何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter One Hundred and Twenty “Feng Seeks Huang

This chapter has been brought to you by me, vivie, and leecherleechleech.

This is technically the last chapter, but there are three epilogues so  there is more to read.

Feng and huang are the male and female mytical birds that make up fenghuang so feng seeking huang is actually a man pursuing a woman.

Chapter One Hundred and Twenty Feng Seeks Huang

When the plum blossoms of Da Long were just blooming, snow the size of goose feathers began to land in the city of Jing. The entire Jing city was enveloped in a layer of silver silk. Qu Qing Ju, dressed in a fox skin coat, stood under the leaves and reached out to hold the icy snowflakes.

Watching the snow fall, she didn’t seem to be as excited as she once had been. It was like anything else beautiful. No matter how beautiful, it was just like normal once one got used to it. She took her hand back and focused on the snowflake on her hand. It did seem to have six petals and was extremely beautiful upon inspection.

She used a handkerchief to wipe away the snowflake on her hands and grasped a hand pot, “It’s Rui Wang’s wedding tomorrow. Nothing can go wrong with what is to be bestowed tomorrow.”

Niangniang don’t worry, nubi has already closely inspected them,” Mu Jing saw the Empress wasn’t trying to catch snowflakes anymore and put up an umbrella to block the flying snowflake for her. In a small voice, she suggested: “Niangniang, the wind is heavy here, let’s go back.”

Qu Qing Ju nodded. She pulled on the red fox skin cape on her body and slowly walked into the vermillion corridors. The palace boots made muffled sounds as they stepped on the stone slabs. She expressionlessly travelled through the long corridors, past a moon door, saw the taijian that was sweeping the snow, and having finally learned to disregard their distorted backs, and sat down on the comfortable and grand phoenix carriage.


The phoenix carriage swayed slightly and then started to slowly move. As they travelled through a patch of plum trees, she pushed aside the silk curtain and saw the a branch of red plum blossoms peeking out from the walls. She could barely detect the faint scent of the plum flowers. The phoenix carriage slowly proceeded. In her vision, that blooming red plum flower gradually distanced itself and then it couldn’t be seen.

She suddenly felt depressed, and put down the curtain. For some reason, she suddenly remembered the instant when she first opened her eyes in this world. A painting of red plum blossoms had been hanging on the wall. The writing of the woman at the corner of the art had been graceful and refined, just like the plum flowers in that yard. Not as grand as other flowers, but there was a delicate fragrance.

“Greetings to the Empress,” The speed of the phoenix carriage slowed. Qu Qing Ju heard a somewhat familiar voice. When she lifted the curtain, she saw a woman bent beside the phoenix carriage. After a second, she finally responded, giving a faint smile and acknowledging: “Luo guipin, please rise.”

“Many thanks to Empress,” Luo Yin Xiu straightened her body. She didn’t stare at Qu Qing Ju’s face, only submissively looking at the ground.

“It’s so cold out, why isn’t guipin travelling on a step-carriage?” Qu Qing Ju looked at the worn fur cape on her body. Her brow furrowed and then she ordered, “Huang Yang, go take a look in the Department of Household Affairs and see if they slighted guipin. If someone was reckless enough to shortchange their superiors, then it’s thirty blows.”

Luo Yin Xiu bowed again: “Thanks for Empress’ concern. Pinqie is fine.”

Qu Qing Ju understood the rules of the palace very well. Gaze at the higher ups and step on the low ones. Flattering those who were favored. In the time of xiandi, they even dared to short-change the Empress, more less Luo Yin Xiu who had no favor or power. Thinking about it, she said in a slightly heavy voice: “The carriage, furnishings and food that a third-rank guipin should have, ben gong believes the people of the Department of Household Affairs should understand. Huang Yang, go tell them. If they can’t figure out those things, they don’t need to stay in their duties.”

“Yes,” Huang Yang performed a bow and then another to Luo Yin Xiu before leaving.

