Chapter 12.1: Jiang Family
Recently, many things happened in the capital city of Yanjing.
The storytellers at side street restaurants had increased by quite a bit.
The most popular story was still, “At night, the charming Buddhist nun was in the middle of her practice, when a curly-tailed monkey caused alarm and unexpectedly ran into a romantic scene”.
A few days ago, the nobility returned after offering incense at He Lin Temple.
With their return, they brought a piece of shocking news.
In He Lin Temple at Mount Qingcheng, Wu Jing, the most cherished disciple of Tong Ming, the one in charge, was actually a frivolous monk.
He had defiled many married women.
He didn’t even let the Head Nun of the neighboring nunnery off.
It had to be known that He Lin Temple was a famous temple.
Previously, many madams and young ladies went there to burn incense and pray for blessings.
Frightened by this scandal, all the womenfolk who had gone up to offer incense chose to keep their mouths shut and did not mention anything.
Fearing that they would somehow get involved and with others’ opinions, their morality and conduct might get ruined.
Soon, somebody presented this matter to the emperor and after seeing it, Emperor Hong Xiaowas furious.
He severely punished all the related people.
Afterward, he even went as far as shutting down the hundred years old He Lin Temple.
At that time, many people accidentally witnessed the lovers’ tryst with their own eyes.
The womenfolk did not mention a word, yet the men vividly and colorfully retold how young and beautiful Head Nun Jing An was, treating it as a passionate love affair.
However, this love affair, aside from gaining the emperor’s wrath, it also implicated an unexpected person.
It was precisely the Chief Assistant, Jiang Yuan Bai’s di daughter, Jiang Li.
Eight years ago, Jiang family’s second miss, Jiang Li, pushed her stepmother and caused her to miscarry.
Jiang Yuan Bai punished her to go to the family’s temple to cultivate her moral character.
From then on, she disappeared from everyone’s sight.
After the scandal was found, it was also discovered that Jiang second miss had surprisingly stayed at that Mistress Jing An nunnery.
With how malicious and domineering the Jiang second miss was, it was fine to send her to a temple.
Even if she really cut her hair and became a Buddhist nun, it was still a positive thing.
However, to send her to the hand of this kind of bewitching Buddhist nun, Jiang Yuan Bai’s way of doing things was also not sincere enough.
Chengde official, Liu Yuan Feng’s wife went to He Lin Temple to burn incense.
When she was at Head Nun Jing An’s nunnery, she met this Jiang second young miss.
At that time, it was already very late into the night, yet the evil Buddhist nun made things difficult for her.
Asking her to kneel at the main hall where the roof was leaking.
Liu Yuan Feng’s memorial was extremely well planned.
Jiang Yuan Bai’s connections were numerous, and he was deeply entrenched.
It wasn’t good to offend him.
In Liu Yuan Feng’s memorial, he did not mention Jiang Yuan Bai’s fault in the slightest.
On the contrary, he said that although Jiang Li originally made mistakes, her age was still small.
Moreover, the child was not yet taught, how could a parent want his own di daughter to be handed over to a place where the morality and conduct were corrupted.
No matter what, one’s own morality and conduct were also questioned.
As Jiang Yuan Bai’s ruler in the backhouse, Ji Shuran, her behavior as a mother was indeed too harsh.
To look at Ji Shuran, that was the same as looking at Ji family and hit Ji Yan Lin’s face.
The memorial seemed clear, yet it secretly signified that it was the personal grudge of Jin Shuran, that she had deliberately sent Jiang Li to Head Nun Jing An without any good intention and use the Head Nun’s hand to torment her.
In fact, this memorial was initially a trivial matter.
However, the current monarch, Emperor Hong Xiao, wasn’t the birth son of the empress.
His birth mother passed away after giving birth to him and he was raised by the empress.
The empress herself actually had a crown prince and absolutely loathed him.
Since young, he had been put through numerous obstacles and Emperor Hong Xiao endured all the sufferings in silence.
He fought the path to vie over power until he finally arrived at the current position.
Therefore, the sealed memorial from Liu Yuan Feng made Emperor Hong Xiao recall his own experiences.
The early death of the birth mother, a harsh stepmother, which generated a feeling of hate towards Ji Shuran, just like when he was with the empress.
So his heart couldn’t help being partial towards the similar-experienced Jiang second young miss.
He called Jiang Yuan Bai to the imperial study room to chat and at the same time said a few words about it.
After Jiang Yuan Bai left the imperial study room and exited the palace, he returned to his residence and the first matter was precisely sending someone to immediately bring Jiang Li back to Yanjing.
Ji Shuran received this news and hurriedly rushed into the house: “Master, why suddenly want to get the second miss …….”
Jiang Yuan Bai “ba,” all of a sudden slammed the memorial on his hand onto the table.
Ji Shuran immediately closed her mouth.
She hardly saw Jiang Yuan Bai be angry like this.
Jiang Yuan Bai turned his head.
To speak of it, he had already been the father of a few children.
A few years had undoubtedly passed along with his work as the imperial Chief Assistant and the emperor’s respected teacher.
Although Jiang Yuan Bai was not as handsome and free as when he was younger, he now carried the appearance of a talented, attractive and mature man.
Moreover, to say, nowadays, he got along well with other court officials and wasn’t caught in any crossfire.
He was even more settled so he loosened, became considerably gentle and refined.
