八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Ninety Eight “Sides”

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Glossary

  • fei: a higher-ranked imperial concubine
  • 娘娘 niangniang: respectful title used for the Empress and/or imperial consorts
  • qie: a self-deprecatory appellation used by women
  • 本宫 ben gong: lit. “this palace”; illeism for members of the Imperial Family and imperial consorts

 

Chapter Ninety-Eight: Sides

The atmosphere in Shu Fei’s palace was slightly tense. Other than Hou shi and Shu Fei, there was also De Fei, Rong Fei and the other qinwang fei of the Imperial House.

A junwang abusing his junwang fei—this would be an ugly stain on the Imperial House if it was publicized. While Qilong Emperor was displeased with Sheng Junwang in many ways, he was still extremely displeased that Hou shi had done this. In his view, it was the glory of the entire Hou Clan that Hou shi had been able to marry into the Imperial Family. For her to do such a thing was to disrespect the Imperial House.

Also, that Yan Bo Yi was useless. He wasn’t even able to keep an eye on his own woman and caused this entire matter to be known by everyone. Even though he was displeased, the Emperor still had people take care of Hou shi. He could not have her slighted even more, otherwise, the Imperial House would be even more humiliated.

The Imperial House was discontent, and the prestigious families did not feel comfortable as well. While the Hou Family was not the most famous, it was still a major family. Yet after their daughter had married into the Imperial Family, she hadn’t just lost her child, but also her husband was rumored to have had an affair with another woman, and she was abused to such a sorry state. This was disrespecting the prestigious families.

While the prestigious families muttered inside, they did not move and waited for the Imperial House’s response. As for Sheng Junwang who had abused his wife—his reputation among the prestigious families and the common people fell greatly.

Shu Fei fet conflicted as she watched Hou shi cry. She was also from a prestigious family and naturally biased inside towards Hou shi. But she also knew that the Emperor was displeased with this matter. It really was hard for her to decide how to manage this.

The saying was that one would rather demolish ten temples than destroy a marriage. But facing Hou shi’s skeletal appearance and disheveled state, Shu Fei was unable to speak. Yet she did not dare to let these two divorce. It had been the Emperor who had decreed this marriage. If she now said that the two were not suited, wasn’t that akin to saying the Emperor had been wrong?

They all said that a marriage was a relationship between two families. Hou shi and Yan Bo Yi being like this was really a sin. When Hou shi had just married, she had been a beautiful person. Yet just the span of a few years had been enough to change a beautiful woman into a lifeless and withered person. Shu Fei didn’t know how much the other had suffered.

Those seated were all women. While some people were watching for the spectacle and to mock, most were filled with pity. They were all women—how could they not know the hardship of being a woman?

Seeing Hou shi thin and withered, and unable to even cry, Shu Fei sighed and said, “Relax, the Imperial Family will give you justice.”

When Hou shi had entered the palace, her clothing had been shabby and her hair messy. While she had been through a round of cleaning up, a feeling of looseness came from her grand robe on her body, and caused people’s hearts to hurt.

Hou shi’s unfocused gaze stilled for a moment before she stood and curtsied to Shu Fei. “Many thanks, Shu Fei.”

“Sit down. There is no need for such courtesy.” Shu Fei couldn’t help but sigh inwardly again. She had been such a bright person before, and now she was so pitifully slow.

De Fei and Rong Fei exchanged a look, and then they both shook their heads helplessly. They were the same as Shu Fei, consorts in the palace who had titles but no favor. Because they had no children, they were fated to die in the palace, so they did not want to cause trouble.

Right now, Sheng Junwang had numerous supporters. If he really became the emperor in the future, if they offended him in this matter, how would they live the rest of their days?

The high-ranking consorts in the palace did not speak, so Ning Wang Fei and Xu Wang Fei naturally would not express their opinions. They all looked at each other and then, in the end, all looked at Shu Fei.

