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Chapter Fifty Four Losing the Heart of the Emperor
“Wang ye, be careful where you step,” said the yahuan holding the lantern in a gentle voice, “Not many people come to Xi Ce Yuan. The road isn’t easy to walk on.”
He Yuan smiled at the yahuan until the other bashfully buried her head lower and lower. He finally spoke: “If that’s so, then the lantern needs to be raised higher.”
The yahuan’s face turned red and the lantern in her hand swayed before she recovered her composure.
Originally, no one had lived in Xi Ce Yuan. Because a ce fei was soon to be taken in, the chief steward of the wang fu told the servants to clean it. The majority of the furniture had not been renewed before Qu Yue Su’s imminent arrival.
The procession entered Xi Ce Yuan. Inside, the lights shone brightly but He Yuan didn’t have the innate joy that sprang from taking a beautiful woman as a ce shi. He looked at the tightly closed door, and then at the two kneeling yahuan who were safeguarding it. In a heavy voice, he said: “Open the door.”
“Yes,” One of the yahuan bowed and gently pushed open the door. He Yuan stepped inside and passed the Shelf of Many Treasures to see Qu Yue Su sitting on the bed. She was wearing a light-colored girdled dress. The girdle was pale green in color. Her head was bowed, revealing a pale neck. She did seem to have some beauty.
He Yuan stood next to the Shelf and motioned for everyone inside to leave before slowly moving forward.
“Wang ye,” Qu Yue Su stood and bowed. Her movements were graceful and subtle, acting more like a daughter of an educated and noble family than his own wang fei, Qin shi.
“Was Beauty waiting for ben wang?” He Yuan raised her chin with his index finger, his thumb curling at her lip, “Each minute of the spring night is worth a thousand gold pieces. We shouldn’t waste any more time.” He didn’t wait to hear Qu Yue Su’s thoughts before pushing her onto the bed.
The piercing pain erupting in the lower half of her body made Qu Yue Su spill hot tears. She’d never thought that her wedding night would end up like this, painful and without a shred of warmth. She hadn’t even heard a gentle word from the man lying on top of her body. To this man, she was probably just a plaything.
The pain slowly dulled into numbness. She stared wide-eyed at the lotus flowers embroidered on the pink curtains above her head. She wouldn’t always be in this position. Qu Qing Ju had achieved a good life so why couldn’t she? What Qu Qing Ju could do, she could do also.
When Qu Qing Ju first heard that the Duke of Chang De had put Qu Yue Su in a blue sedan and sent her off to Rui Wang Fu, she was sitting in zhengyuan listening to the flattery of the qieishi. When she had finished listening to what had happened, she sighed ruefully: “Such a pity.” She might not like Qu Yue Su personally, but to send a fifteen-year old girl away to be a qie? It really was a waste of her talent and beauty. Her entire life had been ruined because she had a mother like Liang shi.
The qieshi sitting below her didn’t know what to say in response. They knew that wang fei didn’t have a good relationship with her maternal family. Her half-sister rushing off to become a qie of Rui Wang wasn’t some glorious event. Should they be outwardly happy that a person wang fei disliked became someone’s qie or sad because wang fei’s sister had shamed her?
Jiang Yong Yu glanced at wang fei and saw she wasn’t angry yet she wasn’t happy. She looked regretful. Jiang Yong Yu’s thoughts switched tracks and she said: “Qie heard that Qu san xiaojie is talented and beautiful. No wonder His Highness Rui Wang would fall in love with her.”
He Yuan was the type of person who saw women as just playthings in his heart. There was no such thing as love in his mind. She smiled helplessly:“If it was like that, then this match would have been good.”
“Some people want to be a qie. Who can stop them?” Ping Zi Jin smiled mirthlessly as she spoke, momentarily forgetting that she too was a qie.
Qu Qing Ju glanced at her. She felt too lazy to argue and lightly remarked: “Ping shiqie should think about her own identity before speaking.” She then told the shiqie to leave.
When Ping Zi Jin came out of the zhengyuan, her face still hadn’t recovered. Now that she had been demoted from ce fei to shiqie, the people who had fawned over her in the past were nowhere to be seen. Even the other shiqie beside her didn’t want to talk to her.
She hated seeing the disdain Qu Qing Ju had towards her but she was helpless. She had no favour and no status. If Qu Qing Ju wanted to move against her, it would take only a few words. What could she do in return?
The news that He Yuan took a qie quickly spread throughout Jing City. The Imperial Censors who had already been opposing him redoubled their efforts to impeach him. It seemed as though they would not rest without defeating He Yuan.
