八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter One Hundred and Eight “Epilogue”

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  • 世子 shizi: heir son, referring to the heir apparent to a noble title
  • 本宫 ben gong: lit. “this palace”; illeism for members of the Imperial Family

Chapter One Hundred and Eight: Epilogue

The spring of the third year of Shengkun was a good season when the flowers bloomed. Empress Hua invited the women of the Imperial Family and the first-rank titled ladies to the imperial gardens. Those who received an invitation were overjoyed and treated it seriously.

After the new emperor had ascended the throne, he suddenly changed from his previous gentle personality. He reorganized the court in a storm. If the new emperor’s foundations had been weak after his ascension, he might have been wary, but there were many supporters of the new emperor who had controlled the entire court. So in less than two years, those who needed to be sorted out were sorted out. The entire court revered and feared the new emperor even more.

Other than Emperor Shengkun being praised by the people for his governance, his love life was also something that everyone was extremely interested in. Why?

Because the new emperor had been on the throne for three years, but other than Empress Hua, he really did not have any other woman. He didn’t even have a female official whom he slept with. It really was rare to have this kind of man.

Many men in the world, after they came to power, would be greedy for women. While Empress Hua was beautiful, one would get tired after seeing her for a long time. Could the Emperor control his lower half?

No one had reached a conclusion before Empress Hua decided to hold a banquet. Everyone in Jing knew that Empress Hua had a lazy personality, and did not like to worry about other matters. This was something that the officials were very satisfied with. The Emperor favoured Empress Hua so much—if Empress Hua meddled in the government, then it would be a great calamity.

But this was a lazy person, so everyone was happy. Empress Hua was favoured, and the status of her paternal family also rose. Yi’an Marquis was ennobled as a country duke, his eldest son the heir to the dukedom, his second son a marquis. However, this duke was a perceptive person. After helping the new emperor control the court, he retired from his position at court and did not change his mind no matter how the new emperor tried to persuade him. In the end, he went back to his home to relax, with the titles of duke and Grand Tutor of the crown prince.

Both of his sons were still young, and their positions in court were not low or high. They were also loyal to the Emperor and humble in conduct, so no one could say that the Empress’ paternal family bullied people using their power. Compared to the paternal family of the previous emperor’s demoted empress, they were infinitely better.

When people thought about it this way, they did not find it strange that the Emperor favoured the Empress so. Everything in this world has its reason.

The imperial garden was filled with fragrant clothing and the shadows of hair. Taijian and palace maids passed through the figures with jars and cups. It was very busy.

“Princess, we have arrived.”

Hearing the soft reminder of her personal servant girl, Princess Rui He suddenly refocused. She saw that there were already many women in the imperial garden. She silently picked a spot where to sit and did not try to converse with anyone else.

Last winter, foreigners had tried to invade. Some officials had suggested a marriage alliance, intending for her, the princess, to marry the king of the foreigners, a man almost seventy years old. She had hidden in fear in her princess fu. However, she had been flamboyant in her actions in the past, and no one was close to her. With her father and brother both gone, and her maternal family members demoted to commoners, she could not even find one person to stand and speak on her behalf.

She liked handsome men, but she also loved her children. If she married into a foreign country, her two children would stay in Jing, but what days would they have?

Just as she was feeling hopeless and terrified, she heard that Yan Jin Qiu had refused this suggestion of marriage in front of the entire court.

“My great dynasty will rather have our men die in battle than bow their spines. The foreigners are ambitious—can sacrificing an innocent woman’s life trade for the peace of my dynasty?”

She had always felt that Yan Jin Qiu was an insincere person, but when she heard that he had said such words, she felt slightly dazed. She couldn’t help but think, if her younger brother had not died and had become the emperor, would he say such a thing at this time?

Maybe… for his peace, she, the sister, would soon be stepping onto the road to marriage for peace.

It was laughable that she had lived as she wished for the first part of her life, but the rest of her life was protected by a person whom she had schemed against.

People could not go against the will of heaven. Scheming was just a joke. Later, when she heard the people of Jing’s praises of Yan Jin Qiu, and those of the prestigious families that had submitted to Yan Jin Qiu, she slowly understood. Yan Jin Qiu really was the person most suited to the throne.

