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Such a serious time. Everything is different now.
Chapter Eighty Five Entering The Palace
The winds and rain were strong, but they stopped as dusk approached. The sun even came out from behind the clouds, covering all of Jing with a coat of gold. Qu Qing Ju stood on the only three-level tower in the wang fu. She narrowed her eyes to look at the shockingly beautiful sunset, a smile on her lips.
Suddenly, a heavy bell rang out from the direction of the Imperial Palace. Because Duan Wang Fu was very close to the Imperial Palace, she could clearly hear the ringing.
Mu Jin and the others behind Qu Qing Ju instantly changed their expressions, kneeling down and covering their eyes, trying their best to make themselves cry more sorrowfully. Huang Yuan even grievously moaned “Emperor” before using his sleeves to start wiping away his tears.
Qu Qing Ju’s head seemed to ring then blanked. She looked in disbelief at the Imperial Palace. Under the sunset, the Imperial Palace seemed to be coated in a layer of mysterious gold. If this kind of scene was exaggerated a bit, it would become a good omen. How was it that the Emperor had passed away?
She stilled before turning to order: “Quickly change everything in the fu that needs to be changed. Nothing bright should be seen.” After seeing Huang Yang leave the tower with reddened eyes, she looked down at her own clothing, “Let’s return to zhengyuan to change.”
Even though she wasn’t sure of the situation in the palace, Qu Qing Ju still used the fastest speed possible to wash away the makeup on her face and also took off the peach red corseted silk dress to change into a snow-white plain dress. The girdle she used was a neutral colored one. She took down all the pouches and pendants on the dress, put her hair in a simple style, using a few hairpins to secure it, and even took down her earrings.
The servants in the wang fu also took off the bright clothes they wore. White lanterns with black characters and white banners were hung up in the wang fu. Anything red in colour was stored away.
Jiang Yong Yu watched as the servants in her rooms hurriedly put everything away. She changed into a dark green cotton dress. She asked Ai Lu beside her, “Has wang fei given any orders?”
Ai Yu helped remove the adornments in her hair and changed her hairstyle to a simple one, securing it with two silver hairpins, “Wang fei didn’t have any orders. She just said for everyone to clean up what should be cleaned up and hang what is required.”
Jiang Yong Yu faintly frowned. She walked uncertainly to the gate of her yard and looked at the servants walking outside, sighing: “I don’t know what the palace is like now.”
Ai Lu knew that her mistress was worried about the new emperor. Right now, it was good if their wang ye succeeded the throne. If Rui Wang succeeded, their lives from now on wouldn’t be very peaceful.
“What, you can’t wait either,” Feng Zi Jin held Xia Yun’s hand and looked disdainfully at Jiang Yong Yu, “I had thought that you would endure longer, but aren’t you just the same?”
Jiang Yong Yu calmly looked at the sapphire in Feng Zi Jin’s hair and commented indifferently: “If you have the time to come over and fuss, why don’t you take down what you are wearing? If wang fei knew, I wonder if she would get angry?”
“You’re just a dog of wang fei, what do you have to be smug about?” Feng Zi Jin snorted and held Xia Yun’s hand to leave.
Ai Lu retorted in anger: “She’s a shiqie who’s unfavored by wang ye, there’s nothing to be proud of!”
“Her father is a third-grade assistant minister in the Ministry of Works. My father is under his command. It’s natural that she dares to show off in front of me,” Jiang Yong Yu gave an ambiguous smile, “There’s no need to argue with this kind of person.”
Ai Lu looked at the smile on her mistress’ face. Even though she didn’t understand why, her anger lessened.
The main gate to the palace opened, and a fourth grade imperial bodyguard rode a horse as he raced out of the palace. The guards saw that he was going in the direction of Duan Wang Fu and were envious. The people of Duan Wang Fu were going to rise on their master’s success.
Following him was a troop of bodyguards accompanying a carriage as it proceeded out of the palace. White flowers were hanging on the carriage but from the structure, it was the carriage that only the Empress had the status to ride.
They instantly understood. This carriage most likely was going to receive Duan Wang Fei.
Qu Qing Ju’s face was strict as she sat in the front hall of Duan Wang Fu. Behind her were four yahuan and four taijian. Everyone’s face was grave.
Looking at the doors to the hall pushed wide open, Qu Qing Ju took a sip of holly tea. The pale finger tapped gently on the table, releasing that small bit of anxiety inside.