Even Qing De Emperor was angry this time and summoned He Yuan to the palace. He looked at his child kneeling in front of him with a bowed head and thought about his adorableness when he first learned how to talk and walk. His heart softened in an instant. Using a handkerchief to muffle the sound of coughing, he asked a few seconds later: “Zhen thought you were young and inexperienced so zhen tolerated you at every turn. Who knew that you would commit a thoughtless action? Do you not know the discontent that the entire court feels towards you?”
“Er chen only took a woman. It has nothing to do with them,” He Yuan raised his head to look at Qing De Emperor. “Fuhuang, these people are purposefully attacking er chen. No matter what er chen does, they will always find an excuse to make things difficult for er chen. There’s no difference whether or not er chen actually committed it.”
Qing De Emperor saw He Yuan’s face had turned slightly red with anger. He coughed several more times before asking: “How could the entire court be deliberately opposing you? Yuan’er, you are not small anymore. Think before you act. Even zhen cannot do whatever zhen pleases.”
He Yuan’s face darkened but didn’t say a word.
“Zhen knows you have a fiery personality. All these years, there hasn’t been any criticism. Zhen only thought that after you grew up, you would understand and change. But after seeing your conduct becoming even more outrageous, zhen hurts inside.” He gave a sigh, “Stay in your fu and reflect. If you do such things again, even zhen cannot protect you.”
“Fuhuang is the Son of Heaven, the master of all the people in the world. Do you have to consider other people?” He Yuan looked at Qing De Emperor and asked with a hint of defiance, “The entire world is yours. Why do you have to take their opinions into consideration?”
Qing De Emperor looked at his most beloved son. A beat later, he said: “You shall go back and reflect. Leave now.”
“Er chen asks for leave.” He Yuan saw Qing De Emperor’s expression wasn’t good, and could only bow and leave. Coming out of Tian Qi Palace, his face became progressively angrier. If he was the Emperor, he would control all the power. He didn’t need anyone ordering him about. If they didn’t want their position, there would be hundreds of thousands of people who did. He wouldn’t get threatened because of these matters. After all these years, fuhuang’s personality was still soft so he allowed the people in the Royal Court to push him around.
“Yo, san di is leaving the palace?” He Qi had a smile on his face as he strode towards He Yuan. Seeing the ugly expression on He Yuan’s face, his smile became even brighter, “I heard that in two days, si di is being transported back to Jing for his recovery, what does san di think?”
“Whatever da ge thinks, I will also think,” He Yuan raised his chin, his eyes full of disdain as he looked at He Qi, “Did you think that you could jump up in order to push me down so you could climb even higher? Dream on.” A scornful smile appeared on his face.
He Qi didn’t become angry. He only came up and patted He Yuan’s shoulder. He lowered his voice and said: “To climb up or not is not important. If san di falls down, wei xiong would be even happier.” He straightened and said with a smile, “That year, san di and this brother were playing together. San di tripped and caused ben wang and mufei to kneel at Zhao Xiang Palace for an entire night. Don’t forget it.”
“We all rely on our abilities. If da ge and Wen guipin had the ability, why would you ask for mercy in front of the doors of didi and mufei’s palace?” He Yuan raised his lips in a smile, “Of course I wouldn’t forget such a matter. It was such a good show in the past.”
He Qi’s smile became darker. He stared icily at He Yuan, “Pray towards the Heavens that you would see an entire lifetime of good shows.”
“Da ge doesn’t have to worry about that,” He Yuan raised an eyebrow and looked towards the palace gates, “Farewell.”
He Qi watched expressionlessly as He Yuan left the palace and a thin sliver of icy mirth appeared on his face. Arrogant people died quickly. He wondered if the other would be as arrogant at the time of his death.
Around the corner, He Heng smiled as he saw his two brothers part ways. He turned and said to Ming He behind him, “Ben wang’s da ge and san di have such good relations.”
“To have harmony between sons of the Imperial Family, it is a lucky event.” Ming He responded with a smile.
“Of course it is a lucky event,” He Heng rubbed his chin as he smiled. Remembering that lao si was coming back to Jing in two days, he ordered, “After returning to the fu, remember to let wang fei prepare some healing and blood-enriching medicines.”
Ming He acknowledged the words with a bow of his head, realising that wang ye was preparing it for Cheng Wang. He said: “Wang ye doesn’t have to worry. Nucai remembers that the fu’s stores has many rare blood-enriching medicines. Cheng Wang will certainly recover quickly.”
He Heng nodded. He turned and went inside the carriage to return home. At the fu, he walked towards the zhengyuan to eat the evening meal as was his custom.
As he entered the main gate of zhengyuan, he detected the distinct smell of medicine. When he looked around and saw the zhengyuan’s servants moving back and forth as they sorted out the medicines. It was a busy scene. When the servants saw him, they stopped what they were doing and bowed in greeting.