Shu Fei did not show her dislike. She looked with a gentle expression at Hou shi. “Stay in my palace for now. This matter is not minor. Why don’t we invite all women above junwang fei rank into the palace to discuss what to do?”

“Many thanks, niangniang.” Hou shi walked into the middle of the hall and knelt. “Qie wishes nothing else except peace for the rest of this life and to never see Sheng Junwang again.”

Shu Fei’s brow furrowed before her gentle expression came back. “Your words…”

Qie only requests to divorce Sheng Junwang. Qie is willing to go to the monastery to pray for the Emperor and the Yan Clan, and to never come out of the monastery again.” Hou shi kowtowed to Shu Fei as though she had made a great decision. “Qie’s heart is dead. Niangniang, please fulfill this request.”

“It is not that ben gong is not willing to agree but…” Shu Fei realized that her words were inappropriate and hurriedly corrected, “This matter is not minor. Ben gong needs to report to the Emperor.”

“Thanks, niangniang.” Hou shi gave a heavy kowtow again. Shu Fei felt pain on her behalf just looking at Hou shi, but Hou shi was expressionless, as though the person with a swollen forehead was not her but someone else.

At this time, a taijian came to report that Xian Wang Fei was asking for an audience.

Shu Fei had a servant help Hou shi to sit down on a chair before summoning Xian Wang Fei.

When Hua Xi Wan walked into Shu Fei’s palace, she detected the unusualness of the atmosphere. She walked into the hall, her eyes looking straight ahead. After giving curtseys to everyone present, she sat down on a chair near Hou shi.

Jiejie, are you all right?” Hua Xi Wan lightly patted the back of Hou shi’s hand. She touched the green and black marks on the surface, sighing.

“All right.” Hou shi looked up at Hua Xi Wan and then moved her gaze away quickly, as though there was nothing for her to live for. “I have troubled Meimei to make the trip for me.”

The other people looked with surprise at the two. From their tone, it seemed that those two had a good relationship?

Theoretically, with Sheng Junwang and Xian Wang being on opposite sides, Xian Wang Fei and Sheng Junwang Fei should not have such a good relationship.

“Hearing that Jiejie has suffered so, how can I sit still?” Hua Xi Wan watched as Hou shi’s index finger unconsciously drew a circle on the table, and her tone became slightly angry and grave. “Jiejie, what do you plan to do?”

Xian Wang Fei, do you remember your identity?

The people present all felt this scene was slightly strange. As the leader, Shu Fei spoke. “Xian Wang Fei and Sheng Junwang Fei seem to be close.”

Qie has been impolite.” Hua Xi Wan stood and curtsied to Shu Fei. Then she said, “Hearing that Jiejie has suffered so, qie cannot still the anger inside. Please, niangniang, forgive me.”

Hearing this, Shu Fei understood. It seemed that Xian Wang Fei was on Hou shi’s side. Was this the meaning of Xian Wang or just of Xian Wang Fei herself?

Hua Xi Wan did not care what Shu Fei said. She was standing out to speak for Hou shi in order to create a way for Hou shi to survive, because Sheng Junwang was fated to not be able to ascend the throne. If Hou shi could divorce Sheng Junwang now, she would not be affected by him in the future.

Thinking about how Yan Jin Qiu had the thought of having children because of the incident between Hou shi and Yan Bo Yi, she felt a headache. It was not good for mother and child if the mother had the child at a young age. How could she scientifically prove this serious problem to the other?

Ben gong can understand that you are close and have great concern for each other.” Shu Fei looked at Hou shi, and the meaning in her words changed. “You are really sincere in your decision just now?”

Hou shi nodded. “Qie has decided.”

Shu Fei sighed and said, “Ben gong understands. Soon, ben gong will request an audience with His Majesty. However, ben gong cannot guarantee that this will succeed but will try.”

At the last step, she still chose Xian Wang’s side. Sheng Junwang was a man who could even be vicious to his wife. If he ascended the throne, they, the old people of the previous emperor, would not have any status. It would be better to throw their lot in with Xian Wang early. At the least, it would guarantee that they would live their days out in peace.

