八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Seventy One “Assassin?”

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Chapter Seventy-One: Assassin?

After returning to the wang fu, Hua Xi Wan had a comfortable hot water bath before burrowing into her warm blankets. The wang fu’s servants put away every object that was bright, and put out somber-colored objects before the night was over

When Hua Xi Wan woke up in Yan Jin Qiu’s arms in the morning, the entire wang fu had changed. It was like a beautiful woman who took off her makeup. She was still beautiful but not as stunning as she usually was.

Yan Jin Qiu watched as Hua Xi Wan put on a snowy white robe with blue adornments. She even changed her usually preferred coral and precious stone jewelry to jade and pearls. He said, “This month will inconvenience you.”

The time when the Crown Prince died was not a good one. This was the interchange between the old and the new year, and winter thunder had sounded without any cause. When the news reached the common people, it would cause panic among them.

In the hearts of the people, this Crown Prince was probably a calamity. Even in death, he could not pick a good day, and had to bring misfortune to such a joyous day. Wasn’t this purposefully causing everyone to not have a good year?

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Xian Wang Fu was peaceful, but that did not mean that it was so smooth in the other fu. For example, Ning Wang, Baron Jing Ping, Min Huai Junzhu and the others had a sleepless night after they returned home. Today, they had to go into the palace to mourn for the Crown Prince. It was a double test of their endurance and mind.

There were officials who put forth the suggestion that because the Crown Prince was of a younger generation, his uncles should not have to mourn for him. The result was that the Emperor had him beaten to death in a fury and said to the court, “The Crown Prince may have been younger, but he was the heir to the throne. He is not the same as other imperial sons. Other than the Empress Dowager and his birth mother, everyone has to mourn for him.”

Maybe it was because he had killed one of the officials, and the Emperor only had this one son no matter how terrible he was—they would do as the Emperor said. In any case, the one who would lose good fortune would be the Crown Prince, not them.

The officials and noble ladies in Jing who were of second rank and above went into the imperial palace to mourn for the Crown Prince. Requiems for the Crown Prince came to Jing on express horses from all parts of the country. Just as everyone thought the Emperor would finally settle down, Qilong Emperor threw out another bomb.

The Emperor wanted to elevate the Crown Prince to Pingxiao Emperor. This caused a ruckus in court. In history, they had seen emperors title their fathers as emperor, but where was the rationale in having a son elevated to being an emperor while his father was still alive?

This was connected to the traditions of the entire dynasty, and the whole court opposed this. Many officials knelt down at the doors to the palace and would not rise in a request for the Emperor to take back his order. Qilong Emperor refused to do so, and thus he entered a faceoff with these court officials.

The paternal family of the Empress, the Fang Clan, and the people who were formerly in the Crown Prince’s camp ran around trying to gather support. If the Crown Prince was titled as emperor, then if the child inside the Crown Princess was male, the Crown Prince would not be heirless.

This was also Qilong Emperor’s intention. He did not want the throne to land in the hands of other people after he died, so what he had to do now was construct a path for the child inside the Crown Princess’ belly.

The neutral factions and the factions supporting the Crown Prince continued mourning for six days for the Crown Prince, and Qilong Emperor started a long fight against the opposing faction. Hua Xi Wan heard how a senior official who had seen two generations of emperors committed suicide against the Eastern Gates. The blood had splattered over the ground and the scene had been extremely bloody.

Returning to the wang fu, she asked hesitantly, “This senior official who committed suicide is not afraid that the Emperor will extract vengeance against his family and descendants?”

“He does not have any children, and he was occupied with writing books in the recent years,” Yan Jin Qiu said dryly. “I heard that this official had once praised in public Sheng Junwang’s conduct.”

Hua Xi Wan rubbed her chin and asked curiously, “You mean that it was Sheng Junwang who instigated this?”

Yan Jin Qiu bent down to press foreheads with her. “What do you think?”

Pushing with her index finger to move his forehead away, Hua Xi Wan rubbed her neck. She had not rested well after going into Zhu Que Palace to mourn. “It’s fine if you don’t say. I’m too lazy to think.”

