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Chapter Thirty-Four: The Fang Family
Speaking of this Imperial Brother-in-Law, he really could not be considered a capable person in Jing. However, he was proud based on the fact that his elder sister was the Empress and his nephew was the Crown Prince. However, while he was a proud person, when he heard that his horse had disturbed Xian Junwang Fei’s carriage and heard that Xian Junwang Fei was wounded, he knew he had caused trouble.
What to do when he was in trouble? Naturally it was to have his old mother send in a card to the palace to meet the Empress. She had to think of a way to smooth this affair over. Otherwise, when the matter became known, it would not be so easy to deal with.
When the Empress heard that her paternal family was requesting to meet her, she felt slightly strange. They had just met two days ago—why were they sending in a card to see her now? She was curious and invited the people from her paternal family in.
The Empress’ paternal family was the Fang Family. It was not a very prestigious family in Jing, but it gradually stood out after she entered the Eastern Palace as the Crown Princess. However, in front of the old families, they still lacked the foundations.
After meeting with the people of her paternal family, the Empress detected that her mother and her sister-in-law’s expressions were slightly uncomfortable, as though they had something that was hard to say. She knew that it was definitely her younger brother who had made trouble. She took a sip of tea and said, “Has something happened in the family?”
Fang Taitai looked at her grandly dressed daughter and managed to narrate what had happened on the street. She also emphasized that Xian Junwang Fei had been wounded on the forehead.
When the Empress thought about Xian Junwang Fei’s beautiful face and how much Xian Junwang favored her, she felt troubled. “Why was Younger Brother letting the horse free in the city? The old ancestors had given the order long ago that horses could not be let free inside the city. Why did you allow him to do such a bad thing?” She looked in blame at her dimei, Lin shi, and her words seemed to criticize Lin shi for not controlling her younger brother well.
Lin shi felt uncomfortable at being stared at by the Empress. However, the other had a noble status and she could not do any disrespectful actions. Husband didn’t even listen to her mother-in-law, how could he listen to her urgings? Even if the Empress blamed her, she could not do a thing.
“Now that the matter is like this, Empress niangniang, please think of a way to help your younger brother.” Fang Taitai wiped her tears and said, “I only have you two children. Right now, your brother is the one holding up the fu. If something happens to him, what will our Fang Family do? Your two nephews are still young.”
The Empress sighed helplessly. The matter was not that Xian Junwang Fei’s forehead had been wounded but that her younger brother had let a horse go free in Jing and injured a member of the Imperial Family. This matter was not a major matter, but it was not a minor one. Xian Junwang Fu had great prestige in recent years, and Yi’an Marquis Fu was a prestigious family that had been passed on for several generations. If this matter was investigated to the bottom, the Fang Family would not come out well.
“Right now, what is most important is how Xian Junwang Fei’s injuries are. If they are minor, it will be all right; if they are serious…” The Empress waved her hand and said tiredly, “Go back and prepare gifts to send to the Xian Junwang Fu. As to what will come next, it will depend on the attitudes of the Emperor and Xian Junwang.”
Fang Taitai saw her daughter’s tone had softened and knew that she would help. She said with a smile, “You are the Empress. Xian Junwang Fu would not make this matter a public one based on your face.”
That is because you have not seen how Xian Junwang treasures his junwang fei. The Empress wanted to say this, but when she looked at her smiling mother, she was so tired that she did not want to say a word. In the end, she waved her hand and said, “Then you prepare to return. I am tired.” In her childhood, her father favored the concubines. In order to protect her and her younger brother, her mother had spent great effort. Right now, while she still remembered the feelings of the past, these feelings were slowly worn away by this paternal family that did not bring pride.
“Niangniang.” The palace maid saw her expression was tired and presented a cup of ginseng tea. Someone else came up to gently massage her temples.
“Have people prepare things that replenish energies and blood and have Zhao Dong personally got to Xian Junwang Fu.” Zhao Dong was the chief taijian steward of her palace. For him to go in person to give the gifts would show her attitude.
The palace servants heard this, they went down to prepare according to the Empress’ orders. However, when they thought of Xian Junwang Fei’s beautiful face, they felt it would be such a pity if her face was really disfigured.
At this time, Xian Junwang Fu was in a furor. It was a major matter when the mistress of the household was injured on the head. So there were people who started to boil water, make medicine and go tell Junwang Ye. Fortunately, as the etiquette of Xian Junwang Fu was pretty good, the servants were busy but they were not panicked.
When Yan Jin Qiu hurried in from the outside, two Grand Doctors were already in the fu. When he walked into the inner compound, he saw the Grand Doctor was taking Hua Xi Wan’s pulse. The blood at her temple had been wiped clean, but a large area of her forehead was swollen and horrifying to see.