De Fei and Rong Fei also spoke and comforted Hou shi upon seeing this. They also expressed they were willing to ask the Emperor for Hou shi.

“Many thanks, niangniang.” Hua Xi Wan stood and bowed towards the three consorts with a double meaning in her words. She watched as one of Shu Fei’s palace attendants helped Hou shi go into the back hall to rest before she stood and said, “The time is late; it is not good for qie to disturb you. Qie bids farewell.”

Shu Fei tried to keep her upon hearing this. Seeing Hua Xi Wan determined to leave, she sent her most trusted servant to send Hua Xi Wan out of the palace to express her high opinion of Hua Xi Wan.

“Xian Wang Fei, take care.” The servant saw Hua Xi Wan to the palace gates. Seeing Xian Wang standing next to the carriage, she marveled inside. She hadn’t thought that Xian Wang placed such importance on Xian Wang Fei that he would wait for her at the gates to return to the fu together.

The servant watched the two get on the carriage together before returning to Shu Fei’s palace. She reported what she had seen and then said, “Niangniang, this servant thinks in the future… having a good relationship with Xian Wang Fei is beneficial for us.”

Ben gong also knows this.” Shu Fei took a sip of tea. In another few days, the new empress would enter the palace. It seemed to be a great honor, but His Majesty was old, and he most likely did not have the strength to accomplish many matters that he wanted to. Zhang shi entering the palace was just to deflect the previous rumors.

As to whether there was something between the Crown Princess and His Majesty…

Shu Fei sneered. In this world, the grandest was the Imperial Family, and the dirtiest was also the Imperial Family. She had lived in the palace for more than a decade. What hadn’t she seen? What hadn’t she experienced? The Zhang Family was being so ostentatious right now, and even dared to use Xian Wang Fei as a stepping stone to elevate Zhang shi’s name. In the future, Zhang shi would suffer for this.

“Get them to take care of Hou shi.” Shu Fei put down the teacup. “Regarding this matter of today, there probably is more to it than meets the eye.”

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In the carriage, Yan Jin Qiu and Hua Xi Wan sat next to each other. Yan Jin Qiu carefully looked at the expression on Hua Xi Wan’s face and then said, “What do you think of what I talked to you about before?”

Hua Xi Wan’s eyebrow rose as she said slowly, “Of course I will ponder this when lying down.”

Yan Jin Qiu was silent for a moment. “I… I just do not feel reassured.”

The carriage swayed as it moved forward. Hua Xi Wan lifted up a corner of the curtain and looked at the passerby who had moved aside respectfully for the carriage. She put down the curtain and said, “I thought that you would be more reassured now.”

Yan Jin Qiu looked at her in puzzlement.

Hua Xi Wan turned her head to smile slightly at Yan Jin Qiu. “I know your ambition, and you understand my personality—is there anyone more suited to the other than the two of us?”

Yan Jin Qiu was still for a moment before he smiled and said, “You are right. I was overthinking.”

Hua Xi Wan shook her head. “It is not good for the body to think too much.”

Yan Jin Qiu held his forehead. “That is my fault.”

Hua Xi Wan smiled seeing Yan Jin Qiu like this. She lifted the window curtain again and saw an old couple support each other as they slowly walked forward. The smile at the corner of her mouth became even more evident. “Don’t worry, we will have a child.”

Only a child who was anticipated by their parents will possess the most perfect love in the world.

Translator Ramblings: I just find it funny imagining Hua Xi Wan saying “Of course I will ponder this when lying down” sarcastically while Yan Jin Qiu wanting to have a “serious” talk.

 

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40 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter Ninety Eight “Sides”

  1. Wow. Hou-Shi is determined.
    Well…women in the Imperial Family, all they have is easily reversible.
    All it takes is just ‘Royal Displeasure’. Having to drink venom and eat poison daily…
    If Hou-shi could escape, it would be great.
    Somehow…I think it’s going to be worse before anything got better…

    Thank you for the chapter!

