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GNU Ch 77 Part 2 – Catching the Fish (II)

Lin Qingyuan’s heart suddenly jumped wildly. Bring Cheng Yujin home?

Cheng Yujin continued: “Actually, I have no remaining feeling towards Marquis Jingyong. Anyway, he doesn’t like me. Since my sister likes him, and he also likes my sister, it is best to bless the lover with the marriage. What am I to hinder them? I am feeling happy for them. However, the later situation is too difficult for me.”

Lin Qingyuan was made stunned by his sudden thought. His heart was still jumping wildly now, and his blood was boiling hot. He felt himself to be very rude—how could he have such thought towards eldest miss Cheng? However, feelings didn’t always follow rationality. Once the thought arose, Lin Qingyuan could no longer control it.

He kept thinking. His mother had urged him many times to get married. Although his father didn’t express explicitly, both parents clearly hoped that he would marry a wife soon and have children of his own. Both of his parents were from a family of scholars, and they were fond of a knowledgeable, gentle, and virtuous woman the most. Although Yichun Marquis Manor wasn’t a scholarly family, eldest miss Cheng was well-learned, well-read, and had a gentle temperament. If his mother met her, she would surely like eldest miss Cheng.

Lin Qingyuan realized that the more he thought, the wilder his imagination became. He desperately put a stop to his own imagination. Just then, Cheng Yujin spoke again, and Lin Qingyuan used this chance to ask: “Why is it difficult for you?”

“Lin Zhuangyuan doesn’t understand?” Cheng Yujin laughed. “After an engagement is broken, which good family will come to propose again? It actually doesn’t matter to me, anyway, I have been alone my whole life. However, I don’t want to drag my family down. If I stay in the house, how can my later nephews and nieces get a good marriage? Therefore, my grandmother found me a widower. The man has lost his wife a year ago and has not yet remarried. Grandmother said that his age is older and his son isn’t young anymore. But since I can be his legal wife, this is a good marriage. If my situation is dragging on, even becoming the second wife of a widower will be impossible. Moreover, because the other party already has a son and heir, my pressure is reduced a lot. Anyway, this marriage is no more than changing a place to live.’

The more Lin Qingyuan listened, the angrier he became. How wronged was eldest miss Cheng to become a second wife? The other party had been married once, and even his son was no longer young. How old was this man? Lin Qingyuan’s mind subconsciously portrayed the image of a forty or fifty years old man with a big belly, and his frown deepened even more.

Cheng Yujin obviously had no psychological burden when she smeared Zhai Yanlin’s image behind his back. After all, she didn’t tell a single lie. Zhai Yanlin was indeed older than her, and his son was six years old, not young.

Lin Qingyuan didn’t know that the ‘widower’ in Cheng Yujin’s mouth was the famous Duke Cai. He naturally didn’t know that although this marriage was to be a second wife, it was actually no worse than marrying Huo Changyuan.

His mind made up a scene of a wretched old man forcibly marrying a young and beautiful woman. Lin Qingyuan immediately became furious. He felt very wronged for Cheng Yujin: “Eldest miss Cheng, you are smart and considerate, knowledgeable and virtuous, what a blessing for any man to marry you! How can an old and incompetent man who knows only to bully others be worthy of you? There is no reason for you to be subjected to such an insult!”

If Cheng Yujin hadn’t forced herself into the play, she almost laughed out loud. Lin Qingyuan’s words were so excellent. Zhai Yanlin deserved to be scolded, and Cheng Yujin listened very cheerfully.

Cheng Yujin held back her laughter and continued to put on the image of a gentle and compassionate but ill-fated noble miss. She said mournfully: “But, what can I do? Grandmother fears this person’s power and didn’t dare to refuse. He becomes more and more aggressive, and even said that he would send people to propose marriage in a few days. Naturally, I don’t want to, but I cannot ignore my family. If I resist with all my power, the worst is just I choose my own death. But what will happen to my parents and family?”

Lin Qingyuan was fuming with anger. His fists clenched tightly as he asked: “Eldest miss Cheng, who is this person? Acting in such a tyrannical manner…There are law and justice, and we cannot let him be such a bully.”

