After all, a marriage that doesn’t belong to you shouldn’t be yours, no matter how much you scheming.”

Early separation was better than the late one. She did it also for Cheng Yujin’s sake.

“Younger sister Mo?”

Xu Zhixian called Cheng Yumo. She quickly returned to her mind and then joined everyone’s conversation with a smile.

Cheng Yujin was planning to take advantage of this good opportunity to catch Xu Zhixian. But she had just said a few words when a sound of footsteps came from the inner rooms. A servant girl lifted the bead curtain and sent Cheng Yuanjing out: “Ninth master, please walk slowly.”

Cheng Yujin and the others could only stand up: “We send ninth uncle off.”

Cheng Yujin’s face was respectful, but her mind busily shouted: hurry and go, don’t disturb her effort to secure a future path. She heard Cheng Yuanjing’s footsteps went further and was going to smile happily when the man suddenly stopped at the door: “Cheng Yujin .”

Cheng Yujin froze for a moment before quickly responded: “Niece is here. Does ninth uncle need something?”

“The Marquis is calling you.”

The volcano inside Cheng Yujin’s heart erupted. This man really was too much. Did he have to use the same tactic twice?

Cheng Yuanjing saw Cheng Yujin’s suppressed anger, and the smile on his lips became more pleasant: “I’ve passed the message. Do as you like.”

 

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17 thoughts on “GNU Ch.11 Part 2 – Using the Same Tactic Twice (II)”

  1. Patricia turner

    bruh what do you mean scheming? she never knew mo slept with him nor him not being able to tell the different between twins….. like bro she not a mind reader

    1. purpleberrydoc

      I tell you she is delusional. She even already lived a previous lifetime and knows that it was all a mistake caused by the guy. She even has the audacity to say its for her good. How does publicly humiliating your sister help her?

          1. I really apprecieate translator/s work. IMO the translation is very good, and the footnotes help us learning the background better.

            I have a suggestion tho, IMO it would be better if some terms of address is kept in pinyin form, like for example at the time when CYJ said “…your sister Mo” to HCY kinda confused me cause i thought ‘whose sister again?’. Then I realized that CYJ probably meant is Mo-meimei. An affectionate nickname for CYM. I think the later would give a better flow compared to the first one.

            Another would be terms of address towards one’s family. For example ‘elder biao brother’ would be better if it where kept to pinyin form which is probably ‘biao-ge’. Or ‘eldest sister in law’ can be kept as ‘Dasao’. I don’t know Mandarin so maybe what i said isn’t very accurate, but just my opinion that the later would flow better than the former.

            I know that translating and editing is a hard work, again thank you for your great works

      1. That Yumo is the disgusting scheming bitch not Yujin ah! I pity Yujin for being a victim of these idiots. All she wants is to get married, support his husband and live a decent peaceful life..

      2. She lacks the gift of analysis and trying to see from the other’s perspective that Cheng Yujin has. But even if she can’t see from the other’s perspective, is not like Yujin ever openly attacked her in the previous life, she was careful enough to put her on her place behind closed doors, as to not tain her younger sister’s reputation whe she was, indeed, the one having a private affair with her eldest sister’s husband, no matter who had set eyes on him first. Yet, Yumo can’t wait to publicly humiliate her and accuse her of things she can’t be 100% sure of. Especially since, one, Yujin did save the man from dying in the cold, she just didn’t know Yumo previously kept him warm and extended his chances at surviving; two, she didn’t do anything special afterwards, it was the man himself the one to come with a marriage proposal, how was Yujin supposed to know Yumo had exposed her reputation with him before? And, three, in the previous life she let everything happen without being sincere to her sister, yet she couldn’t stand it for too long and had to go and ruin Yujin’s life, when she was completely oblivious of the facts.

        1. Exactly, Yu mo is actually the selfish and cruel one. She was the one who didn’t want to mention a word herself about the truth and then had the cheek to blame her sister. Her jealousy of her sister for being adopted is getting the best out odf her obviously.
          CYJ had never steal her man. It was Huo who proposed marriage and made the stupid mistake and it was her fault for staying mute all the time.
          If she already decided to be silent then why didn’t bring the truth to her death? Why did she reveal it when her sister was already on the way of expecting a child?
          Isn’t it her who is vicious cos she is breaking her sister’s good marriage at this point?!
          She is the one who destroyed her own fate and then killed her own sister and nephew along the way.
          And now after given a chance to be reborn to correct everything, she still has the audacity to accuse her sister for stealing her man and then self righteously claiming to be doing favor for her.
          What kind of sister is this… She is horrible.

  2. ‘Cheng Yumo glanced at Cheng Yujin secretly and thought: “Sister, don’t blame me. After all, a marriage that doesn’t belong to you shouldn’t be yours, no matter how much you scheming.”

    Early separation was better than the late one. She did it also for Cheng Yujin’s sake.’
    Please don’t lie you little bitch 🤬! “Did it for Cheng Yujin’s sake” my ass 🙄🤬! You have damaged her reputation, making it very unlikely she will ever be able to get a truly good marriage now. Also, you idiot bitch, you should realize that there was no way Yujin could have realized that someone else had tended to Huo Changyuan before she got there, so it’s impossible for her to have deliberately planned to get in between you two 🤬🤬!

    1. Yeah, and the only reason she happened to find the man was because she was worried for Yumo in the first place. She is not only ungrateful, she is just too much.

  3. Frankly speaking… CYJ might not be liked by her peers but her bearing n personality are both the best trait for an empress. She is fit for her status later on…

  4. They say children in problematic household have to grow up faster and tend to be more well-behaved than their peers. Our CYJ is exactly like that. I feel really bad for her situation. Surrounded by glory but none of them are genuine. I hope the twin sister and that braindead guy got their karma though. Hope they end up hating each other to death.

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