“So lazy, what will you do in the future?” Yan Jin Qiu smiled helplessly and sat down next to her. “In these one hundred days, I cannot invite performance troupes or storytellers. I have already had the servants go search for some interesting books to help you while away the time. Just endure these next days.”

“This is an accident that cannot be resisted; it is not your fault. I do not feel slighted.” Hua Xi Wan drank a sip of the tea. “Now that the outside is like this, and the people in Jing are anxious, it is good to be relatively low-key.”

Ever since the Crown Prince had gotten into trouble, Princess Rui He who usually looked at people with her chin high had become low-key, much less the members of the Imperial Family like them who seemed to be noble but whom the Emperor was guarding against. She would be satisfied if her paternal family was not pulled into this matter.

“Do not worry, this matter will pass.” Yan Jin Qiu knew what she was worried about and comforted, “Father-in-law is a smart person and will not meddle in this matter. Also, the Hua Clan is a prestigious family that has endured for hundreds of years; people will not easily go to offend them. Do not worry too much.”

Hua Xi Wan forced a smile. “I know that what you say is reasonable, but that is the family that raised me for more than a decade. I do not want my paternal family to become more noble; I just want my relatives to be safe.”

Yan Jin Qiu lightly gathered her into his embrace. “I know.”

The two people’s words both contained other meanings. Fortunately, the two had reached an implicit agreement and eased each other’s fundamental worries.

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Because of the chaos at court, even if Yan Jin Qiu was a wang ye who was idle, he also became busy. Hua Xi Wan decided to close the gates of the wang fu and refuse all visits. Hearing that the Hua Family had not participated in the matter, she sighed in relief.

Their Hua Family was a normal prestigious family. They had a bit of a good reputation, but they never pursued obtaining a shining reputation that would endure for hundreds of years. As for persuading the Emperor through suicide—the Hua Family would never do such a thing. They would choose a more reliable path and pursue the safest outcome.

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The sky which had been cloudy with snow finally cleared after a few days. Hua Xi Wan lay on the chaise and saw the bright sun, so she finally decided to take a walk outside.

The winter sun fell glitteringly over her body. Even though it was not especially warm, it was slightly warm. After Hua Xi Wan made a round inside the inner compound, and was preparing to return to her rooms, she heard a ruckus sound in the direction of the study. Her brow creased. “What is happening in the study?”

If Yan Jin Qiu was in the fu, she would not bother with attending to this matter. But now, there were sounds in the study, and as the wang fei, she had to take charge.

Wang Fei.” The guard at the study saw Hua Xi Wan come with servants and had a conflicted expression. But with such loud noise, he could not conceal it even if he wanted to.

“What is going on inside?” Hua Xi Wan stood next to the door and saw several brawny guards surrounding two people. Her brow arched and she said, “Move aside.”

The guard did not dare to stop her and silently moved a step back. Hua Xi Wan walked into the yard. When she saw the scene inside clearly, her brow furrowed further. The person surrounded by the guards was a nondescript male who was dressed in the clothing of the manservants of the fu. The color of the clothes was stained brown, and he seemed very disheveled. He had a knife in his hand and was holding it against the neck of another person.

Hua Xi Wan recognized the person being held as hostage. He was a taijian of Yan Jin Qiu. However, because there was Mu Tong around, this taijian was not one whom Yan Jin Qiu used frequently.

Wang Fei, this person is a spy who was captured in the fu a few days ago. He actually managed to escape today.” The guard walked next to Hua Xi Wan and said, “What do you think…”

Hua Xi Wan did not ask where this person had been held before. She carefully examined the spy and the hostage surrounded by the guards, silence all around.

Wang Fei, this one is innocent. Wang Ye has set up a secret jail and has tortured this one many times. There are also other people being held under the study. It is hell. Please have mercy and release the innocent people.” The spy saw that he could not escape and decided to go all in when he saw the wang fei who was beloved by the wang ye appear. He tried to cause a split between the couple. “The person who lies beside you is not a gentleman—he is a bloodthirsty demon. Do not be fooled by him!”

Hua Xi Wan tilted her head and said to the guard, “Close the gates.” After the gates to the yard were closed, she turned back to look at her servant girls who had followed her in. She lowered her face slightly. “Other than my personal servant girls, imprison everyone else. This will be resolved when Wang Ye returns.”