“Wang fei, the Imperial Decree from the palace has arrived.” Huang Yang raced in, his face joyous yet sad, looking very comedic. But Qu Qing Ju didn’t have any mirth on her face. She slowly stood and watched as a person dressed in the dark uniform of the imperial bodyguards stride in and then kneel in front of her.
“The Emperor has decreed to especially welcome niangniang into the palace to manage the affairs of the hougong.”
Qing De Emperor was dead. The person that would be called Emperor now could only be the new Emperor, and the women of the new Emperor naturally could be called niangniang. Qu Qing Ju slightly nodded: “This da ren, please stand.” She examined the person, confirming that he really was an imperial bodyguard before responding, “Is the Emperor well?”
“The Emperor is fine, but due to his grief, he hasn’t drank or eaten,” The imperial bodyguard respectfully answered, “The Emperor especially let wei chen come here first to give the decree. The carriage and guards will arrive shortly. Niangniang, please wait for a moment.”
Qu Qing Ju nodded calmly. The peaceful state she expressed made the imperial bodyguard who had passed on the decree admire her. No wonder she was Duan Wang Fei. Even facing a major event such as Duan Wang succeeding the throne, she could be so peaceful and not lose her composure. She really was majestic and had the composure necessary to “mother the world”.
Mu Jin and the others behind Qu Qing Ju were bursting with joy, but due to the fact that an outsider was present, they managed to keep up the expression on their faces. Mu Jin came up to support Qu Qing Ju’s arm and asked in a small voice: “Niangniang, why don’t nubi go pack some things?”
Qu Qing Ju nodded and asked the imperial bodyguard: “Da ren, please sit. What should da ren be called by?”
“Wei chen doesn’t dare,” the imperial bodyguard raised his hands, “Wei chen is a fourth-grade imperial bodyguard Gao Jin, and had been a bodyguard before in the wang fu for a time.”
Qu Qing Ju nodded. She knew that this person was most likely one of He Heng’s people. She calmly sat down at the front of the hall, not speaking anymore.
A short while later, the carriage arrived. Mu Jin and the other yahuan had finished packing. Qu Qing Ju allowed some of her personal attendants to follow as she walked out of the main gate of the wang fu. When she saw the majestic carriage, she sighed, and paused in her steps before using Mu Jin’s hand as support to enter the carriage.
The common people on the side of the street had been already ordered back by the guards. Qu Qing Ju sat in the carriage and found it slightly boring. In the past, when she sat in a carriage, she could still hear the voices of some passer-bys. Now, other than the sound of the axles, the ground and the hoofs of the horses, she couldn’t hear anything. Was this the difference between a wang fei and the Empress?
The carriage didn’t stop after it entered the palace. She slightly lifted up the curtain and saw people all kneeling on the ground. All of them were trembling and cautious, as though if she frowned, they would lose their lives.
The carriage travelled a short distance past the palace doors before stopping. Qu Qing Ju got off the carriage and got on the phoenix carriage to sedately circle around to reach Tian Qi Palace. When she got off the phoenix carriage, she saw He Heng standing at the top of the jade stairs.
She stood at the bottom of the jade stairs, staring into his eyes. Step by step, she made her way up. Each step was especially steady and especially strong.
Just when there were three steps left between her and He Heng, he actually walked down the steps and firmly took hold of Qu Qing Ju’s hand. The two ascended to the top of the stairs together. He Heng lifted his head to look at the plaque of Tian Qi Palace: “Fuhuang’s mourning hall has been set up in Shou Kang[i] Palace. Later, you and I should go to pay our respects.”
Qu Qing Ju suddenly understood. So Qing De Emperor’s corpse was already not in Tian Qi Palace? She turned to look down the jade stairs and found that the scenery at the top was drastically different compared to the bottom.
She tilted her head to look at Tian Qi Palace’s sign. At this moment, she didn’t know whether to say to restrain grief or congratulations. She turned to look at the man beside her. He wasn’t as happy as she had thought, but had a kind of expected steadiness. After thinking for a bit, Qu Qing Ju decided to speak: “I heard that you haven’t eaten or drank. It’s so hot right now. You can’t harm your body.”
He Heng smiled. He looked at the dimming sunset at the horizon, “If you are worried about me, then eat together with me.”
Qu Qing Ju nodded, concern on her bare face.
The two walked together into Tian Qi Palace. Food was very quickly brought up. Even though there wasn’t any meat, the dishes were very finely made and didn’t diminish one’s appetite.