Her brother and Sheng Junwang did not have the breadth of mind, the vision, and the talent that he did. She was still a grand princess. She had peaceful days. Her son had been titled shizi. This was good.

Everyone knew that the Holy One had an older sister, but the Holy One never mentioned his older sister. The Empress had never summoned her sister-in-law. Princess Rui He was still titled Grand Princess. This was clearly telling the world that the Emperor did not like his older sister.

Naturally, no one would be so unperceptive as to mention one in disfavour with the Emperor. So no one expressed their curiosity or surprise that there was no trace of the Emperor’s sister at the banquet.

Princess Rui He had just raised her teacup to take a sip when she heard the sound of the taijian clapping in the corner. She hurriedly put down the teacup, neatened her dress, and then stood with everyone else around her.

Hua Xi Wan was twenty now, but in Princess Rui He’s view, this empress who had already given birth to an imperial son had not changed much from when she had married Yan Jin Qiu. Even the most complex and grand clothing would feel perfectly suited when she wore it, and could not overwhelm her.

After kneeling, Princess Rui He sat down on her spot. She silently looked at the womenfolk who were carefully fawning over the Empress. The lips of her mouth rose slightly, but her eyes were indifferent.

The atmosphere of the banquet was lively, and the food that was presented had been made with great care to have both taste and appearance. It should be said that ever since Emperor Shengkun ascended the throne, the skills of the imperial chefs had grown even better, and had even more styles. The imperial palace was really the place where the most delicious food was found.

The nobles all knew that the Empress had a fondness for good food. They also knew that Empress Shengkun was willing to go along with the empress’ hobby. These two were both willing, so no one could say this was bad. But… many females admired and envied Empress Hua’s good fortune in secret.

Hua Xi Wan rinsed her mouth, wiped her face, and washed her hands, helped by the palace maids, before she smiled at the womenfolk seated around her. “Now that we are sated… The weather is good—if you do not disdain it, how about you accompany ben gong in walking around the garden?”

Everyone said it was their honor, and interestedly followed behind the Empress. They complimented all the flora in the imperial garden and even wanted to praise the weeds in the cracks.

They all knew that the Empress might not truly pay attention to the praises, but they had to be complimentary, had to be respectful. Everyone knew the position the Empress held in the Emperor’s heart. Who dared to displease the Empress?

They had heard that yesterday, a daring palace maid wanted to get imperial favour but enraged the Emperor. No one knew what happened in the end, but some people who had other thoughts gave up now and didn’t dare to think more.

Princess Rui He was slightly surprised that the Empress suddenly hosted a banquet. Empress Hua never liked to host banquets like this. If the other didn’t have a goal in hosting this flower-admiring banquet, she would not believe it.

Ben gong had them plant these flowers here a few days ago.” Hua Xi Wan’s voice was forever soft. “Ben gong likes these beautiful things the most.” Finishing, she suddenly saw a flower stem that was reaching the path. She couldn’t help but frown. “How come this flower has grown here? Come, cut this.”

Then the women saw some taijian come with scissors to cut the entire plant. They looked at the flower that had fallen to the ground with thoughtful expressions.

“Such a pity.” Hua Xi Wan glanced at the branch on the ground and then turned to look at the womenfolk. “Let’s continue.”

Princess Rui He looked at the flower that was completely destroyed by everyone’s footsteps and slowly exhaled.

Even the most beautiful thing, if it was disobedient, would not be kept.

Just like when the new emperor ascended the throne, and that young Empress Dowager Zhang had dared to act like a mother-in-law in front of Empress Hua. Within a hundred days, she had died from illness.

Sometimes, a person’s greed was enough to consume them.

The Empress did not say anything, but anyone smart should have understood that the Empress did not have a soft personality. She just did not like to manage these matters. If they touched her bottom line, her actions would be enough to give them an unforgettable lesson.

This was also very good.

After they had admired flowers for a time, Princess Rui He heard again the sound of clapping from up front. She raised her head slightly and saw the Emperor’s carriage coming this way. The women saw this, bowed their heads and moved back, not looking directly at the dragon carriage.