“It’s late, I should return to the palace, guipin should return too,” Qu Qing Ju gazed at Luo Yin Xiu’s docile manner and put down the curtain, blocking off the gaze Lui Yin Xiu raised.

The phoenix carriage travelled away. The yahuan beside Luo Yin Xiu, Shu Wen, watched as the carriage became fuzzy in the snow and moved the umbrella over Luo Yin Xiu’s head, commenting in a small voice: “Zhuzi, Empress is still this warm to others.”

Luo Yin Xiu turned her head to look in the direction the phoenix carriage was travelling. Over there was the Tian Qi Palace of the Emperor and Empress. She gave a slightly indifferent smile and sighed, remarking: “If I want to easily live out the rest of my life, the only one I can rely on is the Empress.” So, she would deliberately wear old clothing to encounter the Empress at this place so the Empress could understand her circumstances.

The days of the hougong were difficult. It was lucky that she encountered an Empress that was relatively kind. If it was anyone even a bit more callous, she didn’t know what her days would be like.

The character for “happiness” was pasted all over Rui Jun Wang Fu. The guest streamed in. Even those Rui Jun Wang had fallen in power, but this marriage had been decreed by the Emperor. If they didn’t come to congratulate, wouldn’t it become embarrassing the Emperor?

But what they found unexpected was that Rui Jun Wang didn’t refuse any of the toast. After the wedding banquet, he was almost completely drunk. Thankfully, the guests remembered that Rui Jun Wang was the groom. Along with Cheng Wang’s protection, they didn’t dare to make it too extreme.

He Qi had never been at peace with He Yuan. He watched as He Yuan drank as though it was water, not wine and scoffed. If he didn’t know better, he would have thought his good didi was drinking away his sorrows. He glanced at lao si who was blocking wine for lao san and sighed. Who would have thought that lao si would have become the second proudest person among the four brothers?

Seeing the other people didn’t dare to force it too much, He Qi picked up the wine pot and held a wine cup as he walked in front of He Yuan who had drank enough that his cheeks were red. He asked sarcastically: “San di, we are brothers. Today is your good day. How about us brothers drink a few cups?”

He Yuan carelessly raised his wine cup, smiling and answering: “Da ge’s wine, didi has to drink.” Finishing, he took over the fine wine pot and wine cup. Pouring a full cup and swallowing it all, he swirled the empty cup and recited, “Lan Ling’s wine with tulips, the jade bowl becomes amber. It makes the owner and I drunk, and forget where is home. Today, there is wine and there is drunkenness, didi toasts gege.”

He Qi hadn’t expected that He Yuan was even more blunt than he was. Before he could react, the other had drained another cup. It instantly made him lose interested in forcing him to drink. If the person being force was even happier than the person doing the forcing, where was the meaning?

When others saw the scene, they all assumed that Ning Wang was purposefully forcing Rui Jun Wang. Thinking of the battles between the two brothers over the years, no one was stupid enough to involve themselves and silently drank.

When He Ming saw the scene from the side, for some reason a certain secret rumor came to mind. It said that san ge had some affections for the Empress. Realizing that he was thinking about something he shouldn’t be thinking, He Ming hurriedly shook his head. There hadn’t been any relationship between san ge and huang sao, so san ge wouldn’t have any affections for huang sao. It was just the two had almost been married so other people personally slandered them.

Seeing that san ge was totally drunk, He Ming could only support him back to the houyuan. The bride’s veil hadn’t been taken off, the cups of wine hadn’t been exchanged. If the groom was so drunk that he was unconscious, then it was too unsightly.

He Qi didn’t stop He Ming. In waning interest, he watched as He Ming supported the other away and turned to leave Rui Jun Wang Fu. Looking at the thick layer of snow on the streets outside, he exhaled and said to his attendant behind him: “So uninteresting, let’s return.”

He and lao san had fought for some many years but in the end, the throne hadn’t landed on either of their heads. Thinking about it this way, it was very ironic.

He Yuan supported himself using the door and staggered over to the wedding bed. Looking at the woman with a veil of dragon and phoenix entwined, he took over the stick and took off the veil. His eyes changed and he muttered: “Such beautiful brows.”

