何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter One Hundred and Two “East and West”

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Note for readers: Feng Zi Jin is mentioned in the chapter as both Feng Zi Jin and Ping cairen. Cairen is her rank, “ping” is her title. Usually, titles are a sign of favor from the Emperor, and with a title, you are ranked a little bit higher than someone who would be the same rank as you. Han Qing He does not have a title, so if she was also a cairen, Feng Ji Zin would be a little tiny bit higher.

Of course, “ping” is calm, peace, and average so it’s more of a warning from He Heng in this case.

Chapter One Hundred and Two East and West

In the place that was the hougong, there were many secrets. It was possible that there wouldn’t be a trace of what you had done. The crucial aspect was how high you climbed and how steady you stood.

The two Empress Dowagers ordered the Department of Household Affairs to use torture. The people who served Luo Yin Xiu and Feng Zi Jin all went through the process. It didn’t take their lives but it made people unable to even plead for death. Unable to endure the last cycle of torture, a palace maid called Zhu Yu spilled it all, even revealing what her zhuzi had done in the wang fu.

Aijia did wonder how a feipin, who didn’t even have a secure position, could kill someone and remain undetected. So there was someone who helped,” Muhou Empress Dowager read through the confession and handed it to Empress Dowager Wei sitting beside her. She sighed, exclaiming, “This Feng shi is too bold.”

Empress Dowager Wei scanned the confessions, so angry that her face became red. She wasn’t one who showed what she felt, but what the confessions revealed was shocking and infuriating. Especially when the criminal was someone she had personally picked for her son out of the female candidates.

“Come, lead Luo guipin and Ping cairen here,” She suppressed her anger and sighed at Muhou Empress Dowager. “We should have known earlier. Aijia shouldn’t have arranged for such a cruel woman to serve at the Emperor’s side.” No wonder Heng’er and erxi had been residing everyday but still didn’t have any children in the past. It must have been the poison which harmed the body and it took about half a year to recover from.

Meimei, you should not blame yourself. You can only see a person’s appearance but not their hearts,” Muhou Empress Dowager comforted, “It was lucky that it wasn’t more serious. It was the heavens that protected them. But since this matter has been solved, should we tell Emperor and Empress?” Such a major matter, the Empress poisoned when she had been in the wang fu, it wasn’t right not to inform them.

“This kind of major incident, we can’t conceal it from the Emperor and Empress,” Empress Dowager Wei had recovered her composure, “Also, send someone to lead Shu gui taifei and Rui Wang over.”

“It should be like this,” Muhou Empress Dowager nodded. This matter was related to Shu gui taifei.

As they talked, Feng and Luo came in. Just two days in Sheng Shen Zhai but both of them looked much more fragile. Luo guipin still managed to keep her posture but Ping cairen was a sorry figure. Both eyes were dry and unfocused as though she hadn’t slept for two whole days.

“Come, give Luo guipin a seat.” Muhou Empress Dowager’s lips curled. Even though she was smiling, others could still feel her imposing dignity.

“Thanks, Empress Dowager of both palaces,” Luo Yin Xiu released a breath inside. To let her sit now, it meant that the matter had been investigated. She was clear that she had nothing to the matter but was afraid that others would wrongly accuse her. After seeing the present situation, she had nothing to worry about.

Qu Qing Ju heard that the two Empress Dowagers had called for her and He Heng to Fu Shou Palace, and looked in shock at He Heng who had been playing a match of weiqi with her: “Muhou has investigated the matter this quickly?”

He Heng naturally wouldn’t inform her of the various strategies the Department of Household Affairs had, and only set down the stone in his hand. He smiled, answering: “In this world, when something is done, then a trace will be found. You have to know that in this world, there isn’t a case that cannot be solved. It’s only whether someone will seriously investigate it.”

Qu Qing Ju agreed with He Heng’s words. People always talked, the best way for others not to find out was to not do it, so it was better to not commit malicious acts.