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    • I truly hope she could escape unscathed too. I don’t wish her faith to be the same as the Crown Princess, in a way they’re both truly just a pawn in this Imperial family and pitiful to the extreme.

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  2. Now that i think about it, all the key players that causing storms are these unfortunate women. The mistreated sheng junwang fei miscarriage which lead her to switch camp because of disappointment in her husband. The most pitiful crown princess who’s life is a tragedy. And the blinded hua yiliu a victim of her own greedy mom. The emperor and sheng junwang can play in the shadows (while xian junwang is much deeper in the darkness), but thats all they do, kicking each other legs under the table. Its the women, their victims who got nothing to lose dared to really take action.

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    • That’s the thing about this novel I really really enjoyed, taken separately, each action doesn’t feel like a major trigger for the next event, but when you look at the scenario as a whole, all these tiny movements added up to create giant tidal waves of their own.

      Almost every major event that happened can be traced to a movement initiated by a woman and taken advantage of by other parties.

      The only one that doesn’t feel like that is Yan Bo Yi’s treatment of Hou shi after she had her mascarriage. *shakes head* that’s the only movement I think is a product of the times rather than a third party taking advantage of the gaps.

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      • “that’s the only movement I think is a product of the times rather than a third party taking advantage of the gaps.”

        Mistreating your spouse can’t be simply chalked up to be a product of the times. Even if they have no love for each other, given their position and other circumstances the least they could have done was to maintain a cordial business like relationship.

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      • Fair, I only meant it as “not a direct consequence of someone taking advantage of something”.

        If anything, it’s Yan Bo Yi not taking advantage of Hou Shi’s time of weakness to get closer, but rather keep her at arm’s length.

        Good time to say Yan Bo Yi needs quite a few lessons in EQ ~_~;

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    • So true!
      That’s why I always regard this novel as a feminist novel. It doesn’t only portray strong women, but women of all types and all walks of life – pitiful women, vengeful women, hateful women.

      Major props to the author for creating each and every character with such depth that everything that happens doesn’t feel forced, but rather inevitable outcome of a series of actions and decisions made by each character who has their own agenda.

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  3. Aw.. this was kinda hard to read, I always personally liked Hou Shi a LOT. … Ugh. My heart.

    … the laugh breaking the tension in my head by bring up QJY’s silliness definitely amused though 😛

    Looks like the female side of the political machinations in the royal family itself is all but done to me. At least until the new empress sho- nah, it’s probably over given the personality of the new empress.

    ….

    HAHAHHAHA, oh wow… Maybe Sheng Wang Ye was correct in his intelligence afterall… just the threat of no babies is enough to shake his confidence to this level. XDDD

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    • Hou-shi is a woman twisted by the callousness of those who purported to care for her, those who ought to have done, in a more normal setting. Essentially, they broke that which made her humane, and left her with just the sharp bits of being human. It’s a shame, but necessary for the plot and the good reputation of Xian Qinwang, Yan Jin Qiu.
      That said, it’s probably even odds she’s making up the abuse, at least physical abuse, to suit her vengeful purpose. Perhaps Yan Bo Yi lost his mind and started taking his frustrations out on his wife, perhaps not. Whatever the case, he ought to have pampered his wife after the miscarriage, and tried again when it was deemed physically safe – only taking side wives after a couple years, so the whole world may know that his wangfei is still Respected Junwangfei.
      As to the rest of the Imperial women, well… Most of them have chosen Xian Qinwang in a contest against Sheng Junwang. He play the game far too much better; Yan Bo Yi is totally outclassed. He has a somewhat inferior mind, a massively inferior EQ, and nothing like so much good luck as compared to Yan Jin Qiu.

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      • What I found really sad was Hou-shi generally embodied the values that people want out of their women. If we’re going by what is expected of women in that era, her only “mistake” was miscarriage, but that wasn’t her fault either when you consider it was a ploy by someone else and science at that time hadn’t advanced to the point where staying away from night pearls is common sense. (Although I think an effect this large as to cause miscarriage is fictional?)