Yan Jin Qiu’s brow creased. He walked next to Hua Xi Wan, put an arm on her shoulder and asked, “Does the wound still hurt?”
Hua Xi Wan smiled and said, “It’s all right. The Grand Doctor has already put medicine on it, it just looks scary.”
Hearing this, Yan Jin Qiu could not say anything else. But his face as he stared at the shockingly swollen skin became dark. In the end, he said coldly to the people who served Hua Xi Wan, “What were you doing that your mistress is so heavily injured?”
The servants instantly knelt down in the room. They were frightened by Junwang Ye’s words so much they did not dare to breathe.
“You cannot blame them. The horse was suddenly startled, so the carriage was not steady.” Hua Xi Wan reached a hand to pull Yan Jin Qiu’s sleeve. “Do not be angry—if you are angry, my head will hurt along with it.”
Yan Jin Qiu wanted to laugh at her words but felt helpless. Seeing such a swollen part on her forehead, his heart softened. “All right, since Junwang Fei cares for you, you can stand up.”
“Thanking Junwang Ye, thanking Junwang Fei.” The servants sighed in relief and stood up from the ground. Their movements became even more careful. They wanted the Grand Doctors to give miraculous medicine so that Junwang Fei could instantly heal.
After the Grand Doctor finished taking the pulse, he stood and bowed towards Yan Jin Qiu. “Junwang Ye, Junwang Fei’s wounds are not light. She will need to eat less of spicy food in the next while, and need to notice if she has any drowsiness or nausea. This lowly official has prescribed a medicine to calm the mind and replenish blood. Please have the servants of the fu prepare the medicine according to this prescription and use three bowls of water to boil one bowl. After drinking this, if there are no symptoms, then drink two more bowls.”
“Thank you for your trouble.” Yan Jin Qiu handed the paper to Mu Tong behind him and then inquired, “If she is drowsy or throws up, what serious effects are there?”
“The head of a person is the most complex part. This lowly official does not dare to speak rashly, but based on Junwang Fei’s complexion seen here, there should not be any serious consequences. But it is best to have bed rest for a few days, and avoid any movement.” The Grand Doctor saw Xian Junwang was extremely interested in Junwang Fei’s wounds, so he spoke of some more things to pay attention to before he left the Junwang Fu with his Grand Hospital’s apprentice.
After the Grand Doctor left, Yan Jin Qiu had a servant get water to wash Hua Xi Wan’s hands and feet. Then he got the person to lie down on the bed. Looking at her slightly pale face, he said, “I heard about the course of events from the servants. Rest your mind and recover, I will be there for anything outside.”
Did his words mean he was planning on settling debts with the Empress’ younger brother?
Seeing that his expression did not seem like he was only saying this, Hua Xi Wan leaned back against the bed. “These are just surface wounds. The Grand Doctor said this wound will not leave a scar. It is just a pity that the traders on the two sides of the street had a lot of their merchandise ruined. I wonder if the people from the Guard Office have made reparations.”
“They will definitely take care of this matter.” Yan Jin Qiu did not tell Hua Xi Wan that he even knew she had a servant give the young official of the Guard Office a pouch for him to give to a wounded child. He helped her adjust the blanket and said in a gentle voice, “Rest now. I will have the kitchen prepare food to help you replenish blood and focus your mind.”
Hua Xi Wan smiled and then truly closed her eyes to sleep. Staying at the minister’s fu and talking for so long with the womenfolk had been really tiring.
After Hua Xi Wan fell into a deep sleep, Yan Jin Qiu ordered Bai Xia and the others to take good care of her before he stood and walked out of the room. Just as he got out, he heard Mu Tong report that Imperial Brother-in-Law Fang had come with gifts to ask for forgiveness.
Yan Jin Qiu smiled coldly. He did not say anything, but viciousness rose inside. A moment later, he said, “Lead the way.”
Mu Tong’s heart shook. He ushered Yan Jin Qiu to the main hall and then stood in the corner.
When Fang Cheng De saw Yan Jin Qiu appear, he stood up from the chair and raised his folded hands in a greeting to Yan Jin Qiu with a chuckle. “Xian Junwang, this one accidentally disturbed Junwang Fei’s carriage today, and has come to ask for forgiveness from you and Junwang Fei.”
“Imperial Brother-in-Law is too polite.” Yan Jin Qiu raised a teacup and slowly took a sip. He blew the steam rising from the surface and then glanced at Fang Cheng De. “It is that wife is unlucky and chose the street that Imperial Brother-in-Law’s horse raced along.”
