何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter Twenty Eight “Lucky Star”

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Chapter Twenty Eight Lucky Star

Er di, san di, let’s walk together.” He Qi smiled as he walked in front of the two, “I heard that a new restaurant opened in Jing, why don’t us brothers make a visit together?”

He Yuan sneered: “Da ge is too polite but didi has other matter and so will leave first.” Finishing, he flung his sleeve and walked away with a cold face, not even leaving behind a hint of respect for He Qi.

This type of encounter had happened more than one. He Qi’s expression didn’t change as he eyed the back of the figure and said unconcernedly to He Heng, “He’s not going, you’re coming with ge.”

He Heng smiled and complied. His attitude was casual as he walked together with He Qi. There were no sparks of the struggle for succession between the two. He understood, He Qi might seem upright and honest but he was definitely one who “pretended to be a pig as he eats tigers”. The reputation spread that He Yuan had of being arrogant and brash, half of it could be put on his head.

It was just a pity that laodaos mother’s birth was too low. This was his greatest challenge in trying to compete for the throne. But the rumor was that the Emperor was planning on bestowing the hougong soon. Nobody know if he would raise lao da’s mother’s position. Based on the fact that she had laoda as an imperial son, she should have been promoted much earlier. It was laosan’s mufei who kept on getting in the way, so that the eldest Imperial Son’s birth mother still only had the title of cairen.

The two came together to the restaurant and left separately after a meal. He Heng didn’t manage to experience the taste of the wine and food before laodao had already hinted at his desire to ally with him against laosan.

Returning to the wang fu, He Heng found that every servant in the fu seemed to have cheer on their faces. He couldn’t resist asking Ming He who welcomed him back: “Did something good happen on this fu?”

Wang ye, it’s just that it’s almost the winter holidays, wang fei had rewarded some silver to us as servants,” Ming He knelt and answered, “Nucai forgot ourselves in joy, wang ye have mercy.”

“Stand up. Wang fei has rewarded you all, it’s natural for people to be happy,” He Heng waved his hand, “what’s wang fei doing right now?”

“Just now nucai went to zhengyuan to kowtow and express thanks. Wang fei is probably still there, but nucai doesn’t know anything else,” Ming He bowed and retreated to one side to express that he had no intentions of inquiring of news about zhengyuan.

“En,” He Heng nodded, his steps changing direction, “Let’s go see zhengyuan.”

Stepping into zhengyuan, He Heng stopped the servants from announcing him and walked straight into the rooms. Just outside the door, he heard the conversation inside the room.

Wang fei, this pouch is actually pretty good, why are you hiding it?”

“It’s fine, I know you are comforting me. This thing, I can’t present it as a gift.”

“But … …”

“What thing you can’t gift?” He Heng walked in and saw Qu Qing Ju try to hide something behind her. He smiled and walked behind her. Taking the object for a look, it was a dark blue pouch. Embroidered on one side was a simple design of clouds, on the other, there was a large character for good fortune. The skill of embroidery really couldn’t compare to what he usually used.

“Is this for me?” He Heng looked again and again at the pouch and wouldn’t return it to Qu Qing Ju. Seeing the other in a state of awkwardness, “I think it is very good.”

Qu Qing Ju coughed: “That is, it’s just for amusement, I didn’t say it was for you.”

“Then I am asking for it from you,” He Heng jerked the pouch he had on his body off and personally put on this one. He smiled and commented, “This color is pretty good.”

Qu Qing Ju glanced at the pouch before instantly moving his gaze: “Since wang ye likes it, then use it.” Finishing, she turned to ask, “Wang ye, are you using the night meal here?”

He Heng nodded his head, “The hotpot last time was good, let’s have the same tonight.”

Qu Qing Ju, who had desired to eat hotpot again, naturally agreed. She felt that it hadn’t been a loss to put the effort in. At least now, she could eat good, drink good and occasionally play at being arrogant. She peeked again at the deep blue pouch and curled her lips.

