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Chapter One Hundred and One The Trust of the Emperor
“Niangniang,” Fine sweat beaded Huang Yang’s forehead as he looked in trepidation at the Empress who was partaking in her meal. He didn’t even dare to breathe hard, as though any movement would enrage the Empress.
“What is it?” Qu Qing Ju slowly ate a bowl of chicken porridge. Matched with the crisp pickled cabbage, it was flavourful. She saw Huang Yang refraining from speech in a panicked manner as she rinsed her mouth with the tea that Jin Zhan handed over and wiped her mouth with a handkerchief from Yin Liu, “Say it, what has made you so panicked?”
Huang Yang dropped to kneel at Qu Qing Ju’s feet: “Han liangdi was found this morning in the lotus pond of the Imperial Garden, already swollen.”
Qu Qing Ju stilled. Han Qing He died?
“How can you mention such a matter in front of niangniang?” Mu Jin’s brows furrowed. Now that niangniang was pregnant, this kind of matter would scare niangniang and the small Highness in her belly, “Shut your mouth.”
“It’s fine,” Qu Qing Ju’s left hand slowly caressed her slightly upraised belly, “Your expression wouldn’t be this terrible for this kind of minor matter. Is it related to the cause of Han liangdi’s death?”
Huang Yang saw niangniang’s calm composure and could only say through gritted teeth: “The people of the Department of Household Affairs found a white jade hairpin on Han liangdi’s body. Someone recognized that it was niangniang’s.”
When Jin Zhan and Yu Zan heard the words, their faces paled in fright. The clothing and hair ornaments of niangniang were under their management. If niangniang’s things were lost, the most suspicious people would be them. The two knelt down, faces terrible as they said: “Niangniang, nubi wasn’t able to look after the ornaments properly and begs for mercy.”
Qu Qing Ju laughed out loud, motioning for the two to stand up. Then she stood, uttering: “Such a cold and desolate month but such a good play. They could even find the white jade hairpin that ben gong had lost half a month ago. Since right now, it’s the two muhou who are in charge of the hougong, let us go visit Fu Shou Palace. Ben gong is very curious about this matter.”
Huang Yang looked in puzzlement at the Empress. Niangniang didn’t even seem to be the slightest bit angry.
Mu Jin was perplexed and then recovered, “That’s so true. Huang Yang, go prepare the phoenix carriage. From last night, the snow had been coming down. Zhuzi is pregnant with His Highness. She can’t endure the wind.”
“Yes,” Huang Yang cheerfully stood and turned to let the servants prepare the phoenix carriage.
In Fu Shou Palace, the two Empress Dowagers, He Heng, Jin An Princess Royal, the three other feipin and the main and assistant supervisor of the Department of Household Affairs were gathered for the matter of Han liangdi’s drowning.
Empress Dowager Wei’s expression finished listening to the report the palace maid kneeling had reported. With a grave face, she repeated: “You mean to say that yesterday in the late evening, Han liangdi went out of her residence alone. An hour later, you felt that it was strange, and started to search with the other servants and eventually found Han liangdi’s corpse?”
“Yes,” The one that answered was Han liangdi personal maid. She looked frightfully at the room full of powerful people, “Before zhuzi left, she said … …”
“What did she say?”
“Said that if the Empress could put importance on her, then in the future, she would receive the Emperor’s favor.” When the palace maid finished speaking, she pressed her forehead to the floor, so afraid she trembled all over.
“According to what this palace maid says, the one who invited Han liangdi out was Empress, and then the Department of Household Affairs found the Empress’ hairpin on Han liangdi’s body,” The corners of Empress Dowager Wei’s lips drew back, her voice scornful as she concluded, “Meaning that the Empress murdered Han liangdi?”
He Heng’s brows furrowed as he asked: “Muhou, Qing Ju is the Empress of a country. Why would she try to kill an unimportant minor feipin?” Last night, he had slept in the front hall of Tian Qi Palace, and hadn’t been together with Qing Ju, but he believed that Han liangdi’s death had nothing to do with Qu Qing Ju.