Hearing that the words were not correct in tone, the smile on Fang Cheng De’s face froze. He was slightly angered inside, but since Yan Jin Qiu’s gaze did not contain any mirth, for some reason, his heart felt timid. He did not dare to show his anger. “This matter is truly an accident. How are Junwang Fei’s wounds?”
“Even though half a bowl of blood was spilled, she managed to keep her life.” Yan Jin Qiu put the teacup on the table and said to Fang Cheng De with cold eyes, “This one is worried for Wife and will leave first. Imperial Brother-in-Law, stay at your leisure.”
Seeing Yan Jin Qiu not giving him face, Fang Cheng De’s expression changed again and again. In the end, he did not vent his temper in the junwang fu. When he was “ushered” out of the junwang fu by the servants of the fu, he was so angry he kicked the stone lion at the gate. Seeing the guards at the gate of Xian Junwang Fu look at him, he immediately said in anger, “What are you looking at, you dog!”
After cursing, Fang Cheng De felt much better. He turned and got onto the carriage, deciding that he would never come to this stupid place again.
The guards at the gate of Xian Junwang Fu looked coldly at Fang Cheng De acting like that and stood up straight, completely unaffected by his previous actions.
Mu Tong spat from where he stood at the gates. He said to the gatekeeper, “Watch the gate carefully, don’t let animals sneak in. If it alarms Junwang Ye and Junwang Fei, be careful of a beating.”
This was just the younger brother of the Empress, and he really thought he was someone. This was very humorous.
Translator Ramblings: The empress is to be pitied to have such a family … …
44 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Thirty Four “The Fang Family””
Ahhh the Empress is surrounded with headache inducing people, how pitiable. And Xi Wan’s injurry is quite big. After tiring herself with aunts that are not fun to be with, now this. Tsk tsk.
Trouble brewing in the capital!
Thank you for the new chapter 🙂
I’d laugh if Xi Wan and the Empress end up becoming tight friends simply because Xi Wan is the least insane of the lot XD
That is because you have not seen how Xian Junwang treasures his junwang fei.
Good thing the Empress has enough sense to realize that even with her position, she still has to be cautious with him. Especially with how low the citizens are viewing the Emperor and the Prince.
I heard about the course of events from the servants. Rest your mind and recover, I will be there for anything outside.” Did his words mean he was planning on settling debts with the Empress’ younger brother?
“It is that wife is unlucky and chose the street that Imperial Brother-in-Law’s horse raced along.”
Such a slap down. One delivered by someone who knows he can make this dude’s life miserable if he so wished for it. As much as the Fang Family has risen in reputation, they’re still nothing compared to the Junwang Fu. This brother of the empress won’t last long if he just simply rides on his sister’s position.
Thank you for this chapter! This made my day 😀
I feel so bad for the empress. She has to go out of her way with her limited power to try to smoothe the way for a man so stupid he opens his apology with laughter. “tee hee I broke the law for something stupid, causing your wife to be hurt and possibly scarred for life, but it’s no big, right? While I’m here, should I slap your face directly? “
Maybe that’s why the crown prince attitude is not reliable, with how ‘clever’ the emperor and the empress iw
Is Yan Jin Qiu angry for Hua Xi Wan sake or something else? And here I was feeling pity for the younger brother for incurring Yan Jin Qiu wrath, but after seeing how he acts, the pity completely disappeared. Now I look forward to how Yan Jin Qiu would deal with that idiot (Empress younger brother). Thanks for the chapter.
Partially, I think. His partner in crime, er, life is hurt and that’s enough, but you could also see it as someone slashing his Mona Lisa’s cheek. A work of art defaced and that masterpiece was in *his * household.
Thank you for the chapter.
Save me from my friends indeed. The empress is too pitiful to have family like hers and also that crown Prince. This novel really surprised me this chap. Did not expect to see empress background this fast and this clearly with just a chapter.
Wow, the empress’s brother is such a loser, ugh. He’s treating the incident as if it was no big deal, you could’ve seriously hurt Xi Wan!!! Of course YJQ won’t forgive you! Altho I’m kind of scared to see how he’ll make this guy and/or his family pay, yikes……the empress won’t be happy I’m guessing…
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pitiful emperor with his poor family, pitiful empress with her paternal families, pitiful crown princess with her in-law families. Good for HXW for another reason for slacking off again after years of her slaking off got paused by thing called marriage…
What pains me most is that i have to wait to see the what bad luck the heaven bestowed to the fang family.
He’s not even welcomed in the fu…. He does not need to come back.. *smirks*
Just wait for YJQ to deal with you. xP
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I have been waiting for this chapter, thank you so much. Actually I have just started to read this story last week and immediatelly finised the translated chp. till now again thank you so much for your hard work. recent chapters are too exciting to read, characters are too complicated, I still could not figure our what is their real feelings; does Yan Jin Qiu really loves Hua Xi Wan? or loves reasonably since she is his wife and beautiful and has a good maternal family? Will he ever fall in love? I don not ask those question for Ha xi wan because It is so obvious that she do not love her hubby, maybe just likes him.