The end of the year was getting closer and closer. The result was that the people at court also became busier. The matter of the examinations had been finally. The Chief Examiner was the Great Scholar Lu Jing Hong, a member of the Hong Yuan Cabinet. This person was one of the two that He Heng had recommended, the Deputy Examiner was one of He Yuan’s people.

When the Imperial Decree came down, He Heng didn’t feel any surprise. Fuhuang might be wary of his sons but he still heavily favoured He Yuan over all. Otherwise, why would he keep the position of Deputy Examiner for him?

It was a pity his fuhuang didn’t know that spoiling was a type of harm. He Yuan’s appetite would become bigger and bigger under his care. He would definitely create trouble.

On the twenty-sixth day of the twelfth month, a decree came out again from the palace. Many of the consorts were promoted. Ning Wang’s birth mother, Tao shi, was promoted to Noble Pin, her title was Wen.[1] Both He Yuan and He Heng’s mothers took a step forward from fei to guifei.[2]

Just when everybody in Jing was preparing celebratory presents, a decree for marriage came down. Minister Luo’s di granddaughter was to be married to Cheng Wang He Ming. The marriage would take place when spring arrived.

When this decree came down, it shocked everybody to the point of seeing stars. They all gave out a lot in congratulatory gifts and then each raised their heads and stretched their necks to gaze and see the mess that Jing would fall into next year.

Qu Qing Ju finished preparing the gifts to send to the Luo Family and Cheng Wang Fu. There were also gifts for the consorts who had been promoted inside the palace. She sat down with a cup of tea and let Shu Kui massage her shoulders, her head revolving around the matter of the Luo Family and Cheng Wang.

The Luo Family was Jiumu’s maternal family. It wasn’t very distinguished, but did have some reputation in the City of Jing. It wasn’t a surprise for a girl of the Luo family to marry into the Imperial Family. But marrying this Cheng Wang, it still couldn’t be seen if it was good or bad.

If it could be said that the three wang ye at the front had hope of succeeding the throne, He Ming was just a passer-by. Unless the three people in front all died, he wouldn’t have a hope of reaching the throne. This person’s abilities were as average as his name. Who knew how much Qing De Emperor didn’t like this son. The three sons in front, one had the meaning of the “good luck of the qilin¸” one was” the beauty of jade,” one was “of profound and deep learning.” Each one was of higher quality than the one before.

But when it came to Cheng Wang, the brain cells suddenly snapped and the skill of naming dropped. He gave a name that was very common. The meaning was “bright” but it wasn’t as dignified and noble. Just as well the Emperor didn’t know of the “Little Student Ming[3] from the math textbooks of the past life and how busy it was. He was continuously pouring and catching water, continuously walking from place A to B, continuously riding the bike to deliver apples, continuously going from grandma’s to uncle’s.

Thinking about it, Qu Qing Ju shook her head and said to Mu Jin: “Add half more to the gifts to Cheng Wang Fu.” Just that name, it was deserving of sympathy.

Mu Jin confirmed before asking: “Wang fei, just now, the Department of Household Affairs sent over the allowance for the year. Nubi has already checked the items against the list. Should the items be entered into the stores?”

Even though the items from the Department of Household Affairs weren’t rare, but it was still items belonging to the Imperial Family. This was a matter of honor. Qu Qing Ju nodded and thinking that after a few days, she had to enter the palace to kowtow and ask for morning greetings, she felt her knees ache. Disregarding the complicated connections and thoughts of the women inside of the palace, just those two troublesome zhouli, it was enough to irritate somebody.

At the year’s end, the Luo Family was one of the busiest. The people that sent gifts to the fu were endless. Even though the daughter of Luo was marrying Cheng Wang, who wasn’t favoured by the Emperor but he was still a wang ye, and the people in the city of Jing had to pay some respect.