Hearing her son unconsciously call out her erxi’s name in front of so many people, Empress Dowager Wei raised an eyebrow at him before responding; “Aijia is very suspicious of the matter as well.”
“Empress Dowager, Emperor,” The palace maid’s voice shook: “It was because half a month ago, zhuzi had sung for the Emperor in the gardens, and had been found out by the Empress. Not long after that, people started to shortchange zhuzi’s allowance. Zhuzi went out last night to see the Empress because there was no other way for her to survive. Please, Empress Dowager and Emperor, give zhuzi justice.”
“Yesterday in the evening, it started to snow. The Empress is already three months pregnant. She would go visit Han liangdi in the snow and somehow managed to push Han liangdi into the lotus pond,” Jin An Princess snorted, “After doing all that, she wouldn’t have detected that she had lost something, just returning to rest in the rear hall of Tian Qi Palace. She is too vigorous.”
“Nubi didn’t say that the Empress did it,” The head of the palace maid shrunk back as she stuttered, “And nubi thinks that it could have been a servant … …”
“Outrageous. How can zhen not be clear about when someone enters or leaves zhen’s residence?” He Heng slammed the table, “Tian Qi Palace has guards and secret bodyguards at all times. Not just the Empress, even the normal palace maids and taijian’s entry and exit would be recorded. You couldn’t slander the Empress so you turn to slander Empress’ people. What is your purpose?”
The palace maid clearly hadn’t thought of that flaw. She had been taken into the palace by Han Qing He from the wangfu and didn’t know that the security of Tian Qi Palace was that stringent. A beat later, she started to bang her head continuously: “Nubi doesn’t mean anything, and asks for Empress Dowager and Emperor to investigate thoroughly.”
Empress Dowager Wei raised a teacup as she looked icily at the kowtowing palace maid. She didn’t care that the maid’s forehead was bleeding and turned to say to Muhou Empress Dowager: “Not even these people, even us sisters had entered the palace for a few years before knowing of the matter. The daring villain, who has plotted to harm the palace fei and slander the Empress, is truly evil.”
“That’s so true. Aijia had been Empress for more than a year after entering the palace before finding out that there are hidden guards in Tian Qi Palace to protect the Emperor,” Muhou Empress Dowager smiled mockingly as she raised her head, her gaze sweeping over the three of Jiang, Feng, and Luo. “But in the past, no one dared to frame aijia. The younger generation is much more courageous.”
Jiang, Feng and Luo couldn’t sit and walked together to kneel at the center of the hall. Until the matter had been solved, all three of them were suspects. But the consequences of the enormous crime of plotting to harm the Empress and the palace fei would reach even their families. Could they bear to suffer the outcome?
“Alright, you three don’t have to kneel,” Empress Dowager Wei set down the teacup, “Regarding Aijia’s erxi, aijia is very clear. She isn’t a person who would do such a thing. Even if she did, she wouldn’t act so stupidly. Aijia doesn’t care why the person is so reckless, but if they could admit it themselves, aijia won’t act against her family. But when aijia finds out personally, don’t blame aijia for being ruthless.”
The main and vice supervisors of the Department of Household Affairs, by this time, had realized that the two Empress Dowagers and the Emperor were protecting the Empress. The three had worked together for many years and didn’t need to exchange a look to know what the others were thinking.
The main supervisor of the department stepped forward; “Emperor, Empress Dowagers, nucai has just found that Han liangdi showed traces on the back of the head from being hit with something heavy. From the impact and the location, the criminal must be shorter than Han liangdi, and is a female. The Empress is slightly taller than Han liangdi, and pregnant women cannot lift heavy objects so the criminal cannot be the Empress. Nucai has also looked at the record from yesterday to today of the entrance and exit records of Tian Qi Palace. There are no suspects among the palace maids and taijian that attend the Empress. From this, it can be concluded that the Empress is certainly unconnected to the matter of Han liangdi.