Seeing her face full of approval, He Heng stood, adding: “Since muhou wants to see us, let’s go take a look at Fu Shou Palace.” He ordered for a servant to bring a fox skin cape and then made Qu Qing Ju put on a thick rabbit-skin hand muff before leading her out of Tian Qi Palace.

Coming out of Tian Qi Palace, Qu Qing Ju felt the harsh winter wind blow into her face. The snow on the road had been swept away by the taijian but the roofs and the trees were full of snow. She took in a breath, “Such heavy snow.”

Reaching to pull the collar of her cape higher to cover her face, He Heng helped her onto his own carriage. Once the two of them settled, he replied: “Now, it’s the twelfth month. It’s normal to have this much snow.”

Even though she had seen the heavy snow of Jing City last year, Qu Qing Ju had a special feeling for snow. It was most likely due to the fact that she lived in the south and always read of the people making snowmen in the language books and had been disappointed that she couldn’t make one herself.

Not being able to obtain something that other people told them about from when they were little, most people would be stubborn in their attachment.

Qu Qing Ju occasionally lifted the curtain as the Imperial carriage traveled and saw the palace maids and taijian kneeling on both sides of the road. Snow was still falling, the ground was cold, but those people knelt with their backs straight, not a hint of slacking.

As they entered Fu Shou Palace, He Heng saw Feng shi kneeling in the center of the hall. Kneeling behind her was a few pale-faced palace maids and taijian. His expression darkened and held hands with Qu Qing Ju to bow to the two Empress Dowagers before sitting to the side.

The ground and walls of Fu Shou Palace were heated. Qu Qing Ju had taken off the fox skin cape but still felt hot. Using her hand to slightly pull at her clothing, she looked at Feng Zi Jin kneeling on the ground, asking: “Muhou, what is going on?”

“These years, this Feng shi has been very brave. Emperor, Empress, take a look,” Empress Dowager Wei handed Chun Yu’s confession to He Heng. Seeing her son’s face become colder, she knew he was angry, and sighed, “It’s muhou who has to apologize for arranging such a villain beside you.”

Muhou cannot say that. Feng shi is malicious and adept at disguising herself. Is that muhou’s fault?” He Heng furiously slammed the confession onto the table beside him, “It was zhen who was blind to have kept such a woman like this for so many years.”

“Emperor!” Feng Zi Jin knew that the matter had been exposed and looked discontentedly at the furious Emperor, “If it wasn’t that Emperor had to marry her, and favor her, why else would qie have to do such things?”

Seeing the hand that Feng Zi Jin pointed at her, Qu Qing Ju raised an eyebrow. The marriage had been decreed by Qing De Emperor and He Heng who decided to marry the bride, so why did it become all her fault in the end? If she had the ability, she should be trying to kill Qing De Emperor and He Heng, what was the point of poisoning the original Qu Qing Ju?

“Empress was the wang fei who xiandi decreed. Emperor and her are in deep love, it’s the natural order of the world. You are just a small qieshi who, in jealousy, decided to plot against the Emperor. You poisoned wang fei in the wang fu, murdered Han liangdi after entering the palace and framed the Empress. Such a frightening person, and shameless to be angry at the Emperor for marrying. It is very funny,” Empress Dowager Wei smiled icily, “So many shiqie in this world. If they were all like you, wouldn’t the world end?”

Shengmu Empress Dowager, you were only a feipin too. Didn’t you have times when you had been discontent, but you still became the high up Shengmu Empress Dowager?” Feng Zi Jin raised her head to stare directly at Empress Dowager Wei, scornfully asking, “What’s wrong with qie? We’re all women, how is Qu Qing Ju nobler than me?”

“A villain like you cannot compare to Shengmu Empress Dowager,” Muhou Empress Dowager looked coldly at Feng shi babbling nonsense, “Both in appearance and morals, you cannot compete against Shengmu Empress Dowager. In the past when aijia was still Empress, Shengmu Empress Dowager respected aijia at every turn, and didn’t slight aijia who did not receiving any Imperial favor. The Emperor she raised is intelligent and thinks of the people. Becoming Shengmu Empress Dowager, it is the will of the heavens. A woman such as you who dares to poison the wife, how can you compare? You are full of nonsense.”