No matter how truthful the spy’s words were, what he had said could not spread. Otherwise, all of Xian Wang Fu would be over. Therefore, she had to make such a choice.

Hearing this, the guard sighed in relief. What he had been most afraid of was that the wang fei would believe the spy’s words and not care about any other matter. Then it would really be troublesome for Xian Wang Fu.

“What, you do not believe me?” The spy had a crazed expression. He looked at the people around him. “How about I tell this beautiful wang fei what that gentlemanly wang ye does?”

“Why should ben wang fei listen to your waste of words?” Hua Xi Wan smiled coldly, “What I want to know is the relationship between you and this taijian you are holding hostage. Otherwise, how could you coincidentally escape and then take him as hostage?”

Hua Xi Wan’s eyes swept harshly across the taijian who was trembling and snorted. “You act very afraid, but you have been cooperating with the spy all this time. After being held by him for so long, there isn’t any mark on your neck. Are all kidnappers and hostages such good friends?”

After she said this, Hua Xi Wan turned to the guard and said, “You shall take care of this matter. Keep your mouth shut.”

Bai Xia and Hong Ying went forward to open the gates to the yard and then followed in exiting after Hua Xi Wan. The other junior servants girls were also locked up inside.

After walking a few paces, Hua Xi Wan heard screams coming from inside the yard. Hua Xi Wan increased her speed to return to her yard. Then she smashed a few objects on her shelves, flipped the table, and messed up the decorations in the room. Then she steeled herself and cut a relatively deep wound on her hand. She said word by word, “Bai Xia, there is an assassin.”

Many people had heard the ruckus just now. The situation in Jing was so tense and many people were watching Xian Wang Fu. Since it had occurred, it would be better to add to the chaos.

“Someone come, catch the assassin! Wang Fei is wounded!” Bai Xia prepared herself and cut a wound on her leg. Blood immediately started to flow and then she splattered the blood on her own body and on Hong Ying. “Catch the assassin!”

Hong Ying hit her head on the corner of the table and then messed up her hair and clothing. She covered Hua Xi Wan who was sitting on the ground with her body and screamed in a high tone, “Assassin!”

 

Translator Ramblings: Hua Xi Wan Acting Company is on stage once again.

You guys are so good at catching all the subtle hints now.

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61 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Seventy One “Assassin?”

  1. *In the hearts of the people, this Crown Prince was probably a calamity. Even in death, he could not pick a good day, and had to bring misfortune to such a joyous day. Wasn’t this purposefully causing everyone to not have a good year?*

    Even in death…tsk tsk.

    *The Emperor wanted to elevate the Crown Prince to Pingxiao Emperor.*

    This man is becoming senile in his old age.

    *The two people’s words both contained other meanings. Fortunately, the two had reached an implicit agreement and eased each other’s fundamental worries.*

    This time, unlike earlier, they come to a more solid understanding of where they stand. I like the difference in this scene compared to how they were when they were newlyweds.

    *“Other than my personal servant girls, imprison everyone else. This will be resolved when Wang Ye returns.”*

    Bravo, fast thinking on her part.

    *“What I want to know is the relationship between you and this taijian you are holding hostage. Otherwise, how could you coincidentally escape and then take him as hostage?”*

    Brings home the fact that, unlike us, people outside the fu have no idea how perfect HXW is as the fei fn this household. Pretty decorative flower she is not.

    *Bai Xia prepared herself and cut a wound on her leg. Blood immediately started to flow and then she splattered the blood on her own body and on Hong Ying.

    Hong Ying hit her head on the corner of the table and then messed up her hair and clothing. She covered Hua Xi Wan who was sitting on the ground with her body and screamed in a high tone, “Assassin!”*

    Dear Lord! These servant girls are worth their weight in gold! Wow. Talk about loyalty and dedication.

    NOOOOOOOOOOO How could end with such a cliffhanger!? The conflict in my heart is so high! That aside, wow, thanks for these chapters. I thought it was going to be all about the Prince’s death. In a sense, it is, but you can see the underlying tension of how things are playing out and how certain players are choosing to play their cards. Spies in the fu! Ooooh I can’t wait for YJQ to get home! XD

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  2. They are doing really well with all that acting someone should give them awards for all of that acting. First best actor to the Emperor and so on and so on. Thanks for this update.