After eating and rinsing, He Heng wiped his mouth as he remarked: “These days, the palace would be busy. You should follow muhou to manage the affairs of the hougong. After everything is settled, that would make it easier for you to manage the hougong.”
Qu Qing Ju’s eyebrows twitched. Did he Heng mean that hougong was going to be under her management in the future?”
“There are two muhou in the palace, it doesn’t need me to do this,” Qu Qing Ju smiled as she responded, “Does Emperor not worry that it could exhaust me?”
“How would I not worry for you? But this is our hougong, you have to run it,” He Heng gave a warm smile, “If I give it to anyone else, I won’t feel at ease.”
Qu Qing Ju looked at his eyes and found that he looked extremely serious as he spoke, so serious that she almost believed it.
A silent beat later, Qu Qing Mu smiled and complied: “Alright.”
In Zhong Jing Palace, Jing guifei slowly waved the fan in her hand and remarked to Ding mama beside her: “The Emperor welcomed Qu Qing Ju into the palace?”
Ding mama answered: “Nubi heard that right now, niangniang is keeping the Emperor company for the evening meal.”
Jing guifei nodded: “That’s good, with her there, the Emperor knows to take care of his body.”
Ding mama hesitated before being unable to resist asking: “But if Qu niangniang entered the palace, this hougong… …”
“Ben gong’s son’s hougong should be handed to ben gong’s erxi to manage,” Jing guifei’s expression grew serious, “Do not mention this matter again.”
Ding mama’s face paled, her body sinking lower into a bow, “Nubi slipped, niangniang, please forgive me.”
Jing guifei’s expression relaxed and she continued to wave the plain circle fan in her hand, not speaking anymore.
[i] 寿 (shou) is long life, age 康(kang) is healthy, peaceful
41 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter Eighty Five “Entering The Palace””
hmm XD thanks for the chapter^^ I always wait anxiously for your chapters daily ^^ I found a mistake. It should be Qu Qing Ju instead of Qu Qing Mu as she replied HH ;P
Thank you very much~! It’s finally here!!!!!!! Jing guifei is such a good mom ^-^ She has no interest in fighting for power against her son and his wife =D Can’t wait for the next chapter!!!! I want lovey dovey soon!
I really like Jing Gui Fei more and more >,<
Thanks for the update. Glad that HH has called QQJ into the palace to be with him and eat with her.
is the Empress Dowager gonna be the former empress or Jing guifei, or both?
Don’t think Jing guifei can be Empress Dowager, Empress is only the emperor’s main wife, all others are concubines. Dunno exactly what her title would be tho.
Aah, but most children wouldn’t want to see their mother below someone else. It is a very frequent occasion when the Empress is not the birth mother of the Emperor.
There can be multiple Empress Dowagers at the same time like Empress Dowager Cixi and Ci’an. QQJ did say there are 2 “muhou.” Hou is reserved for empress/empress dowagers. That means, aside from the original Empress, Jing guifei was also elevated to empress status.
hah i wonder if JGF still thinks QQJ is a naive girl and thats why she isn’t worried about her entering the palace 😛
Eh? There no way Jing Guifei did not know about fake naive Qu Qing Ju!!
It already several chapter already! LoL!
now that he heng is emperor, will he be taking in more women? Hope not!
Is there any reasons why ding mama question about who is going to run hougong? Is it not automatically be handed to the empress? How does QJJ really feel about the change of her status?
In most cases, the Dowager Empress has precedence over the Empress, especially since she is the Emperor’s birth mother. The Dowager Empress is the highest ranked woman in the country, not the Empress. The Empress is only in charge when the Emperor and the Dowager Empress allows her to be.
Thank you so much!! 😘😘😘
I really like JIng guifei a lot. She’s a very supportive mother/in law. With her guidance and the able running of HH and QQJ, I think the dynasty is about to have a glorious era….thanks a lot for the update…
Above all kindness and generosity, t he most important point is that Jing fei is a smart woman. There are presently 2 Empress Dowagers, why should she give her son more headache with unnecessary Hougong’s disputes if she can actually prevent it easily by enjoying luxury in retirement?
She is really a good mother, a good mother should want her son to have a happy and peaceful life, insteas of spoiling her own ego for a superficial shortliving glory.
Sometimes I really can’t understand the attitude of haughty ED whose emperor is her own biological son..cos what is the point in fighting over power when she can not really rule the empire officially anyway?