Muhou Empress Dowager’s words defended Shengmu Empress Dowager from all angles and told other people that she was approving and in great favor for Shengmu Empress Dowager to sit and rise at the same height as her. She even pushed the matter onto the fate of the heavens, flattering both Empress Dowager Wei and the Emperor and explicitly expressed her position.

When she heard the speech, Qu Qing Ju finally understood how Muhou Empress Dowager, in all these years without the favor of the Emperor and with no son of her own, managed to keep her seat and why Qing De Emperor hadn’t ever thought to dispose of her. Her attitude and tactics, such an understanding woman. But just like Empress Dowager Wei, she hadn’t met a reliable man, it was so regretful.

She turned her head to look at He Heng. As expected, his expression had relaxed, clearly very satisfied and grateful for Muhou Empress Dowager’s words.

“Emperor, Shu gui taifei and Rui Wang have arrived.”


Er chen greets both muhou, greets huang xiong, huang sao.”  When He Yuan entered the hall, he calmly bowed to the four people as though he didn’t see the people kneeling.

This was the first time Qu Qing Ju saw He Yuan after He Heng had ascended the throne. Due to the fact that she didn’t like He Yuan in the first place, she hadn’t looked at him when he entered. But once the other spoke, she felt that He Yuan felt wrong, as though he went from a delusional youth to a steady yet silent uncle. The change was so drastic that she felt suspicious that the person in front of her and the He Yuan of the past were two different people.

When Shu gui taifei saw Feng Zi Jin kneeling on the ground, her expression became slightly ugly. Before she could speak, Muhou Empress Dowager threw the confession in front of her, “Shu gui taifei, look at that!” If Empress Dowager Wei had done that, others might have said that she was arrogant. But if Muhou Empress Dowager did it, then it was right.

He Yuan looked at the confession that landed on the ground, and then at his mufei, whose expression had changed. He then knew that mufei had done something in the hougong that the Empress Dowager had found out. When he bent down to pick up the paper, and saw that Ping cairen and mufei had cooperated to kill Han liangdi to frame the Empress, his calm face became white. He turned to look at Shu gui taifei, “Mufei?”

Shu gui taifei didn’t dare to look at her son. She apprehensively declared to the two Empress Dowagers: “This throne should belong to my son. Why is it that you can live here?!”

“Stop her mouth!” Muhou Empress Dowager commanded darkly, “Shu gui taifei, aijia thinks that you should be more careful. The Emperor ascended the throne properly and rightly. When xiandi made his will, all the advisors had been present. Your misrepresentation of the facts won’t be tolerated!”

Mufei is ignorant, er chen begs both Empress Dowagers to spare her life!” He Yuan watched as his mufei was held down by two mamas, a handkerchief stuffed into her mouth. He gritted his teeth and knelt in front of He Heng, “Please, Emperor, punish lightly.”

Qu Qing Ju had been sitting by He Heng’s side. Looking at a once willful and brazen person kneeling in front of her, she felt a strange sense of pity.

When Shu gui taifei saw it, she couldn’t stop shaking her head. Tears of panic fell down as she couldn’t speak. No one would recognize that just a year ago, she had been the Shu guifei, the most favored of the hougong.

Ten years west, ten years east. But Shu gui taifei and He Yuan hadn’t thought that this day would happen.

Qu Qing Ju couldn’t help but look at the two Empress Dowagers and found that their expressions were frightfully calm, as though Shu gui taifei and He Yuan were putting on an unfunny play in front of them and they were criticizing from high up.

She couldn’t help but touch her belly. If she was Shu gui taifei, she wouldn’t want to see this either.

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46 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter One Hundred and Two “East and West””

  1. The torture is having to wait another 24 hours for a new chapter. The dominoes are falling.

  2. Ahhhh my guess is slightly correct!!!! HY is indeed related to this case, except he probably didn’t know that his mother is doing things behind his back, so sad!