The elder Luo taitai flipped through the stacks of gift lists and commented to her daughter in law sitting under her: “Oh, Yao yatou married to that kind of place, it is … …”

The wife of the Luo Family’s eyes reddened slightly as she replied: “The Emperor’s Imperial benevolence is mighty and broad, it is our family’s good fortune,” Speaking to there, she choked. If she could choose, she would that her daughter married into a normal official’s family rather than suffer in the Imperial Family, “Erxi heard that Cheng Wang is kind and honest. When Yao’er marries, she most likely wouldn’t suffer much.”

“Each person has to live their own life,” The Elder Luo taitai place the gift list down, “Duan Wang Fu isn’t as easy as Cheng Wang Fu but that girl from the Qu family is living well. Duan Wang treats her very well. In the past, our Luo family has treated Duan Wang Fei well, when Yao’er marries, there’s some measure of protection.”

“But Duan Wang and Cheng Wang … …” The worries of the wife of the Luo Family hadn’t finished being said before the Elder Luo taitai interrupted.

“Relationships between women have always been between women,” The elder Luo taitai said in a meaningful tone, “Anything else is the matter of men. Our Luo Family will only be loyal to the Emperor.”

The Luo erxi nodded in a gaze. She was going to speak when she heard the servant report that Duan Wang Fu had sent gifts over.

When the list was delivered over, the elder Luo taitai took the list before nodding and commenting: “Duan wang fei is very good to our Luo Family. We should increase the year-end gifts we send over.” Finishing, she gave the list to her erxi.

The Luo erxi took the list and thought in relief that it was lucky that the Luo Family had been kind to Duan Wang Fei and Duan Wang Fei also knew to pay back. When she entered the Imperial Family, Yao’re will have somebody to guide her, and if Duan Wang succeeded the throne … …

She quickly shook her head and suppressed the idea.

In Rui Wang Fu, He Yuan smashed many pieces of pottery. His beautiful face was full of darkness: “Is fuhuang dim-witted, to marry one of the Luo Family to lao si, isn’t this clearly pushing the Luo Family and lao si towards lao er?!”

The taijian serving him heard this and shuddered in fear. He quickly knelt on the floor, pieces of broken pottery cutting into his knees. He didn’t dare frown even a bit.

Wang ye, wang fei requests to see you.” A young yahuan stood shakily at the doorway, afraid to even look at He Yuan.

“Not now!” Smashing another piece of porcelain, He Yuan sat down on the carved sandalwood chair. After musing with a dark face he ordered: “Come, prepare a carriage to enter the palace!” Damn it, if he had known it would be like this, he shouldn’t have in the beginning pushed mufei into letting fuhuang bestow marriage between the member of the Family Qu and lao er. Now, it was a boon for him!

As the clear winner in He Yuan’s eyes, He Heng wasn’t as joyful as He Yuan imagined because he knew the conduct of the Luo Family. As to how lao si would choose, that remained to be seen.

Holding a cup of Long Jing Tea, and leaning back on the chair with half-lidded eyes, He Heng thought about He Yuan and He Qi’s possible reactions. He Heng raised and lowered his eyebrow. No matter what, this incident was advantageous for him.

But this was also time to pass the news that He Yuan was giving loans to lao da. As long as the two of them were fighting, they wouldn’t care about lao si’s marriage. That was, in their eyes, lao si wasn’t that important.

Wang ye, wang fei sent somebody with chicken soup.” Ming He’s voice sounded from outside the door.

Looking at the chicken soup in front of him, He Heng suddenly thought of Qu Qing Ju. Fuhuang’s Imperial Decree said that she was “of plentiful good fortune”. It wasn’t wrong. Wang fei was really his lucky star.

[1] 温: warm, tender, soft, gentle

[2] 贵妃: a position above fei. 贵 means valued, or noble.

[3] It’s akin to John

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45 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter Twenty Eight “Lucky Star””

      1. Cross my fingers that you won’t abandon this novel because there’s still a long way to go.

        I really enjoy this novel and your translations have been awesome.
        Thank you!

