Zhai Yanlin didn’t make a comment, but Old Madam Zhai recalled old memories and began to talk about past events: “If I mention it before, I would only invite trouble. That Old Madam of Cheng family isn’t a fuel-efficient lamp1 and has a big ambition. When she was still in the boudoir, she was restless. After the Xue family incident, she got a big windfall and married into the Yichun Marquis manor. She strived for advancement and fought hard for the better half of her life, but both of her sons are disappointing. However, when it comes to the third generation, there is a very outstanding granddaughter. She wholeheartedly wants her granddaughter to marry high and fetch a good return. How can she be willing to let this promising granddaughter become a second wife and break the road of future wealth? If not for this eldest granddaughter to have her engagement broken and has to lower their criteria, Old Madam Cheng surely would still set her eyes higher than the sky.”
This was what Zhai Yanlin most concerned about. He might never have this kind of interest before, but now, he very much wanted to know why exactly Cheng Yujin had her engagement canceled. “Mother, do you know the situation behind eldest Miss Cheng’s previous engagement? Who her former fiance was, and why did he back off from this engagement?”
Regarding this, Old Madam Zhai indeed knew quite a bit. She said: “Isn’t it because of Huo family’s ridiculousness? They proposed marriage to eldest Miss Cheng because of her life-saving grace to Marquis Huo. In the end, Huo family claimed that they had admitted the wrong person and change the engagement to the second Miss. What a mess.”
Zhai Yanlin was surprised and couldn’t help asking: “Huo family? That Marquis Huo Changyuan, the one who made military achievements last year and whose family title’s inheritance was personally taken care of by His Majesty?”
“Precisely him.” The Old Madam nodded, “Originally, such a talented and beautiful girl has a countless choice for her marriage. Who knows that Marquis Huo would do such a thing? He arbitrarily changed the engagement from the elder sister to the younger sister. They are originally twins, and it wasn’t strange for them to be mistaken for each other. But a perfectly good girl has her reputation ruined as a consequence. Even I, an outsider, couldn’t help being angry.”
Zhai Yanlin couldn’t utter a single word. He was dazed for a long time before finally sighed: “Huo Changyuan is a talented young man. At first, I was very optimistic about him, but I never expect that he handles his personal affairs with such a mess. Even a marriage contract can be broken by him, let alone other things? Such a person cannot be placed in an important position.”
Old Madam Zhai didn’t understand court matters. However, looking at Zhai Yanlin’s attitude, people in the court should detest this kind of promise-breaking action. Zhai Yanlin slowly figured out the events he witnessed today and said in surprise: “That means Huo Changyuan is going to marry the second Miss of Cheng family? And that second Miss is replacing her sister’s engagement?”
“Yes.” Old Madam Zhai said disdainfully. “This kind of shameful thing must be done by Old Madam Cheng. As a fellow elder, I am embarrassed for her.”
Zhai Yanlin finally understood. No wonder Cheng Yumo, who initially looked relaxed and happy, had her complexion turned bad the moment she saw Cheng Yujin. So there was such entanglement in the background.
Zhai Yanlin immediately understood the reason behind Cheng Yujin’s attitude. Recalling her words and actions at that time, Zhai Yanlin’s heart was full of pity. Her fiance canceled their engagement and replaced her with her own younger sister. No wonder she spoke so harshly to second Miss Cheng.
Originally, Cheng Yujin’s qualification was too high to be a second wife. However, now that she had an engagement canceled, being married as a Duchess would be her good fortune. Zhai Yanlin knew that this marriage has basically been set on the stone. Except for having a disobedient son, all his other qualifications were excellent. He didn’t lack a candidate for his second wife, and Cheng Yujin might never be able to find another marriage as good as this one.
Zhai Yanlin suddenly felt an indescribable feeling. When he went out today, it was only a normal, dull day. But unexpectedly, the day turned out to be full of surprises and might even affect the rest of his life. When he first met Cheng family’s second Miss, he thought that Cheng Yujin was nothing more than a boring woman with a high reputation. But after seeing the real person, he was stunned. Cheng Yujin’s each and every Cheng Yujin word surprised him. And now, this fascinating girl was going to be his new wife.