That year on the jade steps under the fireworks, that crimson-clad woman had been also so bright, brows like the sun, bright that one couldn’t resist looking just a few more times.

Taking out the wine cups, his drunken eyes were smiling. The arms of the two crossed and his voice was hoarse yet full of satisfied mirth: “Then let us be together for a hundred years and not separate even when our hair turns white.”

Lu Yu Rong looked at the handsome man smiling at her and her heart jumped. Her cheeks became flushed. She took the wine cup the other handed over and as he watched gently, she drained the wine cup.

He Yuan reached to push her into his arms, his smile touched yet tender: “So good, so good.”

Her hand trembled slightly but in the end she slowly embraced this man. The snowy night was long yet short, but for her, it was better than imagined.

The red candles of Rui Jun Wang Fu burned for the entire night, just like it was burning a beautiful dream, beautiful yet illusory.

In Tian Qi Palace, Qu Qing Ju was laying in He Heng’s arms when she suddenly woke up from her dreams. Outside the window, weak light lit up the window silk. Listening to the sound of snow outside, she felt incomparably tranquil, her bed incomparably warm.

“Go to sleep,” The voice of the man beside her was fuzzy as though he hadn’t woken from his dreams. But his arms familiarly pulled her back in, as though he had done it countless times, practiced and matter-of-fact.

Qu Qing Ju smiled, placing her head on the man’s chest and slowly closed her eyes.

The second year of Jia You, the Eldest Imperial Son was named by the Emperor as “Yao”[i]. “Shi Ming – Explaining Heaven”[ii] had “Bright, shining, light illuminating”. The “Shijing – Style of Kuai”[iii] also said “The sunrise is bright.”

Just this name, it was enough to show the expectations of the Emperor to His Highness the Eldest Imperial Son. In this world, was there anything more important than light?

And then the Empress moved out of the rear hall of Tian Qi Palace and moved to Kui Yuan Palace. Some became to speculate, was the Emperor finally going to move his eyes onto the other women in the hougong?

But who knew that the Emperor would eat and sleep in Kui Yuan Palace? No other woman in the hougong was favored. The love between Emperor and Empress became even deeper, almost becoming a legend of Da Long about the love between Emperor and Empress. But right now, the idea wasn’t still there. Who knew just how long this deep love of the Emperor would continue?

Right now, the two Empress Dowagers in the hougong didn’t express an opinion. Certain senior officials wanted to express their opinions but didn’t dare to provoke the Emperor’s anger. So the Emperor only favoring the Empress, no one wanted to say anything. Perhaps the people of the entire world wanted to see how long it would take for this good play of the love between Emperor and Empress to end.

No matter how beautiful a play was, it would always have an ending. They really didn’t believe that there was an Emperor that was faithful to his love in the world. The Emperor and Empress who had a love stronger than gold in the previous dynasty, didn’t their ending turn out terribly?

On the tallest stargazing tower in the palace, Qu Qing Ju looked at the clear blue sky and reached up to block the blinding sunlight. She suddenly asked: “Mu Jin, what do you think that cloud would change into?”

Mu Jin tilted her head up to look at the white cloud. Before she could respond, she saw the Emperor at the bottom stairs below the two. At a glance, she knew he was coming to find the Empress: “Niangniang, the Emperor has come.”

Qu Qing Ju lowered her head. Watching the man that was hurriedly climbing up the stargazing tower, a smile appeared on her face.

Mu Jin looked again at the beautiful pale cloud and thought carelessly, the clouds originally were things that changed constantly. Who knew what it would change into? But that bright sun. It would rise each day, and set down like normal.

He Heng came up the tower. Looking at the woman dressed in a crimson phoenix robe in the sunlight, he suddenly thought of a poem called “Feng Seeks Huang.”