Cheng Yujin shook her head and refused to say the person’s name: “Brother Lin, I know you are kind to me. But please don’t ask. I cannot cause you trouble too.”

Lin Qingyuan was taken aback for a while, and finally lost all his strength. He had been overly enthusiastic just now and spoke fervently, but now he quickly calmed down. Lin Qingyuan was not a naive youth who knew nothing about the world. In the past few years mingling in the officialdom, his initial naivety had been polished away. The capital was full of crouching tigers and hidden dragons. The water here was deep, and even the young masters of noble families didn’t dare to offend people rashly. Cheng Yujin’s grandmother was the old madam of a marquis manor, yet she was powerless against the other party. He was only a small sixth-rank official. What kind of power did he have to give Cheng Yujin justice?

Lin Qingyuan couldn’t say anything. After a while, he asked dejectedly: “Could it be that there is no other way?”

“There is actually one.” Cheng Yujin lowered her head. Her eyelashes trembled slightly. “Even if the man is powerful, he cannot forcibly rob a girl from a good family. If I have a marriage contract with another person, he won’t be able to do anything. However, my engagement has been broken once. Where can I find a fiance?”

Finished speaking, Cheng Yujin sighed with grief: “I’m delusional. This method is impossible to achieve. Please forget what I just said.”

Lin Qingyuan’s lips trembled a few times, hesitating. After a while, he said slowly: “Actually, it’s not completely impossible.”

Cheng Yujin raised her head and looked at him quietly. Her pair of beautiful, innocent eyes blinked in confusion. Lin Qingyuan was used of debating various topics with others for so many years, yet for the first time, he thought himself to be very clumsy with his words. His ears were totally red. He suddenly mustered up his courage and said: “Eldest miss Cheng, you see…”


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26 thoughts on “GNU Ch 77 Part 2 – Catching the Fish (II)”

  1. Ninth Uncle!!!!
    Hurry Up..
    Your sweetheart gonna get her fish. The fish is now ready to jump into her arms XD

  2. Hahahahahahaha
    I’m crackling. She’s so gooooddd. Too bad ML legit has a radar to block her advances to other man

    Many thanks

    1. Cheng Yuanjin is like:
      Que cena mais linda
      Será que eu estou atrapalhando o casalzinho aí? 🤣🤣🤣 (a brazilian song)

  3. I wonder if he was watching this whole time or he arrived at that moment.
    She’s good!!
    Thanks for the chapter!!!

  4. She’s too good!!!!! HAHAHAHA. i was laughing the whole time. HAHAHAHA. She made the perfect ploy to get the guy. *sigh* it’s all a waste though. Let’s go ML. you need to get her now. Lol. She’s gonna be a great strategist for him. Lol

  5. I know everyone is waiting for the uncle to swoop in but my I ship this couple. The uncle is the crown prince a relationship with him would involve hidden daggers and snakes. This guy however, nice scholarly family and she’d be the only wife no concubines. Plus he seems really nice.
    I know she might get bored of how simple her life would be with him but the alternative is the palace. Everyone who’s read or seen anything with palace romance it’s not an easy ride. Maybe I’m just projecting though of how I would like a comfortable simple relationship/life. Anyway can’t wait for the next chapter. This is so good.
    (Mini essay) I welcome other opinions.

    1. Sure, we all would love her to marry Lin Qingyuan and have a safe and simple life. However, if she goes down this route, this story will be the end!!. Be honest, are you ready to see the end so soon or would rather bashingly read how our “Crown Prince” will chase our dear girl and, bashed that marquis Zhai for making his girl chase after Lin.

    2. Honestly, I think she’d have a happy relationship with the guy and, if this wasn’t a story, I’d say this would be the best ending. However, I want to read the story with the prince (as long as it’s good 😛 )

    3. It’s a valid point, but I honestly think in the long run she wouldn’t be happy. Marriage in this setting is not just a relationship with a man, but a career. Marrying LQ is giving her a career that is too much within her capabilities – like someone with the potential to build and run the next Starbucks meekly minding the till to a tea shop in an obscure town for the rest of their life. The situation seems appealing to her, but only because it would be better than her current life and any of the other opportunities she knows about.