      2. Oh wow you seriously mean all 128 chapters are finished translating and just needs to be edited? 😮

      3. That’s amazing! Looking forward for the ride then hopefully the editing continues at this pace or better 😀

  1. Thanks for the new chapter! The plotting for the throne continues. HH is quite correct though that his father is making a huge mistake indulging HY so much as that will lead HY to believe that his actions will not have consequences….when ppl have nothing to fear, they behave in a spectacularly shameful manner and will only create tragedies.

  2. And the year passes as peacefully as it’ll ever be in the imperial palace. 😀
    I wonder what QQJ will have to deal with from here on since the emperor hasn’t really interacted with anyone except that one little part with his son’s.
    HY seems like he’s about to pull something but I’m leaning towards HH coming out on top of whatever scheme it’s going to be.

    Thank you so much for the chapter! I always look forward to reading a chapter everyday. Motivation for a new day XD

  3. love the story
    you picked a great story to translate( read in this week many in the same genre and not 1 could top this)Qu Qing Ju is definetly the best female empress character in my opinion

  4. thank you for the fast translation. i enjoy read this novel thank to your translation. please keep on translate this..

  5. kukuku…~! She really is his lucky star~!
    Now I wonder just how will Qu Qing Ju will handle this~ :).

    — Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.

  6. Thanks for the update. Glad to know you have finished translating and will not abandon this project and us readers.
    Appreciate that.
    The plot thickens. Don’t like HH’s elder and younger brother. HH seems better than them in the way he treats QJJ.
    Would love to read more about this couple’s interaction.
    Getting to be such an enjoyable novel. Good taste.

  7. I’ve been spoiled with QQJ’s encounters with the other women and this chapter kinda boring.
    The Zhengyuan is quiet and hopefully not for long. 😀

      1. i don’t really care much about the brothers’ competition for the throne. Just give me the story of how HH will be enamored by his wang fei slowly but surely. 🙂

  8. Wait, so He Yuan asked his consort mother to persuade the Emperor to marry Qu Qing Ju to He Heng? Why? As a rude joke because he thought her family was useless and an embarrassment and he wanted to dump her on his second brother, sort of like giving He Heng the middle finger, in an imperial way?

    Now who has the last laugh, huh?

    1. Also, how come Qu Yue Su, the favorite daughter, wasn’t pushed into He Heng’s arms, instead of Qu Qing Ju, the least favorite daughter? Marrying He Heng was a pretty good deal, since that daughter would get to be Wang fei. So why didn’t Chang de Gong Fu push Qu Yue Su into this marriage?

      1. Because Qu Qing Ju is older and of higher birth. First because she is the eldest di daughter. Second because she has a higher ranked maternal family. The Emperor wouldn’t have even entertained marrying Qu Yue Su over.

      2. Oh so the Emperor decides which specific girl marries his son? Chang de Gong Fu doesn’t get a say in the matter, even though they are technically also parents of the soon to be newly weds?

        Also, do the imperial sons get a say in the matter? What if the Emperor dumps someone they aren’t attracted to at all onto them?

      3. The Emperor can “decree” marriage for his sons. Depending on the dynasty and the personal power of the Emperor, the consent of the female’s family is iffy. You are becoming in-laws with them, you don’t want them hating you. But if the Emperor just did it, the family really can’t say anything.

        Imperial sons logically do not get a say. “Parents make the decisions.” Of course, things vary with how much the Emperor likes the son etc etc. They have to suck it up if they aren’t attracted. But no one’s stopping them from having concubines so it’s not like they are that bad off unless they have someone who they really really liked and wanted to practice monogamy. Rare, but maybe.

      4. So then…since the Emperor liked He Yuan, then Qin Bai Lu must be the bride He Yuan chose for himself. All He Yuan had to do was ask for a betrothal to Qin Bai Lu and the Emperor would grant him his wish. The problem is I don’t quite sense the love vibe between Rui Wang and his wang fei.