It’s not so obvious but the subtleties will tell you as the story progresses 😀
Thank you <3
It’s doubtful YJQ has fallen for HXW as of yet. At this point in time they’re working to maintain a harmonious relationship. I predict that it’ll take quite a while before they fall for each other, if they ever do. In ancient times, love wasn’t seen as necessary. In fact, in a culture where men had many wives, being in love could be seen as a liability. I’m actually interested to see if the two of them actually do fall in love, or just stay as a good couple who understands and works with each other.
As for why YJQ got so angry, it’s under the principle of ‘anyone who harma one of my people must pay’. HXW might not hold his heart, but she is his wife so he will defend and protect her.
Thank you so much <3 , Yes it makes sence, But I wonder If YJQ ever faal in love with her how much passionate he would be, as of till now he kind of seems cool, not showing too much epotional expression, I dpubt he would display his feelings ih he ever like or dislike something, so eventhoug as story continue he would devolep love for HXW I doubt he would demonstrate it, Bubt ı would love to see it 😀
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Oh boy, this imperial brother-in-law is in so much trouble~
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>Why did you allow him to do such a bad thing?
The empress’ mum skipped over this one. Good question dodging skills. What would’ve caused the empress’ brother to ignore a very important old rule? Like what those Chinese novels always say, is he trying to court death?
Poor empress, wonder if she has a hard time maintaining her position in the harem…she doesn’t seem to have any family to back her up…even though she has a son and he’s the crown prince, he’s average in talent and temperament…and sickly (besides, the male lead might want to become emperor or something, right? hehe)
He’s the only son which makes things a lot easier to be her. It’s not like the emperor has another choice.
I know, but I doubt he’ll actually become emperor
Empress, how did you end up with this fool of a brother and fool of a son… I’m in Junwang’s camp but I still feel sorry for you.
I pity the Empress for having a pig brother
Indeed poor Empress, already struggling alone in the back palace and now topping along with her family…so full of themselves
Thanks for this chapter 🙂
Too bad for the Empress, but I don’t feel sorry for her family. It’s time to deflate that bubble of theirs.
Tsk. He is riding on the coattails of his sister and is running around like he has power
Haih… Pity the empress.
I think I saw this saying somewhere;
“If you can’t bring any benefits, then don’t bring any troubles.”
”Translator Ramblings: The empress is to be pitied to have such a family … …”
Ahahahah are you serious???
The Empress is NOT a good woman.
I’m not surprised that her family is not better than her. LOL
What pity her? I want her to suffer.
Thank you for the chapter.
When I read this lines..
Yan Jin Qiu handed the paper to Mu Tong behind him and then inquired, “If she is drowsy or throws up, what serious effects are there?”
All in my mind was.. ” here it goes.. here it goes..” 😏 heheh..
“the doctor said to call him if she’s drowsy… Could this be a symptom?”
“No, I think this is how she normally is.”
“The doctor said to call him if she’s nautious… Could this be a symptom? ”
YJQ:” No… I think that’s my fault. “
I feel bad for Empress, she has lost all favour from the Emperor. With her brother as liability she could be sent to the cold palace any moment now. Oh no.
I’m glad I don’t have a brother like that ha. Thank you <3
I disagree that YQS doesn’t love this wifey of his… In the beginning he’s faking it to make it, afterall, what does he know about her to love her…how can you love someone you don’t know… but she does please him so acting becomes easier and I’d say by now, he’s already in love with her and wont easily let her go.
Plus, I think men fall in love differently than women. She is his, so he can slowly rest his heart with her. A woman has to feel secure before she can fall in love fully and a in that era, the fact that a man can do whatever he wants and bring in as many other women into the house… probably delayed the falling in love… not to mention this guy comes with the imperial family which is just a nightmare to belong to.
I wouldn’t call it love just yet, it’s more like a slight respect and mild infatuation along with a “Let’s just be harmonious, it’s useless to fight each other” type of attitude.
I always laugh when people say they fell in love at first sight – How can it be love when you don’t know them from a bar of soap? It’s just infatuation based off their appearance.
The first thing I think of when I hear ‘Love at first sight’ is ‘shallow person’.
I instantly understood where did the stupidity of that dog crown prince inherited from 😑
empress’s party is full of pig teammates, pig teammate of a son, brother and son biased paternal side, yeesh
What a family, poor empress
No wonder her son turned out to be a wastrel… It runs in the family!