This thought made Zhai Yanlin happy from the bottom of his heart. He finally realized that from the beginning, he had a high favorability towards Cheng Yujin. However, Zhai Yanlin was accustomed to take the lead in everything. Women always came to fawn over him, and he never bowed his head to please a woman. Zhai Yanlin calmly suppressed his joy and said: “I have no specific requirements. Except for the basic things: she should keep her duty, understand her role, take good care of Zhai Qing, and never have a thought that she shouldn’t have.”
Old Madam Zhai nodded deeply in agreement: “Exactly. In the future, the title will belong to Qing ge’er. If she fulfilled her duty and raised Qing ge’er properly, we can distribute more family properties to her son. What’s worrying me if she got fascinated by wealth and honor, and harbored the idea of competing with Qing ge’er for the title.”
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21 comments on “GNU Ch. 50 Part 2 – Betrothal Gifts (II)”
The duke has a pretty consumerist attitude towards his potential wife. Of course, being filial, managing the household and educating children is expected, but he even wants to police her thoughts! As if he’s God’s gift to women…
Thank you for the translation <3
Lmao never have i agreed more, his head is bigger than god itself
Yeah! The hell did he think he is? Confucius??
Tch he thinks that everyone loves him. Why doesn’t he rename himself Money while he’s at it.
“I have no specific requirements except that she should be willing to work herself to the bone in order to improve the situation of my family while also not having the audacity to dream of getting any sort of benefit from her labors.”
You hit the nail on the head baby?
… oh and serve the senior female members like a slave while trying to manage the son that they excessively spoil, then get blamed for his bad upbringing…
What a good way to start day with a small pep talk from a selfish and arrogant family. TvT My day got destroyed because of this.
If I was Cheng Yujin’s lil sis, I would have long throw a tantrum to my big sis to not marry such an arrogant prick. But I will say that I dont want big sis to get married instead of what I would say.
The hell. He thinks all women would flock to him?????? He really thinks like that??? An old man really thinks like that. He thinks too much with his head high above that he couldnt see the pros and cons of marrying him.
LMAO SO TRUEE, who did they think they are? Even the choice to be a nun is so much more tempting than this “labor of a lifetime without a single benefit”
I wouldn’t be surprised if they think of giving her contraception so then she wouldn’t get pregnant. Disgusting!
What do we call it? Counting the chicken’s eggs before the chicken is even born and you don’t know if the egg was fecunded?
Why are we losing our time with that selfish family? They aren’t going to get what they want anyway.
Thanks for the chapter!!!!!
Thank you for updating!!!!
Did they know that our empress could not marry in a year or so ? But that greedy old woman will agree eventually. The duke thought that the marriage was set in stone yet we knew that their entire duke manor will be extinguish and it is set in stone. Who told you yo harbor any thought about our dear empress
haha..the duke family is in for a surprised. It’s impossible for our ninth uncle to allow the wedding to occurs. Duke Cai, you are getting in a a very nice surprised there and you are getting on the crown prince bad side
Thanks for the chapter ?
Pompous arrogant idiot already thinks he has her in the bag as a grateful puppet???
Don’t even think about how yujin will do as your second wife. She won’t even look at your big brainless head, let alone marry you.
Ugh. This mother and son. She doesn’t even like you. Hello ML, what are you doing???
Hahaha. Thanks for the update!
Fortunately, I know our good Ninth Uncle will step in before he allows this marriage to happen.
But, if it did, I don’t think the Duke and his mother would get what they expect. If our FL actually did decide she wanted her children to inherit the Dukedom, they wouldn’t even realize it until it happened and she was standing over their corpses.
The way they talk is really annoying. Nonsense!
My God this novel really gets my blood boiling with how stupid and moronic all the characters are, like god damn i reallybhate all these people so much.
I can’t wait to see Yujin go out and be happy and free.
Like I said before these bunch of assholes want to drag her out of one circle of hell right into another, you take care of my shitty kid, my shitty mother, please me whenever I want, are not allowed to have any bad thoughts of me, must never want my wealth even if you’re the one that will be managing and growing it, and your kids will always be lessers along with yourself in this house …… Wut?
Ancient times man ….. And they even see this as giving her grace …..
relax lol she wants none of those rotten properties, her future kid’s gonna rule the land LOL
eat sht! the emptess hasnt even spoken a word of approval. sit down!
Ay man, we’re so not accepting you as our female lead’s husband. That ain’t gonna happen