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  3. Dang, HXW and her girls are so much better in acting than those grieving nobles 😂😂😂😂 thaaaank you so much for the chapter. Aaah~ now what will YJQ do? Sooooo excited✨✨✨✨✨✨

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  4. To me, I feel that the hints and underlying plots are less subtle in this novel then in ‘To be a Virtuous Wife’, which makes some parts somewhat more predictable but still deepens the plot. Hua Xi Wan and Yan Jin Qiu are definitely award winning actors, I can’t wait to watch Moreno of their plays!

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  5. These servants are very loyal!! So sacrificing! And HXW! You are so amazing on how you support YJQ >~<

    Thank you for the chapter (◣◢) fu!

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      • haha well ofc they chose other parts of the body, a woman’s face is everything….for most.

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      • Yes, a scar that only may heal is best to be avoided on the most visible areas of the body. Leg scars are easier to hide, and arm scars are easier to get – and both have an easier time staying bandaged than the face. There are loads of good reasons for this beyond mere vanity. I presume it was vanity that prompted their choices, though.

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      • I’m gonna comment like a ton of bricks on this one, just because i think they wouldn’t hesitate to scar themselves visibly if it were necessary to save the mistress. (And she wouldn’t hesitate if it were necessary to save the fu/ her lazy way of life. ” So here goes:

        Everyone is willing to sacrifice arms to keep from being stabbed in the face/head/neck. It’s instinctive. That’s where we keep our brain, several important sensory organs and that super vulnerable combo of airway and major blood vessels. Our girl was lucky to have such loyal girls, or she wouldn’t have only had one defensive wound.

        As to the other two, they were injured when they attempted to tear the assassin away from their lady. One was thrown into the furniture in the struggle, which is when she hit her head, and the other was stabbed as she tried for the knife. I doubt the assassin expected to encounter docile servant maidens willing to fight like bar wenches for their owner.

        Put together, its believable. Besides, disheveled,screaming, and fighting they could still lose face if a prissy enough person saw them in that state. So, i rest mu case. I don’t belittle my girls. I don’t think their future skin care regimen ever crossed their minds. ⚖

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      • While I tip my hat to your defense of the servants, and appreciate the importance of one’s head (especially for humans), I think you may have missed “loads of good reasons”.
        One of them had to get truly tossed about, as the greater world is not to know (at least not yet) that wangfei is battle ready. I actually presume that as someone with fighting power herself, Hua Xi Wan would encourage or instruct her servants to develop some fighting skills of their own. She may need defense at any time, even just living in her father’s fu, ever more so in her husband’s. So, to maintain this, among other secrets, Hong Ying has a visible head wound – probably a bruise – with messed up hair to corroborate. The rest have torn clothes, cut arms, etc. and much caterwauling. Their act is well conceived and delivered.
        I recognize the scene they are playing, and which named characters play which roles.
        I think perhaps I evaluate the beauty loss of bruises and leg wounds somewhat lower than you believe the people around them would. The loss of face is minimized, if not entirely wiped out, by their loyalty, obvious external beauty, and their master/mistress’s consequence. They could each have facial grazing, lost clumps of hair, and a long jagged cut down an arm and still be considered beautiful AND important by virtue of their original beauty and their mistress.
        They kept the “injuries” to the bare minimum to make it believable, and broke a lot of things for atmosphere (part believability, part distraction). They’re only putting on this act to keep wangye’s secrets, facial scars are totally NOT necessary. They may be required for safety at a later date, but as they are not now, why should they ruin a good thing?

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      • I’ll see your defense and raise you a slightly off topic rebuttal! Regardless of our modern logic, women in these stories can suffer minor cosmetic damage or commit minor social faux pas and be considered ruined for all intents and purposes. Instead of hostility, they generally get “such a pity” exposition or are shown to get the short end of some stick or other. In a different story, we could go on to read ” Such a pity, they saved her master, but in doing so, one was scarred, and the other had been seen wild eyed and hair askew. Like a mad dog barking even after the guards arrived. And even with such a disgraceful display, the wang fei was still injured.”

