Chapter 033: Existing Hostility
The Old Lady took all Hu XiaYun’s hostility towards the maid in her eyes. Although she was dissatisfied, she could somewhat understand Hu XiaYun’s thoughts. So, she didn’t say anything bad, and said, “I arranged for two people to serve Pei Cheng before, but now Jiang LinZhi sent one back.”
Hu XiaYun’s eyes lit up. This was her chance. Hu XiaYun said calmly, “Mother, I told you before. This Pei Cheng absolutely cannot stay. You see, since Pei Cheng returned to the main house, not only did so many big and small things happen at home, but now even Jiang LinZhi has begun to resist your orders.”
The Old Lady who was with a cold face, didn’t speak but she didn’t refute it either. After all, what Hu XiaYun said was not wrong. It was just that she didn’t like to hear it very much. After Hu XiaYun finished speaking, she was worried that she had said too much and her words would be counterproductive, so she pretended to persuade. She said, “However, mother, you don’t have to worry. Jiang LinZhi and Western Courtyard were originally acted like well-water does not mix with river water* but now since Pei Cheng came back, the distance has become more obvious.”
*(T/N: 井水不犯河水 - Well-water does not mix with river water; meaning ‘everyone minds their own business’)
This false comfort quickly aroused the anger of the Old Lady’s originally unpleasant emotions.
The Old Lady said angrily: “This Jiang family is not where he, Pei Cheng, who has a different surname, has the final say!”
Hu XiaYun was taken aback. She quickly came over and calmed the Old Lady down. And in the end, about when the Old Lady almost calmed her anger down, she suddenly said: “Mother, today Pei family sent a servant to the Eastern Courtyard. It’s strange, and I don’t know what they’ve talked about.”
The Old Lady had a prejudice against Pei Cheng, but now this prejudice had turned into disgust. So, when she heard that, she just said indifferently: “It seems that SanXi was sent back, not entirely because he was not attentive at his work.”
Hu XiaYun understood the meaning of the Old Lady’s words, but Hu XiaYun didn’t think that the ‘truth’ was this. Hu XiaYun said, “Mother, in half a month it will be the head of Pei Family’s birthday. So, we.......”
The Old Lady narrowed her eyes and a trace of light flashed through her eyes. She whispered: “You have to remember what I mentioned to you yesterday.”
Yesterday, the Old Lady chatted with Hu XiaYun alone. It was about considering letting Jiang LinZhi take a concubine. The best one was a woman who was unreasonable and hard to deal with, so that the Eastern Courtyard would have its own internal strife.
Hu XiaYun’s face could not help but show hesitation, and she said: “Mother, now with Jiang LinZhi’s health, where would there be any women from a good family willing.......and this is still a concubine position. This, how could anyone agree to this?”
“Before, the matter of SongWu had caused a lot of trouble. Although it had no effect on the business of the family shop, it was still not good.” The Old Lady said seriously, “If Jiang LinZhi takes a concubine at this juncture, then the Jiang Family’s reputation in Hua Cheng will be restored as before.”
Hu XiaYun thought about it and felt that what the Old Lady said was quite right.
The fact that the Liu family put Qi’er on the spot for pushing Liu SongWu into the lake had become the talk of the town. So many people in Hua Cheng were talking about the Jiang family behind their backs. If at this time, the Old Lady took the initiative to take a concubine for Jiang LinZhi, everyone’s attention would naturally be diverted from the previous incident.
The most important thing was that the Old Lady was very likely to be praised by everyone in HuaCheng because of this practice.
Hu XiaYun praised: “Mother, your trick is brilliant.”
The Old Lady said with satisfaction: “Stop talking about those empty flatteries. You should pay more attention these days to see which family’s girl is willing to marry that Jiang LinZhi.”
Hu XiaYun’s eyes turned around and said, “Mother, Third Master is approaching the age of thirty. In your opinion, shouldn’t Third Master’s marriage be brought up as well?”
The Old Lady frowned and looked at Hu XiaYun disapprovingly, “I’ll take care of the marriage of the youngest. You don’t need to worry about it.” The implication was that she regarded Hu XiaYun with disdain for asking to let her arrange the marriage for Third Master Jiang.
The smile on Hu XiaYun’s face froze.