  9. And why wouldn’t Qu Yue Su be a candidate? She is technically also a di daughter. Ok, it is because she is the younger daughter. But would she be considered a candidate for another imperial son once her eldest sister (Qing Ju) has married Duan Wang?

    Also, why did the Emperor marry Minister Luo’s granddaughter to his fourth son? What’s the reasoning behind that?

    1. But she’s a di daughter of a second wife, there were problems about her birth, and her own maternal family is of no real significance. That same reason is why He Heng tolerated Qu Qing Ju in the beginning: the Tian family is significant. Also because the Marquis doesn’t have a di daughter so Qu Qing Ju, his sister’s only child was the next best alternative. Like any parent, he wants the “best” for his children (to a certain degree, LOL). Qu Yue Su cannot be married to a prince because then that means that the Qu Family is becoming too powerful. As a concubine though … …

      Everyone doesn’t get why the Emperor is marrying Luo Wen Yao to He Ming. I have only the fuzziest answer which may not be the correct one. One hypothesis is he wanted balance. The other, which I feel is more probable, is that he’s really not thinking properly which is what He Yuan thinks. The reason I think that will come through the following chapters.

  10. Why is nobody surprised at the mention of He Ming? Isn’t this his very first appearance? I have always thought that there were only 3 princes! The addition of He Ming and his new wangfei is interesting because I have been waiting for a new ally to join He Heng and QQJ’s side for the longest time. Then again, I don’t exactly want them to be an ally to our power couple so easily because it is too predictable and I want He Heng to gain the throne from his own capabilities (and not due to luck because the emperor unconsciously helped him in a moment of folly).

    1. Somewhere in the previous chapter , the author already mentioned about the four princes so I’m not surprise about the appearance of the fourth prince ! In my opinion He Heng is too smart that he can take advantages from every opportunity he get ~ I believe even if he didn’t get smart QQJ as his wife he will be able to get the throne . He is calling QQJ lucky star because he like her (unconsciously maybe )

  11. How many concubines does the Emperor have? It’s shocking how he only has four sons. Usually, I hear about Emperors having at least 20 sons. Even a common household with one wife-one husband can achieve four sons. 😛 He Heng and He Yuan are in their early twenties. How old are He Ming and He Qi?

  12. And that mystery about who told emporer to bestow marriage to QQJ & HH now revealed~~~~~

  13. Thankies for the chapter~

    This marriage thing… You really can’t go against an Emperor’s word. If he wants to marry you to a pig, you WILL marry a pig. Hahahaha. Glad I wasn’t born on that era.

    So it was He Yuan who plotted Qu Qing Ju’s marriage to He Heng. QQJ was suspicious in the earlier chapters that someone among the Emperor’s wives/concubines has pulled this trick and convinced the Emperor to set the marriage. Guess it was to humiliate Duan Wang Ye in taking a wife who is clearly unfavored by her (Chang De) family and was a weakling.

    Revision suggestions:
    The matter of the examinations had been finally » had been finally = had been finalized

  14. Just imagined HH with sunglasses and a bowl of soup with his back to the burning palace and a banner *cool guys don’t look at explosions*, LOL’ed

  15. Just as well the Emperor didn’t know of the “Little Student Ming” from the math textbooks of the past life and how busy it was. He was continuously pouring and catching water, continuously walking from place A to B, continuously riding the bike to deliver apples, continuously going from grandma’s to uncle’s.
    …….just that name, it was deserving of sympathy.

    I really laughed out loud at this. This is my second time reading this novel and I just noticed it…so funny.. Thank you so much for this awesome translation.

  16. There is a bit where it says “Yao’re” instead of “Yao’er.” That’s the only one I caught.

    Also, why do these folks hate porcelain so much? Go punch a tree, leave the poor tea sets and vases alone!

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