Everyone was still at the dining table, so Cheng Yumo didn’t dare to cry. She quickly lowered her head and blinked. However, her tears still couldn’t dissipate no matter what. Cheng Yumo couldn’t raise her hand to wipe her tears and could only maintain this weird posture. Cheng Yumo’s strangeness couldn’t be concealed from other people at the table. Old Madam Chang’s expression didn’t change at all, as if nothing happened. Qingfu Junzhu pretended to feed Cheng Enbao and lowered her head to hide her gleeful smile. Only Ruan-shi showed a look of worry. But because they were still at the dining table, she couldn’t speak directly.
The lunch finally ended with an unhappy mood. Ruan-shi waited impatiently for everyone to disperse and wanted to call her daughter back for questioning as soon as possible. Seeing this, the Old Madam’s brows frowned irritably.
Old Madam Cheng wanted the Cheng family to forge a good relationship with Huo Changyuan. She originally thought that her eldest granddaughter was graceful and dignified, suitable to hold on a posture in public but hard to please men, and unsuitable to attract big figures. Her second granddaughter was naive and lively, delicate and timid, which easily attracted men’s tenderness. So when the Old Madam made a marriage decision, she chose her second granddaughter. Unexpectedly, Cheng Yumo was too feeble and couldn’t hold up grand occasions. Judging from her appearance, she couldn’t even handle the relationship with the people at her husband’s home.
Old Madam Cheng was worried about this situation. The inner courtyard was the foundation of a woman. If Cheng Yumo couldn’t please her mother-in-law, she wouldn’t be able to stand firm in Jingyong Marquis Manor, let alone control it. Even if Marquis Jingyong supported her, it would be useless. After all, Cheng Yumo was a legal wife, not a concubine! If she only knew how to please a man, her wealth and status would solely depend on her husband’s pamper. But it was the way of a concubine, which dignified madam ever lived like this?
As for Huo Changyuan’s indifference to Cheng Yumo, Old Madam Cheng didn’t take it seriously. It was only the third day after their wedding. A new couple needed time to warm up, so just wait longer. Old Madam Cheng wasn’t worried about Cheng Yumo’s ability to win over her husband, but Cheng Yumo’s relationship with Old Madam Huo was a thorn in Old Madam Cheng’s throat.
Old Madam Cheng sighed heavily. At this time, her mind couldn’t help wonder. If only it was Cheng Yujin, she would be fine. If Cheng Yujin was the one who married, she would be able to balance her relationship with her husband and mother-in-law. As for disobedient servants and servant girls with unscrupulous ambition, they were not Cheng Yujin’s opponent at all. As her natal family, the only thing Yichun Marquis Manor had to worry about was whether Cheng Yujin could give birth to the heir or not.
Cheng Yujin seemed to be a woman who disliked her husband and would prevent him from entering her room.
However, this matter has been settled. The time for regret has long passed. For the time being, let the second branch’s mother and daughter have a good talk. They could make another plan after knowing the detail of Cheng Yumo’s experience in Huo family.
Old Madam Cheng sighed heavily. “Second child’s wife only has second lady, this one daughter. She has been waiting impatiently for these two days. There is nothing else now. You mother and daughter can retreat and have a good chat.”
Ruan-shi only had Cheng Yumo this one daughter? Huo Changyuan subconsciously turned to look at Cheng Yujin, but found that she was sitting calmly while drinking tea and didn’t seem to care at all.
Ruan-shi had been waiting for the Old Madam’s words. She immediately took Cheng Yumo back to her courtyard to have a private talk. After Ruan-shi and Cheng Yumo left, the atmosphere in Shou’an Hall became stiffer. Cheng Yuanhan wanted to put on a father-in-law’s posture, but didn’t know what to say to this new son-in-law whose official position and status were higher than himself.
After a moment of awkward tranquilness, Old Madam Cheng said: “Enci, Enbei, didn’t you say that you want to ask Marquis Huo for study guidance? Why don’t you ask him now?”
Cheng Enci and Cheng Enbei broke out nervously. The two boys clearly were young masters of a marquis manor. However, they were raised by Ruan-shi and Cheng Yuanhan. Ruan-shi was from a small family, with a narrow mindset and not much money in hand. Cheng Yuanhan’s official position was also low, and their two sons were raised without seeing much of the world. They were totally incomparable with Cheng Enbao, who grew up luxuriantly at the first branch.
In front of many people, the two brothers of the second branch were timid like shadow, only became active on their own turf. Although their elder sister married a marquis, Cheng Enci and Cheng Enbei didn’t feel much about it. They could only stand timidly in front of Huo Changyuan. Where did they have the courage to ask him for study guidance?
Moreover, Huo Changyuan was a military commander. His road was of wielding swords and fighting in the army. What kind of study guidance could they get from him?
Cheng Yujin thought that Old Madam Cheng’s instruction was pretty embarrassing. But it had nothing to do with herself. It was not a day or two that the Old Madam wanted to win over Huo Changyuan. Now that Cheng Yumo wasn’t here, the Old Madam could only use Cheng Yumo’s two brothers to gain a bit of profit using familial relationships. Cheng Yujin had attended today’s gathering and had also finished the awkward lunch. Now, it was time for her to retreat. But unexpectedly, the Old Madam said again: “I am old and don’t have many topics to talk with young people. The purple chrysanthemums are blooming now. You young people should go to the garden and take a stroll.”
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