  3. Those delusional people never learn… becoming vile and vile

    First was QYS’s sin then now these people (O.O) noble circle really is a dangerous place

  4. Thanks! Feng shi’s crimes are brought to light. Shu tai guifei was stupid to cooperate with Feng shi.

    Hrm, seems like HY has really matured. Adversity builds character…without his father’s over-indulgent love, perhaps he is finally learning on how to act like an adult. Too bad Shu tai guifei still behaves like a spoiled child.

  5. Either Shu guifei gets her head cut off or she’s demoted to commoner and exiled. Feng is dying, no way in hell is she getting away with murder.

  6. A felt a little bad for He Yuan but remembered how bad he is as a husband, then taken it back. FS is still felt indignant as if they were wronged so as well as shu tg. Harem brings the worst out of theae women.

    1. Hy there cathdeary. I just wanna ask you about your translations project? When it will be updated? Sorry my question out of topic. Hehehe

  7. Thanks for the update. Didn’t expect FZJ to join forces with Shu gui fei to murder and frame the Empress. FZJ didn’t even have any remorse. Instead blamed it on QQJ. Scary character. Thank goodness the truth was found before the baby is born. She might even end up poisoning the newborn. Yucks. Gives me the goosebumps.

  8. Wuaahh, that’s unexpected. Shu taifei really delusional, when she was a guifei she thinks no matter what happen as long as emperor favored her, her son will become the next emperor. And because of that she thought that the throne belongs to her son. Ckckckc

  9. WOW just wow…those 2 women…even at the end of their rope they still won’t back down x-x they are just begging for a “bad end” and damnnn Muhou empress is really awesome! I respect how she survive for so long even tho she never got any favor. Truly a remarkable person! Also HY sure has change a lot…I really hope he grew up a little and not seek his own doom like his mother…x-x hope HH and the 2 Muhou wont do anything too awful since QQJ is still preggo… But still make them suffer biggggggggg time!!! :U

    1. doesn’t mean such woman/man are not out there, lynching other people lives. its much more scary in this modern world because they could employ all kinds of tricks to cover their tracks.

  10. I still can’t understand Shu gui tai Fei and HY !!!! Mother and son trying their best to drag down QQJ. I can understand if they commit treason but why QQJ ??? Is there any profit for them from committing such fruitless crime ????

    1. Get rid of the heir….my guess is that HY’s mother was hoping to arrange things so the next emperor is one of HY’s children or someone who can be controlled by HY such as a child from Feng.

  11. lol, I just can’t stop laughing… trying to frame a favored Empress in her own hougong… this won’t end well for them ahahaha.

  12. Ping Cairen and Shu Gui Tai Fei are so gutsy. they don’t even care how their scheme will inflict damages onto their family

  13. Woohoo! my deduction is correct abt Feng and Shu GF being the culprit and the poisoning attemp get revealed. 😅😬

    Thanks for this chapter 🙂

  14. thanks a lot!
    feng zi jin—-! how dare she! death to her! like, seriously, she should just die! hmph, so cool to see the two empress dowagers working together! also, even shu guifei was involved? unbelievable!

  15. hi, thanks for all.

    I love it, and it is fun, I learned a lot of pinyin… 😀

    however, sometimes you spell the names differently… it’s difficult for me.
    for example
    here, Feng Zi Jin is spelled like that. but in end of same paragraph, and in early chapters, it was Feng Ji Zin.
    In another chapter I noticed it written Peng Zi Jin … I started to wonder if it was the same person..

    and I think it happend to one of He Heng’s main servant… I wondered who was this new guy (Chen Chang Jin, or something like that), then realized that we hadn’t heard of “Xian Chang Xin” wince a long time, so maybe it’s him.

    In conclusion ; the pinyin is ok.. but the occasional variation in names is hard for me

  16. Thank you for the chapter~! Wonder if QQJ gunna try ask for leniency for Shu guifei since she seemed to feel a bit sorry for her at the end of the chapter. Can’t wait for the next chapter! Why can’t it be tomorrow already?!

  17. How much an idiot could you be, when all the evidence are presented yet you still act arrogant against a dotted empress AND belittled the empress dowager. Lord….