“I saw a beautiful woman, after seeing her, it’s unforgettable. If I don’t see her each day, the thoughts become crazy. I’m like that feng bird flying high up in the sky, trying to find the huang bird in the world… …”

“I hope my conduct is matching to yours, so we can hold hands together. If the marriage is not allowed, it’s a death sentence for me… …”

The smile of a beauty is unforgettable in this lifetime, a downfall in this lifetime.


[i]耀: bright, glorious

[ii]释名 -释天: Shiming is an ancient Chinese Dictionary. Explaining Heaven is the very first chapter.

[iii]诗经桧风: Shijin is an ancient collection of poetry. Kuai style is one of the fifteen types of poetry describe in the Airs of the States.

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50 thoughts on “何为贤妻 To Be A Virtuous Wife Chapter One Hundred and Twenty “Feng Seeks Huang”

  1. What a beautiful ending. Sad to see it end so quickly. I really like the name and I feel like things are starting in a cycle. Perhaps because it ending with a new couple and started with a new couple. The future looks brighter for HY but I feel sorry for his wife.

  2. Thank you for the chapter!! I didn’t know that the last 3 chapters were epilogues! I was expecting this novel to come to an end but I just can’t accept it!! =( I’m going to miss it.

  3. thank you very much—!
    -sobs- it s is the end—-! but there are still epilogues, so my sadnes is somewhat mollified.
    ah, i see…so it is the wedding of rui wang, huh? i think the girl has good character, so she shouldn’t be they type that’ll anger rui wang…i hope she finds peace, at least. i’m very glad that he ming has risen in position, ok, to become the second most powerful of the brothers! it makes up for him being unfaoured by his father…
    yes—- qing ju and he heng will be happy together—! i won’t accept anything less! also, nice name—! so tun tun’s name is he yao? i hope he grows up well-loved but not spoiled! though i do belive qing ju wouldn’t let him be spoiled.

  4. Happy New Year. Thanks so much for this story.

    HH and QQJ’s love story is beautiful. I love that half asleep, he still tells her to sleep and cuddles her out of habit.

  5. Thank you for the update and happy new year!! It seems hy fell in love with his new wife.

    1. i don’t think he really fell in love with the wife….the metaphor used by the writer like ‘illusion’ and all state otherwise. In his drunken state, i think he thought of his wife as another woman that is high up in the palace.

  6. Thank you so much for translating this beautiful story…..Thank you too to leecherleechleech, vivie and all the other proofreaders for your time and effort.
    Looking forward to your other projects….

  7. Oh end ….. please translate another romance again …. thanks a million😊🙏

  8. Happy new year! Thank u for the trans! Aww 3 chaps left..

    Anyway just to clarify, tun tun’s name was he yao??
    Also i didnt get what the shiming shijin explanation was for??

    1. Well, names are important, especially with the Royal Family. “Yao” is a very “bright” character and He Heng is literally saying that He Yao is going to be Crown Prince, at the most basic level.

    2. Tun Tun was a nickname they couldn’t name him until they are sure he will live because babies died alot back then before they turn one. Tun Tun was the name they decided to call him but other than his parents and the dowager empresses nobody will ever refer to him as that

  9. oh HY.. It seems like he won’t ever forget the “crimson clad lady descending from the jade stairs” scene in this lifetime. *sigh* Beautiful ending for me. It might seems a one-sided love story on the Emperor’s side but who knows what future will bring. As long as QQJ cares so much about HH then i think it’s enough to carry on for the future. Thank you so much. Can’t wait for the epilogue. ^^

  10. although HY thought of QQJ, he didn’t treat LYR similar to QBL or QYS. guess it is good in a way
    loving how HH is so vocal with is love confession, “Feng seeks Huang”

    hooray for epilogues!!!