      She is a phoenix living among a bunch of chickens with their wings clipped. Marrying the prince will come with hidden dangers and snakes, but he will be fully on her side which will give her the chance to stretch her wings more than she’s been allowed to and really soar.

      1. Marriage is not career nor is it a war you make it sound so high it’s ridiculous and narrow minded opinion marriage is supposed to be to for comfort it doesn’t need to be complicated only thing bad in this marriage is that i feel like in long fun they will eb awkward with each other

  6. thirteen-nights

    Oh no, I’m getting second lead syndrome (even though Lin Qingyuan is second lead haha). Our girl will lead a good, simple life if she marries him but alas she is destined to marry ninth uncle. Her personal life is going to be messy for a while 🙁

  7. 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    1 epic blocking maneuver, coming right up!
    9th Uncle, hurry!!! ChengCabbage is about to drill herself into LinPiglet’s pen!!!!

    1. This Lin guy wants to marry for love. What if he agrees to help her now but then end up falling for someone else in the future?
      Besides she had to act, scheme & manipulate the truth to get him to fall in her net whereas 9th uncle had seen all of her the good & the bad & likes her still.
      Also he’s too naive & not her match at all. He won’t be able to cooperate well with her if the need arise.

  8. Marrying Lin Qingyuan might be “safer” than marrying a royal, however it doesn’t mean her life would be easy either: she will be marrying a man with a lower status than her sister Yumo, so that one will surely make things difficult for her; also she will offend the Duke, he might also make things difficult for her and Lin Qingyuan by blocking his path in officialdom, causing her futur potential mother-in-law to be dissatisfied. Last but not least,
    it can be awkward/difficult for Lin Qingyuan to snatch the futur Crown Prince’s beloved. Ninth uncle might not be unreasonable to mix private and public affair, but it doesn’t mean he wouldn’t resent.

  9. A lot of people are saying Liu would be the best choice. I thought so too at first, but what happens when he finds out how cunning and smart she is. She might end up with another bad marriage. The Uncle is best because he knows all of the sides to her and appreciates and loves her. Even if Liu cared for her, he might not love all of her, which she deserves to have.

  10. She’s not thinking things through. Her mindset of getting married to the “best choice” as soon as possible won’t work out this way.
    Sure, the second ML is a nice guy and has a good background, plus the “no-concubine” matter is perfect, especially in this kind of ancient environment.
    The problem she’s ignoring is:
    1. Being able to trap him into marriage means he’s no match for her wits.
    2. No matter how smart he is, he is not an opponent for Duke Cai, much less an angry Crown Prince and I suppose not even Marquis Huo, meaning, no matter how much he cherishes and pampers her afterwards, he won’t be able to protect her.
    3. Duke Cai won’t accept that matter so easily, his standing is higher and he can make things difficult for her maternal family as well as her husbands family (not that she really cares about her maternal family to begin with)
    4. He has no real backing, as far as I remember. Aside from him being a friend of ML and a top scorer, there’s nothing, if her family, Duke Cai and the two other love interests decide to do something, she’ll be done for.

    I wonder just how crooked she had grown up to not even notice that ML is interested in her.
    She wants a powerful family to marry into. Every other FL in any random novel would set her sights on the Crown Prince without thinking about it. Seeing her ignoring this obvious golden thigh at her side makes me unable to decide on whether to laugh or cry about this nonsense.
    Well not that there’s a problem, ML has returned and will interrupt the incoming proposal of his friend and prevent the nonsense Duke Cai is planning.

    I just wonder about one thing, in hope someone can explain it to me.
    The comments in most of the previous chapters all pointed out that “Ninth Uncle” will die and after a time skip or whatever, the Crown Prince will bring his wife back to the Eastern Palace. But in the summary it was said: “she turned around and married her ninth uncle” …. Based on my understanding it should be while he is still acting as her Ninth Uncle, meaning before he takes on his real identity as the Crown Prince.
    So.. the other comments are just guesses, like what I’m doing right now, or knowledge from reading the raws?!
    (I’m just asking because I don’t want him to vanish and only come back for marriage after recovering his original identity, I want him to marry her as her “Ninth Uncle”, and only later to let everyone discover who exactly that Ninth Uncle is xD)

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