    Idk, I’m kinda excited now that HY gets to see QQJ. I feel like he’s so infatuated with her, but just wont admit it. And he’s probably the only one HH give some kind of reaction everytime he’s in the proximity to QQJ

  18. Thank you for the latest update.

    FZJ is so daring to speak so rudely to both Dowager Empresses. She has no respect for no one and think she deserves better. Yes, FZJ will deserves better…in fact, cutting off your head will be just too good for you. Give her some tortures before cutting off her head. This two women SGF n FZJ must have came from a planet called “DELUSIONAL” to think what they thought and carrying out the crimes n getting away from it.

    I hope too that nothing bad will happen to QQJ’s unborn baby.

    I wonder how or what matter did FZJ perform to prevent QQJ from falling pregnant when where were still in the Wang Fu??

    1. Think the idea is that the original QQJ died from poison….eating incompatible foods sort of covered it up. So the poison in QQJ’s body took a while to clear.

  19. Thanks for translating!

    “The marriage had been decreed by Qing De Emperor and He Heng who decided to marry the bride, so why did it become all her fault in the end? If she had the ability, she should be trying to kill Qing De Emperor and He Heng, what was the point of poisoning the original Qu Qing Ju?” — lol I love QQJ so much.

    So is this why the original QQJ died because FZJ poisoned her? HH didn’t like the original QQJ, but there is no way he would slight the wife for the concubine, that would be dumb on his part. Seems like it was a pre-emptive strike. Since FZJ was the most favored therefore she had the most to lose.

    QYS and FZJ both want QQJ’s life, but the reason the emperor decreed the marriage is because of QQJ’s mother’s family, right? So even if QQJ had passed (either from QYS earlier scheme or FZJ’s poisoning) neither of them would’ve been his wife.

    1. Yup. He Heng would have taken another wife after a period of time. Feng Zi Jin was probably hoping to get pregnant by then.

      1. That makes sense since FZJ’s status wasn’t noble enough to be the wife if she had his child first then she would have even more of an advantage. Can’t wait to see what happens next. Again, thanks for the translations.

  20. Thank you for the update, reading this with a heavy heart, unable to accept then plotting to harm others. Looking at HY, his attitude seem different, how did he change so fast? Last time he is still playing with women, and drunk too. But if he did change, then good for him, maybe his mother can be save.

    1. If he did change, that means he had gone thru one hell of a lesson to be who he is now. I guess, he learnt well.

  21. I thought Han Qing He was raised to a level somewhere above Ping Cairen when they moved to the emperor’s palace and that is why Ping cairen had to walk behind Han in the garden and also do as she suggested. With more such humiliations to look forward to over their long years there. HQH became 5th grade liangdi (imperial consort middle rank) while ping cairen was 7th grade. Feng Zi Jin had a strong reason to want to be rid of HQH and of course if she can harm the Empress so much the better. It only feels so obvious that I wonder if there is a twist to this tale.

    1. Ahaha. Reading a little more I see twist–expected but not expected. I thought someone was involved but there but wondered at the stupidity. Now it is explained.

  22. I find it really funny that both FJZ and Shu taifei think that they’ve both been wronged lol!! I mean seriously, first and foremost, if we go according to birth and seniority the throne should have been He Qi’s but since he’s out of the picture the next in line is HH. Secondly FJZ is just a freaking concubine, if she wanted to be Wang fei she should have discussed that earlier with whosoever recommended her to HH’s mum. The fact she’s a shiqie already disqualifies her for that position she’s aiming for. She might have had the emperor’s favour before but there’s no how the emperor then wang ye would slight his wang fei for her!! Is just like how xiandi installed that lady as his empress, but favoured Shu taifei, nevertheless he dares not slight her at least not to her face. All of this is so freaking plain and clear!!!

    Additionally, after HH ascended the throne he has treated them all well. So what exactly is the problem?!

    1. Human mind always put themselves as the victim first. Without proper moral conduct and a healthy mind, we’ll turn rotten given the surrounding and circumstances too.

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