“No need to bow, just perform your duties,” He Heng went inside the room to see Qu Qing Ju writing, her head bent. As he moved closer, he saw that she was writing several lists of medicines. All of them seemed to contain good items that would help improve a person’s health.
“Wang ye has returned?” Qu Qing Ju raised her head to glance at him before returning to her writing, not even bothering to stand for greeting.
“This is all in preparation for si di?” He Heng glanced a few more times at her characters that were only neat, not beautiful. “We have a good variety here.”
“There are only two months left before the wedding of si shu and the girl from the Luo Family is held,” Qu Qing Ju put down her pen and scanned the list before saying, “Originally, si shu returning home victoriously and his upcoming marriage was a cause for celebration. Who knew that villains would try to assassinate him? Thankfully, he is in no mortal danger, but what good is that if he doesn’t have a healthy body?”
He Heng just realized that the date of marriage was almost here and the Spring Examinations were also about to begin.
When fuhuang had sent si di to investigate the case, did he think of si di’s impending nuptials?
Maybe he did think about it, maybe he didn’t. But he was certain of one thing, for He Yuan, fuhuang could overlook anything.
28 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter Fifty Four “Losing the Heart of the Emperor””
Thanks. Such a short chapter. Looking forward to the next. HY is so arrogant and full of himself. Can’t wait for him to fall from his high horse.
Thanks so much. I hope the emperor continues seeing He Yuan’a behavior without eyes clouded by affection. A person like He Yuan having the throne would be a disaster for any country and its citizens.
That guy is on death row and doesn’t even know it. If he is to become emperor, no one will want him to live long enough to enjoy it. If another brother will become emperor, his personality won’t allow him to accept it so he’ll become a thorn to be plucked. He’s dead either way.
Thanks a lot—!
At this point of time, i see the set up is for he yuan’s fall….and possibly the emperor’s eath, though the latter might come later.
Ooh, looking forward to cheng wang’s marriage! He’s a good guy, and the girl is also good! Yup, i also skipped the part on he yuan’s marriage thing. I’m not interested—-ahahaha!
Here’s hoping next chapter has more qing ju and he heng—!
There’s sweetness next chapter. 😀
I feel sorry for QYS. Despite her optimism to have a life like QQJ, there is little likelihood that this will happen considering the different personalities of HY and HH. Until now, I cannot understand her parents’ thinking. Yes, HY is also a prince and a favored son at that, but QYS will only be a cie and cannot do much, unlike QQJ….HY is also quite scary. He thinks that an emperor is omniscient and almighty. Imagine how he will treat the people if he ascends the throne. Thus, a lot of court officials will surely plot for his downfall….On the other hand, the relationship of HH and QQJ is getting stronger. They almost think alike. I do hope that their strong bond lasts for a long, long time and that HH inherits the crown….thanks a lot, ororomunroe90 and leecherleechleech, for the daily translations….I look forward to more chapters….
I actually understand QYS’s parents thinking. He Yuan is a favoured son and hence have a great possibility of being emperor. By sending QYS to be a concubine, they are securing the Qu’s family future. If QYS is favoured, it would only mean good things to their family. If not, QYS still has the chance to be a respected fei in the future because she has entered the fu since He Yuan was still a prince. This is actually not uncommon, many highly ranked officials also send their daughters to become the emperor’s concubine in order to secure their standing. To us, it seems foolish. And indeed, it is foolish because we know what He Yuan is like but sadly, Liang Shi doesn’t.
And if Qu Yue Su was an only child, I would agree that securing the Qu Family that way is correct. But Qu Qing Ju is already married to an imperial son. And He Yuan isn’t the Emperor yet. If Qu Qing Ju hadn’t distanced herself, the Qu Family would have been “stepping on two boats” with the move. Politically, it doesn’t make much sense. If He Yuan ascends the throne, he can’t just killed He Heng without a good reason. Also, the Qu Family wouldn’t have been destroyed even if Qu Qing Ju was executed with He Heng. But if He Heng takes the throne, he would “respect” the Qu Family (even if he might dislike them) because they are Qu Qing Ju’s paternal family. There would at the very least, be guaranteed another generation. But since they gave Qu Yue Su off to He Yuan, they pretty much declared themselves against He Heng. Anyone else have a different idea of what went on in their minds?
I never saw it from that point of view. This story is getting more and more interesting by the day!! Thank you for your update & your insight gives me another point of view to explore!