He Heng nodded, his face softening: “It seems someone wants to hit two birds with one stone.” His gaze swept across the three feipin, his gaze landing on Luo Yin Xiu and Feng Zi Jin who were shorter than Han Qing He, his face darkening again, “Catch all of the palace maids and taijian that serve Luo guipin and Ping cairen, and interrogate each one.”
“Emperor!” Feng Zi Jin crawled forward, “Qie is innocent, Emperor!”
Luo Yin Xiu looked at the overly excited Feng Zi Jin and continued to keep her head down.
“Emperor, the Empress asks to see you.” Ming He came in to report.
“Allow,” He Heng’s fierce expression instantly became gentle. When Qu Qing Ju entered, he couldn’t resist standing and supporting the person to sit beside him, “It’s snowing outside, why did you come?”
“Just heard that Han liangdi passed away, and qie’s hairpin was coincidentally on her body. Qie couldn’t stay away,” Qu Qing Ju frowned slightly, “Qie’s hairpin was lost half a month ago. It was that time when qie fell asleep in the Imperial Gardens. The location was unknown. Emperor had then specially bestowed qie a set of cat’s eye hairpins as a replacement. Who knew that it would be found at Han liangdi’s body.”
He Heng remembered. Half a month ago, he and Qu Qing Ju heard Han liangdi sing and then Qu Qing Ju feel asleep. Afterwards, he had carried her back to Tian Qi Palace before they had discovered that two hairpins had fallen off. On the second day, he had gotten Ming He to deliver a box of hair ornaments decorated with cat’s eye stones to the rear hall of Tian Qi Palace. It seemed that the white jade hairpin was one of the two that had fallen off before.
“Don’t be angry, zhen knows you aren’t connected with the matter,” He Heng patted the back of the hand, “Zhen will definitely send someone to investigate and clear your innocence.”
Qu Qing Ju sighed and nodded her head slowly. She looked in apology at the two Empress Dowagers: “Erxi is extremely unfilial to have made both muhou worried.”
“This matter has nothing to do with you,” Muhou Empress Dowager said, “Empress, you are just too naïve. This hougong always have those of malicious and daring thoughts. Aijia and your muhou have been in the hougong for so many years, but really haven’t seen tactics as stupid as this one. To keep such a person in the hougong, aijia wouldn’t feel safe.”
“That’s so true. You are pregnant, don’t waste attention on such matters. Aijia is here for anything and won’t let them slight you.” When Empress Dowager Wei finished talking, she said to He Heng, “Take the Empress away quickly. Such unlucky matters shouldn’t dirty one’s ears. You two, don’t worry, aijia and jiejie will certainly uncover the truth. You should leave here now.”
He Heng stood and bowed to the two, “This son has no attention to spare for the matters of the hougong and has to trouble the two muhou.”
“Leave, leave,” Empress Dowager Wei waved her hand, shooing them off like she was hurrying away ducks. After the Emperor and Empress left, she gave a cold smile, calmly ordering: “For anyone suspicious, use heavy torture. Aijia doesn’t believe that it can’t be found out.”
She swept a cold gaze at He Heng’s three feipin: “This hougong will not tolerate women who think themselves clever!”
The three of Jiang, Feng and Luo couldn’t help but shudder. Jiang Yong Yu’s face was solemn as she bowed respectfully: “Thanks Empress Dowager for instructing.”
Empress Dowager Wei slightly nodded her head at her, and then said to Feng and Luo who were still kneeling: “Before the matter is solved, you two will stay in the Sheng Shen Zhai behind Fu Shou Palace to reflect, and will save aijia from having to put people to watch you.”
“Yes.” Luo Yin Xiu respectfully gave a kowtow. She was clear that the Empress Dowager was cutting off their escape route. But since she didn’t do it, what did she have to be afraid of?