        Like what more did she need to do to be a “good wife”? Does she literally need to wrest the throne for her spouse in order to be loved? that level of “requirement” is too high for anyone to achieve.

        Really, all Yan Bo Yi needed to do was to be just a tiny bit more humane and care for her. He doesn’t need to lavish her with love or anything (at least I don’t think Hou-shi would expect it after a few years given the society at the time….) but to go immediately from “love” to “I’m going to get concubines for their wombs” is too drastic a change for a normal person to take within such a short period of time. His EQ failed him entirely here. Especially when he should know that hiding things from his wangfei entirely is next to impossible.

        As for the imperial women and Yan Bo Yi’s case in general, I think those are foregone conclusions, too many hits to Yan Bo Yi’s name. I don’t know about being “outclassed” so much as he and YJQ were never even on the same gameboard, Yan Bo Yi expected imperial scheming and powerplays to happen within the court itself, YJQ on the other hand just maintained his facade and continued to pick apart as YBY’s support. There won’t be any major imperial clash or anything, just simply YBY wondering how he lost the throne or rather, why the Emperor doesn’t like him.

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      • Oh, but they had both been fighting each other before YJQ was even married – in underhanded, behind the scenes kind of ways. Spies, “accidents”, rumors…

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      • True, (un?)fortunately, most of that isn’t revealed to the reader so all we can do is imagine it happening. To be fair, considering he’s in this scenario, as you said, outclassed.

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      • I think YBY’s mind is simply not flexible enough to keep up with YJQ. Sure, he can scheme, and has enough money and power to get some of the right people in the right places, but he hasn’t thought more than one move ahead, and he cannot counter the moves he doesn’t even imagine are made.

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    • Total sidenote
      passingbyreader – why do you always use QJY to refer to Yan Jin Qiu? Is there any significance to this, or is it just a typing thing? I’m sorry to offend, if his does; it is not meant to do. I just wondered.

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      • Good question. Bad case of replacing words I think. I always have trouble remembering Chinese names exactly as written and I always replace the first and last letter for some odd reason. It happens for quite a number of novels Hahahahaha.

        Thanks for the headsup *shakes head* XD

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      • Any time, although it was mere curiosity. If you read enough of what I write, you will find “with” and “the” become “withe” alarmingly often.

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    • Well I remember the Zhang Master incident, at that time Shenjunwang really thought o Xianjunwang as a inocent lamb…proving him…and then when that girl died he inmediately thought that it was Xu Wan who killed her out of jelousy…they actully never confront even in the dark, he just thought that Xian wang is just like all people think “interested in drawing and poetry, in love with his wangfei…being iddle…not much to a deep scheme” just how of a high level conner and scammer is actually Yan Qi Yiu

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  4. Don’t say that. Hou shi was a good woman who have a right of woman and heart crush by a heartless jerk. Do you even remember that he have the guts to say in front of her that Xian Wang fei was mere woman who know nothing. Isn’t implying even his wife is the same? He get what he deserves.

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  5. –Yan Jin Qiu was silent for a moment. “I… I just do not feel reassured.”–

    (¬‿¬) YJQ wants to make sure HXW will stay with him. Two people who are more suited to one another than other people.

    Thank you for the chapter (v〃∇〃)ハ(〃∇〃v) fu

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  6. “I know your ambition, and you understand my personality—is there anyone more suited to the other than the two of us?”

    “Don’t worry, we will have a child.”

    *squeals* Coming from HXW, the lines above are so much more meaningful than an “I love you.”

    As far as I remember, this is the first time she’s told YQJ that she accepts him completely.

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  7. i don’t know.. but judging from crown princess extramarital affair, qilong emperor should be able to regenerate child.. but why did he wait until this old? or he just can get a new consort..
    as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3

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  8. Hahaha she made fun of him too funny let’s have a child together WangYe 😂😂💖💖
    Cannot wait for more update thank you so much for the chapters

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