        Augh,sleep deprivation makes me ramble. My point is that their lives and reputation are always affected by society’s expectations, even when they are arguably

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        Arguably perfectly performing as heroes. In light of that, I don’t think they “wiggled out” of the hard choice, rather, they didn’t consider it a choice at all. It simply wasn’t a part of their swiftly determined play.

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      • I didn’t think they wiggled out of a harder choice. They took the logical option, the one that would best aid their mistress, which includes staying beautiful. HXW cut herself first, and on the hand. This is a cue to the others to smile pretty for the cameras, but don’t take it overboard. They know the cues. They’re bright girls.
        I still contend that nobody their mistress would allow to have contact with them would be so stupid or so stuck up over a flawless physical beauty that these minor scars, and the disheveled appearances – after an assassin attacked?! – would have a negative affect on their social lives. HXW is lazy, to be sure, but she is also loyal, and believes in her own sense of right and wrong. She would never allow them to be pitied or disdained. Some losers out in the world might feel they were pitiful or worthy of scorn and the like, but those people are never going to be important to her people.
        That and their own loyalty is why they could jump so quickly into their roles.

        Still, I hope Hong Ying gets a cold compress and some aspirin.

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      • I agree. They used the minimal of what they needed to get the results they wanted.

        This wasn’t a situation where they had to go overboard with what they sacrifice, especially since the whole goal was to show the outside “audience” that the “disturbance” they heard in the fu came from some external source targeted at them. It’s enough to show that injuries existed in order to “prove” their claimed source of the ruckus, justify any related future actions taken by the wang or the fei, and snuff out any potential cries of suspicion from the outside; there was no need to make the injuries more extensive for that result. Plus, doing so wouldn’t achieve a greater benefit to what they already have to be worth the extra damage.

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  6. That cliffhanger…makes me wanna read more.

    Many thanks for the update. Been waiting for each chapter the whole day. I have been following your blog ever since I stumble upon your translation on A Slight Smile Is Devastating.

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  7. HXW really use her acting skill from her past. Based on her act, maybe her previous lives is a renowned actress… (And do you think she teach her close maids how to act too?)

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  8. Hahaha. Now that Xian wang fu got intruded by an “assassin”, looks like the rumor coming out next is that someone wanted saint jin qiu to drop out of throne race. The momentum is increasing by the minute.

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  9. ahh it’s so refreshing to see HXW’s troupe of acting girls. it’s so smart, simple and effective means of keeping out of trouble for a minor inconvenience. Love how smart HXW is and how well we (as readers) are getting better at basic court intrigue, atleast as observers.

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  10. I just would like to also add, this is the most exciting chapter ever. Imagine the laziest person ever pulling this sort of stunt makes me lol irl

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  11. After months of practice, Hua Xi Wan Acting company takes the stage… aaaahhh can’t wait! Bai Xia and Hong Ying are so good and look too.

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  12. Lol😂😂
    Nice! Power couple = trust and loyalty above love!

    This proves that out of all the nobles of Jing, the Xian wangfei and her maidservants are the best actresses ever! Those lazy days, spending time watching theatre acts sure aren’t wasted…
    Their add-libs are EPIC!😂

    I bet even Xian wang wasn’t expecting this😅 .. more than anything, I’m curious on how he and Mu Tong would react😆

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  13. Hmm how about we harass the translator so we can get another chapter…..! Kidding….. 😛
    (0o0)

    Seems like I’ll be the villain if transmigrate ehh… Xixixi

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  14. *clutches heart* owwie that cliff… *staggers* I should audition for this troupe kekeke.

    Her servant girls are so much cleverer than Qing Qus. They’re really smart and follow through so well.
    Tsk tsk thou hostage taker, you have no idea what wangfei is like ah.

    Also the Emperor has gone bonkers >∆<

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  15. Thanks for the chapter! Two sentences caught my eye – one was when HXW mentioned her parents had raised her for a decade. I’m assuming she just means a long time but – it also is a bit of a clue about her soul transmigration ten years before. Also, does she know already about the torture chamber under the library? I mean, we all know about it but does she?

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