However, the Emperor’s carriage stopped when it was about ten paces away from them. The Emperor clearly did not plan on coming forward due to the women present.

A taijian quickly came up to bow to Empress Hua. It was Chief Steward Mu, whom even those in favour with the Emperor had to treat respectfully.

It was unknown what Chief Steward Mu said. The Empress smiled and walked towards the Emperor’s carriage.

When the Empress stepped onto the stool, an arm that was covered in a dark dragon-patterned sleeve reached out of the carriage. The Empress handed her hand to the other and was pulled into the imperial carriage.

When Princess Rui He saw this, she suddenly smiled. She turned to look at the female official who was preparing to see her out of the palace. She lowered her head slightly and then left this sumptuous palace without another look back.

Some people were fated to become those who were to be admired and envied. While she could not become a main characters of legend, at least she was fortunate enough to see a legendary love.

She was born in nobility and wealth, the remaining of her life would be wealthy, and she had no regrets.

Thousands of years later, countless dramas and novels about Emperor Shengkun and Empress Shengde were created. However, some emphasized Emperor Shengkun’s extraordinary qualities, some emphasized Empress Shengde’s beauty which caused countless men to fall in love. It caused Empress Shengkun to never have a concubine and only hold her his entire life.

Some said that Empress Shengde was a successful woman, some said that Emperor Shengkun was a successful emperor. But the only thing they could not deny was that the two of them were an emperor and empress who had been in love their entire life.

The history books recorded how Empress Shengkun had said in front of the court that he would be together with the Empress forever. He had managed to do it.

In the forty-fifth year of Emperor Shengkun’s rule, when he was sixty-eight, he abdicated to the crown prince to become an idle emeritus emperor. He and Empress Shengde were in love their entire life and had three sons and a daughter. He recruited those talented, conquered foreigners, changed the way of farming, and developed a navy. This caused all the surrounding countries to fear and respect his country, and he was called a great and wise ruler by the historians. At least, every year during the high school examinations, this Emperor Shengkun would come out to remind people of his existence and torment high school students year after year.

Some even said in forum posts that this Emperor Shengkun was a time-traveler. Otherwise, how was he so capable and even had the mindset to be monogamous?

However, no one thought seriously of this explanation. Even the poster was just joking.


Who would believe that!


Translator Ramblings: The end!

Thank you, Adnana and Vivie, for helping me edit this, correcting mistakes, and trying to make sense of what I meant from my mish-mashing of cliched but incorrect phrasing and illogical sentence structure, as well as remaining patient as I repeat the same mistakes over and over. I am especially grateful to Adnana for keeping an updated glossary, adding definitions and notes for every chapter as necessary, and her explanations when correcting my grammar mistakes. Unfortunately, she did not see any improvement over this entire time as I had mostly finished translating before she came in.


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215 thoughts on “八宝妆 Eight Treasures Trousseau Chapter One Hundred and Eight “Epilogue””

  1. I truly enjoyed reading the novel. It was such and epic love story. Thank you for translating the novel and giving us the chance to read and experience different emotions brought by the novel. Thanks thanks thanks 😁

  2. This was a great read! Thank you so much for all your hard work!!! You guys are amazing!

  3. Thank you to the team for the translations! I admit that I prefer VW as it was easier for me to read (this one emphasised more on subtexts and hence had to read between the lines a lot). But I still enjoyed ETT. I wished there was more after the epilogue, but anyway glad to see that the couple had a happy ending! Thank you again! 🙂

    1. Hm, that is interesting. For some reason, I thought VW had more subtext and this one was a lot more direct.

      1. Maybe it’s also due to the style of writing then? I felt that VW had a better flow so I had a better understanding.

  4. Thank you for translating and editing this novel, as well as tbvw, I had a blast reading both ! I really enjoyed your exquisite translation !

  5. Hai! This is my forth / fifth time???reading this story….it doesn’t bore me at all. I kept on laughing, smiling and even cried throughout every time I read it. Thank you so much for letting this wonderful work to be read by us layman who only knew to read….KOWTOW!!!!!