53 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter One Hundred and One “The Trust of the Emperor””
Thank you so much!! 😘😘😘
So HQH’s arrogance did lead to a bad end for her…
Someone’s trying to frame QQJ but didn’t know all the facts….that person is going to get a huge punishment for trying to harm the Empress.
Dang, that was quick…
It has to be Ping Cairen! Who else would be so bold, daring and with nothing to loose!
Feng Zi Jin? She fed up with Han liangdi and kill her then try to frame Qing Ju?
Obviously this is what HH meant when he said “killing two birds with one stone” With this she will be able to kill HLD and frame QQJ at the same time.
You hit the nail on the head. 🙂
I suspect F…
And here I am thinking that Hang liangdi’s own servant did this. On the other hand, it must be the other 2 concubines, other than the one QQJ allowed to go home to visit her dying family member. Hang liangdi’s maid is definitely in it. She didn’t know about the secret bodyguard and she was the one who imparted the news that Hang liangdi was going to see the Empress that night. She must be bribed or involved anyhow.
P/S: Can the brother be somewhat related in this case? HY seems to scoff the relationship between HH and QQJ and how the people are praising the royal couple…
i suspect him from the beginning of this chapter
Bwahahahah. They should know that a ruler is never without a body guard. There are ears and eyes everywhere. Seriously, they thought they could outsmart a spy network.
Thank you for the chapter!! I was surprised that Han liangdi did so suddenly. The nubi seems very insistent on framing Qu Qing Ju, while nothing good ever comes from Feng Zi Jin so am quite curious of who the real culprit is. Maybe a plot by He Yuan?
Ooooo.. A mystery! How exciting! I have been annoyed with Han liangdi after yesterday’s chapter, and bam, now she’s dead. You are so not missed, Han Qing He. Good riddance. I’m guessing the culprit is Feng Zi Jin. “This hougong will not tolerate women who think themselves clever!” Haha! Next to be going. She got rid of HQH who was bullying her, and wanted to frame Qu Qing Ju to remove her and the baby! I’m extremely pleased that “the two Empress Dowagers and the Emperor were protecting the Empress.” The palace has hope again.
First there were five in the hougong. And now, four. Soon to be three. I think I can live with Jiang Yong Yu and Luo Yin Xiu since both have no intentions of competing with Qu Qing Ju. XD
You! I like you.
Well damn…didn’t expect her to die so soon LOL… Stupid woman x-x if she didn’t act so haughty she might have lived longer :/ and wow who dares to kill someone and blame it on the empress?? Of all ppl to blame lol so stupid. My money is on feng caipen but I feel like there might have been a twist to it… XD oooooh can’t wait for next chapter!!! Thank you so much!!!
The start of palace intrigues huh… Never thought it would happen so soon.
Reminds me of Legend of Miyue. Anyone else watching that at the moment?
I’ve seen the previews but I’m not that interested at the moment.
I’m giving it a try, I love the cast, but kinda afraid it wouldn’t live up to ZHZ, I’ve only watched the first episode though haha
Yes i just watched the first episode . not the others ceause im waiting for full english translation ! but it seems very interessting!
I’m watching and recapping Legend of Mi Yue! The palace intrigues in legend of mi yue isn’t placed much emphasis on though, hopefully this novel will go more in depth!
although there were a bit favoritism toward QQJ, the two empress dowagers seem to give people justice. normally I would assume, they will just punish the person given the current “oblivious” motive and proof evidence.
Many thanks wow so stupid …. its like putting mud oN yourself then pointing on the othef
I suspect Jing, and not to hurt qqj, but to implicate ping cairen and get rid of the stupid duo once and for all. I mean she is smart and knows where to put the money
I also think so ! or it could be ping cairen or some body thats not from the palace and wants to get revenge at QQJ
Wow, that came out of nowhere lol… didn’t expect that turn of event. Author got me good. I clearly suspect Feng Zi Jin too… you need stupidity to think of such things, totally sounds like her…
whoa someone was stupid enough to try to frame the Empress in a place filled with CIA or NINJAS!!!
