Cheng Yujin changed into a plain white close-fitting long garment, with a slit around the knees. There were light pink plum patterns on the fabric, but no other motifs or decorations. The skirt underneath was a silver-gray pleated skirt. Although plain in color, it was very beautiful. When Cheng Yujin walked, she looked beautiful and elegant.
Cheng Yujin’s frame was slim and slender. Because she has been raised carefully since childhood, she was not too thin, but rather a kind of graceful slimness. After changing into a close-fitting garment, her body figure became even more prominent, showing a slender waist and perfect curve. Cheng Yujin walked unhurriedly. Her steps were regular, her clothes were plain. But she was so beautiful, like a painting that came alive. People she met along the way couldn’t help but take more looks at her.
Cheng Yujin went straight to the Old Madam’s courtyard. At this moment, the courtyard was full of guests. Cheng Yujin walked along the roofed corridor. Many people quietly stared at her: “That is the eldest Miss of Yichun marquis manor.”
Under so many gazes, Cheng Yujin lifted the curtain and entered the room. There were many madams sitting inside the room. The 49th day of passing was different than the first seven days. All guests who came today had a close relationship with the Yichun Marquis manor. Cheng Yujin didn’t feel nervous. First, she curtsied to Old Madam Cheng, then turned around and greeted the other madams: “Greetings to all Madams. Yujin pays her respect.”
The madams laughed and let Cheng Yujin up. One madam pulled Cheng Yujin to her side, then said to the madam in a black and golden coat next to her: “Second Madam Zhai, this is eldest Miss Cheng.”
The madam looked at Cheng Yujin for a while and smiled politely: “It turns out to be this Miss. Very beautiful indeed.”
The person next to her also smiled and said to Cheng Yujin: “This is Cai Duke manor’s second Madam. The Duchess passed away last year, and now the second Madam is in charge of the manor.”
So she was from Cai Duke manor. No wonder her attitude was so high. Cheng Yujin smiled softly, and curtsied at the second Madam: “Yujin greets second Madam.”
Second Madam Zhai nodded, too lazy to speak. She had the highest status in this room, and everyone was flattering her. In fact, their attitude was not for this second Madam, but for Duke Cai, Zhai Yanlin. Old Madam Cheng spoke to second Madam Zhai: “Second Madam has to handle the affairs of the Duke manor, and you must be very busy. But today, you personally come here. This old woman is very grateful.”
Mrs. Zhai looked complacent, but still said modestly: “Nothing. The manor’s affairs should be handled by eldest brother-in-law’s family. But eldest sister-in-law passed away last year. Eldest brother-in-law is busy with court matters and also has to take care of Qing ge’er, so mother-in-law hands over the manor’s internal affairs to me. Because brother-in-law and mother-in-law have given me the trust, I have to bite the bullet and try my best. When brother-in-law remarried, I will return the job to eldest sister-in-law to handle as soon as possible. I’m just a stupid person, and truly has no ability to manage such a big manor.”
Cheng Yujin vaguely knew the situation of Cai Duke manor. Last year, Duke Cai’s wife passed away, leaving their only son, the five-year-old Zhai Qing. Duke Cai was busy with governmental affairs, and the manor’s Old Madam doted on her grandson excessively, letting Zhai Qing grew even more lawless than Cheng Enbao. The last time Cheng Enbao made a ruckus to raise a dog, it was because he saw Zhai Qing raised one.
The only difference was that Cheng Enbao has Cheng Yujin, this elder sister. Every time Cheng Enbao fell into Cheng Yujin’s hand, he was taught a lesson. But Zhai Qing didn’t. Listening to second Madam Zhai’s tone, everyone in Cai Duke manor seemed to follow Zhai Qing’s every demand, and no one could control this little devil.
Second Madam Zhai came personally today, was precisely to take care of their duke manor’s only lifeblood, the little shizi Zhai Qing.
Cheng Yujin never liked spoiled children, especially the bratty and lawless one. Seeing Cai Duke manor’s attitude only made her even less interested. Instead, it was Old Madam Cheng who moved her eyebrows in secret.
Duke Cai lost his wife one year ago, and there was no news about him making a marriage contract with another girl. Old Madam Cheng leaned forward, her eyes squinted. She seemed to be deep in thinking. After a while, the Old Madam asked casually: “Shizi is still five years old. He needed meticulous care in his daily life and education. Why doesn’t Duke Cai marry a second wife, and instead takes care of these small things by himself?”
Old Madam Cheng’s tone is very casual, as if she was just asking in passing. But Cheng Yujin knew the Old Madam very well. She immediately noticed that the Old Madam didn’t just ask by pure curiousity, but had another intention.
Cheng Yujin carefully analyzed the conversation they had just now. Duke Cai was at a prime age, had a nobility title, and also held an important position in the court. In addition, he just lost his wife and still had a young son. In the eyes of elderly people, he was very much in need of a virtuous woman to remarry.
Cheng Yujin frowned. Could it be that Old Madam Cheng wanted her to marry Duke Cai?
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