Hmm, but isn’t it precisely because QQJ distancing herself that made it really obvious that the Qu family’s standing is not secure at all? I feel that maybe they ‘declared their allegiance’ to He Yuan because they don’t want to rely on QQJ whom openly declared her displeasure at the Qu family. Rather than ‘stepping on two boats’, I thought that making QYS a concubine of He Yuan was an open declaration of siding him (even though QQJ is married to He Heng). The fact that they can do that means the Qu family is blatantly disregarding He Heng. And this may be the reason why He Yuan would pamper QYS more; since she is something that shows he has an edge over He Heng. (Not that it has political impacts but still, it’s something he can use to make He Heng feel uncomfortable.) And, I would imagine, if I were a character in the novel (especially one that is not thoughtful like Liang Shi), I would think that He Yuan would have the biggest possibility of gaining the throne if He Qi (the eldest brother who was ‘rightfully’ supposed to get it) did not. He Heng is barely in the picture at all (which is also why he’s our smart male lead who will probably end up being emperor in the end – he knows when to show his capabilities without inviting harm by being too rash/obvious). Also, even if He Heng does take over the throne, QQJ, as a wangfei, is already slighting the Qu family. When she becomes empress and gain more power, it is possible she might ‘take revenge’ against Liang Shi (and by extension, the Qu family) on her own even if He Heng ‘respect’ the family. So, maybe they are banking all their hope on He Yuan. And not forgetting, Liang Shi probably feels that QYS will be leading a carefree life in the luxurious wangfu since she will be pampered as QYS is her daughter and such a wonderful catch complete with looks, talent and intelligence, of course He Yuan would appreciate her, no?
But I think the most important thing to take into consideration for this decision made is Liang Shi’s intelligence. I believe that she isn’t the smartest one around xD
But this is all based on the fact that Qu Qing Ju can move actively against the Qu Family without any harm done to her. Because “filial piety” is still in the world (not as obvious in this book but it is in the background). Distancing herself is “normal” because she is “hurt” by Liang shi. But she never moves against the duke. If Qu Qing Ju is Empress, “filial piety” will essentially force her to keep the Qu Family and her father safe, which may not include Liang shi.
So yeah, Liang shi had the “smarts” to pick out what was good for her in the really short term and screwed the rest of the Qu Family. 😀
I think after HH’s anger on behalf of QQJ and Duan Wang Fu’s obvious disdain for the Qu family, the Qu & Liang families decided to try to get HY’s favor. Pretty sure that as said, they think he’s the next emperor so if QYS becomes a guifei later on, she can possibly be in the same position as HY’s mother who holds all the emperor’s love. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to want to see that HY’s personality is very spoiled, cruel and uncaring. Like others have said, even if he ascends the throne, an assassination/coup would be imminent. Especially if HH, the very smart, well-liked, and capable brother is still alive at that time.
but isn’t rumors play important part in selecting the correct choices in this case the correct wang fu or duan wang. everyone know HY is reckless and dislikeable and LS should know that QBL would hate QYS and will get revenge
but isn’t rumors play important part in selecting the correct choices in this case the correct wang fu. everyone know HY is reckless and dislikeable and LS should know that QBL would hate QYS and will get revenge
for his favorite son and gui fei, the emperor can overlook anything which resulted injustice toward others…only expect their cold and insincere feelings…what a wise son of heaven.
Thank you so much!! 😘😘😘
Thanks for the chapter!
Thanks for reading!
Yue Su deserved more love than what she gets…
He Yuan is just stupid, if he just stop being a dick and just patiently wait rather than stirring troubles around every corner he could’ve become the Emperor(I’m guessing that the Emperor is 2nd guessing now due to the title)
I really hope it’s the start of his downfall! Thanks for the chapter.
Waiting with anticipation for the downfall of Rui Wang. He’s so arrogant and the Emperor is just blinded by his love for him.
Thank you to all who helped in translating this chapter.
Ouch, even though He Yuan has such a handsome face, still that gotta hurt for a first time. Tsk tsk tsk*
Thankies for this chapter~
Thanks for the chapter!
thanks for the chapter!
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Hello, a rather late kitten arrived with her second attempt to read the full story!
Previously, a long time ago I already read this novel, but didn’t finish it for some unknown reasons. This time I stumbled across your translations again and now am finished with 8TT (thank you for your hard and amazing work!!). Time to enjoy the pampering of He Heng 😀
Just wanted to let you know, in this chapter, Feng Zi Jin (former cefei, now shiqie) somehow ended up as Ping Zi Jin again. I guess it was overlooked.
Dunno whether or not you’re willing to edit it, I just remember seeing a comment in an earlier chapter, where you asked for a reminder regarding this matter.. (Though I’m really 2 years late with it cough)
It would be interesting to see how QQJ would act as He Yuan’s wife. Of course he is arrogant, ruthless and unworthy, but i do wonder what kind of strategy QQJ could use on him to bewitch the prince