  11. Happy New Year n thx for the hard work!!!! 🤗😘
    Now it’s time to go n reread everything from beginning to end ☺️

  12. This seems pretty sad for a final chapter… the mood is so melancholy and… I don’t know, saturated with clues and outright proof of human inconstancy. Almost portentous.
    “It was like anything else beautiful. No matter how beautiful, it was just like normal once one got used to it.”
    Doesn’t QQJ seem… almost unhappy? What with watching the short-lived snowflakes without excitement, and watching the ever-transforming clouds wondering what they would change into. In the end, she seems such a sad person; I know that she’s always had this philosophy of enjoying the moment, living for the present and all that… but isn’t it a fallacy? How can she truly feel content with her life in the present when she deeply distrusts her future? When she distrusts her husband, when she, basically, always expects the worst of people? Can she be happy when she tries to always skate untouched on the very surface of human emotion–without getting to deep because it might harm her in the future, and that absolutely won’t do. And He Heng… She’s always waiting for him to stop loving her. I wonder, would she feel vindicated when/if he does stop loving her? Will she be happy that she never let herself truly give her heart in the years that they got to have together?
    And meanwhile, because He Heng knows her true feelings (or lack of them) towards him, he can’t be completely happy either. Because the woman he loves, the woman he has only ever been good towards, won’t trust him. I’m not a psychology expert, but I’m pretty sure, in real life, a man in those circumstances would build up a lot of frustration and resentment in time. He’d have a valid reason, at some point, to end his deep emotional involvement who won’t return the same depth of commitment. But I don’t know. Some people, you have to tease with the unattainable in order to motivate them, to make them strive harder. The danger is that they might get discouraged when there’s little reward for their best efforts. Other people, if you give them your unreserved trust and support, they fight harder, work harder to prove themselves deserving of your trust. Your confidence in them and your high expectations can act as a catalyst for them to become the best version of themselves they can be. The danger is that they might disappoint your hopes at some point.
    I don’t know, maybe I’m thinking to much… and it’s not like I have any solutions. I admire QQJ’s strength of character. I understand her ruthlessness (as she herself called it) towards He Heng. After all, how can a woman easily trust an Emperor who can have any woman?
    Nevertheless, QQJ and HH both made me feel melancholy in this chapter. I hope QQJ learns to trust and He Heng proves worthy of her trust sometime in the long years ahed of them… so that they can finally be happy as they aren’t now.

    1. That’s exactly how I’m feeling after this chapter. I felt almost depressed, and not just because the story is coming to an end. Even though you got a sense of QQJ’s contentment, something seems missing. Hopefully the epilogues will clear things up for me.

      Thanks for the chapter.

    2. I actually thought the chapter was more “happy” in mood. We got a wedding, the two of them snuggling and then flirting through poems… … Some of your questions will get answered in the epilogues. 🙂

  13. It’s finally come to an end. Thank you translator San. I look forward to reading any other projects u may take up.

  14. Hands down one of my favorite stories. It’s nice to see a practical and realistic outlook on love and human nature. Thank you for translating this.

  15. Thanks for the hard work! It was a beautiful ending after a wonderful journey.
    Let me thank you again for taking us along through this great story!

  16. Thank you for the update, it’s a good ending. Looking forward to the special chapters. 🙂

  17. Thanks, this was a very realistic portrayal of how life must have been and what all was done to survive
    Loved the story, even though it wasn’t a ” happy ending” so to say

  18. HY has been given a second chance, hopefully he doesn’t mess it up. I have a feeling that even if he had married QQJ knowing his personality he probably wouldn’t have treated her so well.

    It would be nice if QQJ let herself enjoy what she has at the moment.

  19. Thank you thank you thank you!! I have read this for the 4th time and it’s never been enough! Thank you again 🙏🏼

  20. Wooowww such a good novel . kind of sad it’s ended 😅 but there is still the epilogues 😍

    Thanks so much for the hard work

  21. That was good but I feel so empty now! (Guess I have to pick up one of your other novels!)
    Gonna believe our boy was faithful to the last! And that wedding night scene killed me. My poor kokoro. He Yuan totes gonna fall for his new wife (probs through similarities to QQJ at first), isn’t he? Kinda hoping one of the extras also touches on their later relationship and their kid(s), crycry. Thanks for translating!!

  22. Thank you very much! I spent almost half a year reading this novel. I savoured every chapter and the lovely ending was very satisfying. 🙂

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