Why must make the relationship with her own son so strained when she can actually just enjoy the old age in luxury without much stress?
Thanks! QQJ will definitely be Empress from the way HH is treating her. It’s great that Jing guifei is a good popo and mother so she won’t fight QQJ for control of the hougong.
Small typo: Qu Qing Mu -> Qu Qing Ju
Thanks for the chapter!
Such a good mother-in-law!
Thank you for the chapter!
I have a feeling that soon something not so good is going to happen. Since there are in all 123 chapters there must be something happening.
And actually I am not so sure if mother in law will just let all the power go… I don’t really think so.
The other thing is normally all woman below the empress have to leave the palace when the emporer dies (or in older times die with the emporer)
thank you very much!
i went ‘shootshootshoot’ multiple times when i saw the title! i mean, i was thinking nothing bad would happen, but…there was so much tension—–! yeah, woo—! he heng as emperor, and qing ju as empress! so very cool—-! awesome! yay jing guifei, i think she’ll be an excellent empress dowager!
Jing Gui Fei is indeed a great role model of all mothers, willingly compromising for her son’s well beings
A silent beat later, Qu Qing Mu…. I believe this should be Qu Qing Ju
I think the same
So I supposed, the 2 muhous are the previous empress and Jiang GF. But the way I look it, the 2 muhous wont be any trouble for QJ. JGF support his son, she u/stand HH decision,and care for QJ. The previous empress doesnt have any children. She has status but not influences. She practically siding JGF and HH before. So she’s not a threat to QJ. If QJ manages hougong, I’m sure she ll indirectly involve JGF and empress dowager. QJ is smart and understand ppl psychology, she ll do fine with other 2 muhous.
I have bad omen abt Feng shi qie. She s still not learning yet. Knowing she’s going to be emperor concubine, she might do stupid and nasty thing to hurt QJ. I really want to slap her for her arrogancy.
Thanks for this chapter.
Thank you….hoping Jing Gufei will still continue to like QQJ…….QQJ now will have to think about providing heirs for the emperor.
the tension of the story.. can’t wait for the next chapter. yeahhh QQJ is the empress.. should she give a little provoke to QBL by standing in front of her with her new atire.. hehehe
Thank you for the translation. Finally HH become the emperor and QJ become the empress. What happen to that hateful mother and son, SGF n HY?? N the brother that got locked away HQ? Will HH release him from the tower??
Its a wonder how every time HH says something to QQJ and she doesn’t believe that HH truly means it. Both of them seem like wise old sages who know and understand each other’s strength and weaknesses and act accordingly.
The book is nearing its end, yet I can’t understand weather HH truly loves QQJ or is it as QQJ thinks that “one would almost believe him”. I keep on feeling, perhaps HH will find somebody else to love suddenly like a fickle minded man.
The whole situation sounds so unstable, like a castle of cards, it feels like a little wind can shatter it. I feel like a storm is approaching. ⚡🌋🌊🐣🐣
I agree, it’s hard to read the both of them. It’s perfectly normal for QQJ to doubt HH, I mean the guy practically fooled everyone else and cleverly became the emperor. Just like HY said, it’s like HH is always acting.
You really do have a point…
This isn’t enough to ease my addiction pain!
Thanks for the chapter
Thanks for the chapter!!
Oh man! This is crazy xD everything is moving along so fast after the emperor die o-o I wonder how QQJ will live in the palace now. And what will happen to the rest of his brothers? :O would he try to kill off HY? Since that dude would beer approve of the events so far xD
After yesterday’s chapter with “Death of the Emperor” (that I never expected to have happened so quickly), I have been filled with a sense of foreboding. I can only have faith in Qu Qing Ju, He Heng and Jing Gui Fei for everything to still work out no matter what. My poor heart. I am taking solace in the fact that their relationship is monogamous now because politics is way more interesting than a harem. With Qu Qing Ju as the Empress, how will the other concubines behave? She got rid of all the tong fangs, could she also get rid of everyone else? XD
Well, the Emperor sort of became useless once he switched the object of his affections to Jing guifei and was going to pass his throne to He Heng since he was so disappointed with He Yuan.
There is still exciting things going to happen in the palace!
‘Exciting things’ as in good things or bad things? 0.0
i find it fascinating that every single time the servenat is the one who angrier than the master it self.
Thanks for the chapter!
thanks for the chapter!
Jing guifei is really sensible.