They didn’t know that though. It might have been successful if Qu Qing Ju hadn’t been living in Tian Qi Palace, though He Heng still would have believed her innocence anyways.
Annnd now we’re back again, FZJ is so stupid that she can’t even be compared to a pig. I mean, if I were her, I would have done something else, something that is not ‘stupid’ like what she did. She was given a second chance, but noo, she’s still insisted that she’s ‘innocent’. Damn, she’s wagering her family and her own lives here! Like, I know she’s really selfish, but to this extent? My God, I really, really hope that I won’t have a stupid daughter like FZJ in the future. 😒
Like HH said, as if QQJ will ever bother on a small feipin like her. She is too clever for that. Wow man, you even bestowed a set of hairpain to your wifey eh? Lol. Can’t wait for the tesult. Me vote for Ping cairen. Because she is evidently being abused a lot by HQH after entering palace and too angry and stupid to come up with these stupid plan. Lol. Killing HQH and slander THE Empress? Pffft..
HQH makes too much troubles, offending each and everyone, and look how she ended up, honestly I don’t pity her
Thank you for the chapter 😊
Reading this makes my brain working to try connect and deduct few things.
1. Geez! I knew I said before tht Han liangdi will be dead in the future chapter bccs of her greed. But I never expected it’ll be so soon in the chapter. Ha! So Han liangdi got her wage cut, but isn’t QJ no longer taking care of hougong matter as the two muhous are in charge. Does QJ still have the right to cut Han’s wages? Does everyone in hougong know abt this? Otherwise, it shows the weakness on the plan. Except, it also intended to trouble two muhous.
2. Which then leads me to second doubt. Does everyone forget about Shu GF ? I’m sure she still stays in the palace since HY is not accepted her yet in his Wang fu. I wonder if she has the guts to scheme againts Wei empress dowager by attacking her er xifu. But then again, the scheme is rather hasty, is Shu GF lost her touch already? Or she actually working with other person who is very stupid to scheme.
3. It might be that stupid person is Feng pin ha-ha. But again, I still find it hard to connect Shu and Feng, but still probable thou 😝.
4.I also notice that every taijian and maids of Feng will be investigated. This bring me into revelation… Will HH discover the poisoning attempt by Feng to original QJ?!!!! I really hope he will be original QJ needs her own justice.
5. I also try to suspect Jiang cefei but again she won’t gain anything for this murder. If she wants to be an Empress, she’s not favoured by emperor and has no power/influence in the court of doing so. So which brings me to suspect Shu GF and Feng pin 😎.
I like this chapter. Thank you for translating this.
True. Jiang Ce Fei seems so innocent in this matter….either she’s as usual her smart self and not plotting anything or she has decided to move. I think of Jiang ce fei as a crouching tiger. She’s the most dangerous one because she knows how to use her brain. Oh well, It could just be Ping cairen being her stupid self again.
Thanks. Wow a murder. One of HH’s concubines is really wicked. I bet on FZJ. She has been abused by the deceased and trying to frame the Empress. Glad QQJ has the support of Emperor and 2 Empress Dowager.
Hi, thank you for the awsome translation you’ve done till now, i know how hard it is to translate these ancient ones ( cuz i have some embarrassing failed attemts )
Actually i’ve been a phantom reader of your blog for a long time now, after reading the chapter today i suddenly thought, ‘why not say thank you now, since it’s already past 100th chapter’ ( tho i wanted to comment at actual 100th chapter… i missed my chance… T.T )
anyway thank you agin, you’re a really fast translator, (as i too know some Chinese) i really admire your work!
and another thing, am i the only one to notice, the authors little trick of making qing ju ‘one and only’?