  6. Thank you for sharing this to us^^
    i like virtuous wife more but this has a different taste. maybe bcoz the characters in both novels are diff. at CH 107 i kind of think of them as the legendary couple mention in vw bcoz of the officials thinking how he might change his mind later. i kind of remember that tragic couple how sad. but the epilogue fix that. i’m a little unsatisfied though. maybe becoz vw is full package that i find this lacking haha. again thank you so much for the effort ^^

    1. Nah, the two stories aren’t set in the same universe. I can’t remember exactly but there is a modern epilogue and their title names are different.

  7. “The history books recorded how Empress Shengkun had said in front of the court that he would be together with the Empress forever. He had managed to do it.”

    Two empress here. Typo ish, thank you for translating~~

  8. Wow second time reading and still fascinates me just wow 💋💋💋😭😭😭🎂❤️❤️❤️

  9. oman this was so good i am sobbing. that ending!! it leaves me wanting more but also very satisfied! Such a great couple~ It’s novels like these that keep me coming back to this genre. Thanks so much for translating this masterpiece! 10,000 thanks!♥♥

  10. I couldn’t help but cry when this story ended. It’s one of my favorite stories alongside “To Be A Virtuous Wife”, which has similar traits. I’ve read both of them many times, and wish there were more like it.

  11. Second time reading this and VW and it wouldn’t be my last! Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to read wonderful books such as these!

  12. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Thank you so much for translating it so beautifully and sharing. 🙂

  13. Done reading both stories in 7 days!! Satisfied but also craving for more. Thank you for sharing these two ( The Virtuous Wife and Eight Treasures Trousseau ) books.

  14. Just finished reading this all, what an amazing adventure!!

    Many many thanks to all who worked together in bringing to us this story! 🥰🥰🥰

  15. so in the end, we never get to hear if she’s given her heart truly to him or just simply went with the flow and enjoyed the leisurely life that he paved for her with all his heart? o: oooooooorrrrrrrrrkai

    1. She gave her heart to him the same time she gave him what was due to him from the trousseau. She gave him those trinkets with the underlying meaning: I completely trust you now, here’s everything I was holding back from you my heart included

  16. Finished this for a second time and in still enjoying it. Thank you for translating the story

  17. Thank you so much for sharing this. This is so beautiful. I feel happy and sad finishing this story.

    They didn’t think that the “time traveler” is the Empress.

  18. This is my 5th time reading this (i finally made a wordpress acc lol) but this still makes me feel wonderful!! I’d have to say this goes in my top 5 among the chinese novels I’ve read so far (this goes higher than TBVW though). I’ve always been into clever/intelligent protagonists but what makes this so special to me is just the tasteful art of subtlety that the author successfully executed. Its palace drama is present but the schemes are cleverly hidden in the background and can be seen between the lines. I really loved how the author had us reader in a funnel vision, where the focus is on our main casts but we also see the things going on in the background without straying away or having to read in other characters’ pov. That truly pull me in. Ugh. Its really marvelous!

    Of course, all these praises wouldn’t exists if it wasn’t for the excellent work the translators & editors. You guys are truly the heroes of making this novel as excellent and wonderful as it was for the english readers! You guys deserve 100 kowtows o(_ _)o

  19. Thank you so much for the translation. Sorry to bother you, I want to ask, can I re-translate of Eight Treasures Trousseau into Indonesian? and upload in my wattpad account.

  20. Love love loved this story and the awesome translation! Thank you for making this possible!

  21. Beautiful story. Smart and powerful couple. The perfect combination of drama and slice of life that I like in a story. The pace of the plot is not slow nor fast, just perfect. Hahaha I thought throughout the whole novel that if I went to ancient times, I would open a porcelain shop. Imagine how many times they have to be replaced with the constant smashing.
    Thank you for your hard work translating this novel.

  22. I loved reading this story so much! It was amazing! Thank you for your hard work! ❤️

  23. wow this was such a beautiful story. chill, laidback with just the right amount of scheming and revenge not too stressful. I really love it. thank you so much for translating and for all the hard work.

  24. I liked the little bit at the end lmao. Thank you again for translating!~

  25. Dropping a note for myself. 4th time reading this and I still love the part where she tells him ““I know your ambition, and you understand my personality—is there anyone more suited to the other than the two of us”. Fated couple.

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