However, the gentle look he had on weekdays completely disappeared at the moment, replaced with a concealed anger.
“Today, the emperor summoned me to the imperial study room.
Although the Chengde official, Liu Yuan Feng, didn’t specifically mention my name in his memorial, I have also gotten involved in it.” Jiang Yuan Bai continued: “To welcome Li’er back home, this is the meaning of the emperor!”
Chapter 12.2: Jiang Family
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“After all, the current emperor’s birth mother is not the Empress Dowager…” Jiang Yuan Bai merely said this short sentence.
He was Emperor Hong Xiao’s teacher and assisted Emperor Hong Xiao to ascend onto the throne.
Naturally, he completely understood the temperament of the emperor.
Afraid that this matter had coincidentally touched upon Emperor Hong Xiao’s heartstrings.
Not bringing Jiang Li back was out of the question.
In his heart, Jiang Yuan Bai thought it had been a long time since the emperor asked and involved him in everything, unlike when the emperor was young.
As the emperor’s wings had grown stronger and he had enjoyed the taste of power, afterward he could not tolerate disobedience even more. Since Emperor Hong Xiao had personally shown interest in this matter, naturally he wanted Jiang Yuan Bai to act on it.
If he didn’t, in Emperor Hong Xiao’s mind, it was the same as defying an imperial order.
“Besides, Li’er is indeed the daughter of my Jiang family.” Jiang Yuan Bai sighed: “Letting her wander about outside, it’s unbearable.
Madam,” he looked towards Ji Shuran and quietly asked, “You won’t blame me, right”隱含愧疚。
By this time, he had restored his former gentle appearance and his pupils showed his guilt.些東西，也早早地將屋子都騰出來。”
Ji Shuran smiled and seized the opportunity to nestle against him before saying: “Lord, what are you saying Are you treating me as a person with a malicious heart Second miss is the Jiang family’s miss, also Lord’s biological daughter.
At that time, the second miss’ age was still small so she made mistakes.
It’s been so many years, I no longer take it to heart.
Lord wants to pick second miss up, I will arrange for a wet nurse to prepare things.
I will also ask someone to clear up a room as soon as possible.”她摟在
“Madam is considerate, you cannot find a second person like you under the heavens.” Jiang Yuan Bai sighed while embracing her into his arms.
“These are the things I should do, I’m just…..” Ji Shuran’s voice sounded cautious, “hoping to get along well with the second miss.” There was actually a hint of fear.她可
Hearing what she said, Jiang Yuan Bai recalled the thing that the six-year-old Jiang Li did and frowned.
He spoke soothingly to Ji Shuran: “Now she is no longer a child, if she dares to be insolent, I will not let her off lightly!”接人的人手去了。
Jiang Yuan Bai left after appeasing Ji Shuran with a few more sentences.
He should go and instruct the people who were going to pick up Jiang Li.不知道薑梨她……”
Jiang Yuan Bai had just left when Jiang You Yao rushed in with a servant girl.
As she entered, she spoke: “Mother, do you know that Jiang Li, she…….””
“You Yao!” Ji Shuran interrupted her then commanded the doors and windows to be closed.
Afterward, she reprimanded: “Why are you this rude and impetuous!”端的
Jiang You Yao opened her mouth in grievance: “Mother, it’s not that I’m being rude and impetuous! I heard father wants to bring Jiang Li jie back.
What’s going on It’s been perfectly fine, why did he suddenly remember to bring her back”
Ji Shuran frowned: “You Yao, how many times have I told you, don’t pay attention to Jiang Li.
She is just grass.
Sooner or later, she will get trampled.
You are the Jiang family’s honorable di daughter.
Why do you want to bother with her”
“But…..” Jiang You Yao was not reconciled and still wanted to continue.得
“So what if she really comes back Nowadays, in this residence, the one who controls all matters is your mother, me.
Will she get any benefits by returning This time, it was just her running into good fortune and nothing more.”
“Can mother not let her go back” Jiang You Yao angrily asked.
Ji Shuran shook her head.
If it was someone else’s intention instead of Jiang Yuan Bai’s, naturally she could still play a trick.
Let people murder Jiang Li on her way back to the capital and just say that Jiang Li’s fate wasn’t good.
It was a pity that the emperor showed an interest in this matter.
If an accident were to occur midway, the entire Jiang family would have to face the consequences.至要風風光光的，給洪孝帝看。
Jiang Li not only could not have any accident.
She had to be carefully escorted back in style to show Emperor Hong Xiao.
Really making people unhappy.
“No harm,” Ji Shuran coldly said: “Having lived for merely seven years and she already didn’t know the immensity of heaven and earth1.
It’s also good that she comes back.
Once she comes back, I will naturally find ways to pack her up.”
“At that moment, she will feel that her return to the capital is not such a good thing after all.”
I can’t understand how they still hate her so much after so many years without seeing her.
Like, really, are they in love with her or sth There’s nothing that can really justify such obsession, especially for that kid You Yao, she is really just a kid, how can she hate and be the whole day thinking about someone she probably barely remembers! Wouldn’t it be normal to forget about such a ‘disgusting’ existence after so many years of not being in contact and enjoying a luxurious and frivolous life
1: 不知天高地厚 (bùzhītiāngāodìhòu): lit.
to not know the immensity of Heaven and Earth, idiom meaning to have an exaggerated opinion of one’s ability, to think oneself much superior and better than the others..