Thank you for the update, this chapter is interesting, the most likely suspect would be FZJ, since LYX is out of questions from the last paragraph. With QQJ strong backing this case wouldn’t effect her, rather the perpetrator would suffer for it. 👿
“zhuzi had sung for the Emperor in the gardens, and had been found out by the Empress. Not long after that, people started to shortchange zhuzi’s allowance.”
Oh, so that’s how QQJ chose to respond to Han liangdi’s attempt at attracting HH. Proper punishment & future warning all in one. LOL. I love QQJ’s tactics.
Did QQJ really short her allowance ?
weren’t , the empress dowagers from the moment when they found QQJ pregnant , handeling the harem ?
Yes, the Empress Dowagers were in charge of the palace. Here, it is more likely people saw Han Qing He offend Qu Qing Ju so they just slacked off.
This is just how I interpreted events based on my understanding of the story and characters so far; I can’t be sure I’m 100% right. But after that scene between HH and HQH in the previous chapter, I couldn’t imagine that QQJ would allow HQH to go “unpunished”–and free to try again to entice HH. She needed to be taught a lesson and reined in, one way or another.
Now, QQJ isn’t officially handling the harem matters anymore, that’s true, but either way (that is, before or now) she wouldn’t have taken direct action against HQH, because then she would get a reputation as a jealous, shrewish wife who tyrannizes her husband’s concubines (which would be damaging to QQJ).
So I always thought that QQJ would punish HQH by indirect means. Like, remember her tactics in a much earlier chapter when QQJ wanted to put the acting-virtuous concubine in her place: she let the concubine get slapped by a servant and then she acted all indignant at the display of violence and “reproved” the servant.
Now, with HQH: QQJ may have purposely showed her disappointment or acted offended or even subtly nudged her servants into spreading the tale about HQH’s flirting with the Emperor–so that the palace servants would ultimately slight the shameless concubine (HQH) in order to appease and please the favored wife and Empress. Otherwise, if QQJ had not allowed people their assumptions that she was offended and would want HQH slighted, why would they make things difficult for HQH?
Ooh, you’re slightly close to the truth but not there. Yes, Qu Qing Ju wouldn’t have done nothing at all and the rest will gently float to the surface in the future.
“Yes, Qu Qing Ju wouldn’t have done nothing at all and the rest will gently float to the surface in the future.”
So that’s where I was wrong; I thought that, with a very subtle, almost-not-there light touch, QQJ would still have to manipulate events that tiny bit necessary in order to control & obtain the desired outcome. Or else, when QQJ wanted Feng Zi Jin to lose her status, how did she just happen to stumble and fall precisely where she would break HH’s special gift for QQJ, the glass lamp? Things can’t always just occur so fortuitously and optimally (for QQJ) out of sheer chance, without QQJ doing anything at all.
The one with Feng Zi Jin and the lamp was Qu Qing Ju. This incident, as it continues into the next chapter, is much deeper than it appears and it really isn’t Qu Qing Ju as the primary manipulator.
Thank you……trying to frame the pregnant empress?…..What a stupid ploy….
thank you very much!
oh? she died! i didn’t expect that…hmph, as if qing ju needs to stoop to that sort of plot. i’m really hoping for male female twins! that’d be totally awesome—-! yay to the empress dowagers and the emperor protecting qing ju—-!
I can hear the drum rolling…
Thanks for the chapter!
thanks for the chapter!
Whosoever plotted this doesn’t know how QQJ handles matters that much is very obvious. No matter how pissed QQJ is, she has never resorted to killing or murder like HH she goes for bloodless killing lol!! The dummy instead just left traces that will definitely lead back to her.
Obviously QQJ did it. In the dark snowy night she flipped over the walls like a ninja thus avoiding all the guards, lifted something heavy to smash HQH then pushed her into the pond, then threw her own hairpin (which she found back by sneaking into the garden) next to the body, before ninja-ing her way back without even her maids noticing to continue playing the part of the pregnant lady.
Seriously, those framing her should use their brains a bit. xD
I was frowning when I read the first sentence lol. Thats a good one hahaha