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Rebirth of the Malicious Empress of Military Lineage: Chapter 154 (Part 2)

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Edited by Tnyhy

Chapter 154: Overflowing help (Part 2)

One did not know what kind of luck the Shen family was on these days as there was mayhem all day. Previously it was the matter of Shen Dong Ling and Shen Yue exchanging marriage, then it was the matter of the Wang family not accepting Shen Yue, then later it was Shen Yue rebelling and running away from home. It was even better now, Chen Rou Qiu caught the adultery of Chang Zai Qing and Shen Wan in the act.

Chang Zai Qing, is a guest in the Shen residence and the daughter of an old friend of Old Shen General’s, the relationship with the Shen residence should have been very polite. Apart from Old Shen Furen, everyone would often speak a few words to Chang Zai Qing when they meet her, thus the current matriarch of the family, Chen Rou Qiu, liked her a lot. Who knew that Chang Zai Qing was so courteous that she climbed onto Shen Wan’s bed. Chen Rou Qiu was not stabbed at the back by others, but by the ‘cherished and attentive’ younger sister.

Chen Rou Qiu kick up a fuss on the spot, and disputed hotly all the way to Rong Jing Tang.

Within Rong Jing Tang, Old Shen Furen was sitting at the highest position. Chang Zai Qing and Shen Wan were standing at the side. Shen Wan did not have any expression on, Shen Gui had the appearance of watching a good show, whereas Chang Zai Qing’s eyes were hung down as if she was ashamed. However Chen Rou Qiu forced herself to stop crying, and put up an appearance of unable to let the matter drop.

“Enough already. How does it look like when one cry like this?” Old Shen Furen finally said after been bored with Chen Rou Qiu’s appearance, “What is the matter of one’s husband bringing a young lady in, that you would cry like the Heavens have collapsed.”

“Mother.” Chen Rou Qiu shouted, “If it was Master that bring young ladies in and lift them up as concubines, naturally this daughter-in-law will not say anything and would even take the initiative to do the preparation. But the both of them kept silent about it and did such a thing in front of my face in this courtyard. Everyone in the courtyard kept me in the dark and it is obvious it is deliberately not giving me face. Mother, I am also your daughter-in-law and you are also a female. If one’s husband wants to bring in a concubine, can I stop it? Then why is there a need to use such an insulting method?”

“Third Furen.” Chang Zai Qing could not help but spoke, “Today’s matter is all a misunderstanding. It was me who drank too much and it has nothing to do with Third Master. Zai Qing will not be a concubine so take it as this matter had never happen. Tomorrow I will pack up and leave the Shen residence. One hope that Older Sister would not blame Third Master about it.”

Compared to Chen Rou Qiu’s aggressiveness, Chang Zai Qing had never denied being involved with Shen Wan but placed all the blame onto herself, making oneself look very fair and reasonable. Shen Wan’s expression slightly changed, “Why leave? The things I do, naturally one would give you a resolution.”

Originally Chen Rou Qiu felt that Chang Zai Qing’s words were somewhat piercing to her hears, and now listening to Shen Wan still urging Chang Zai Qing to stay, it was adding fuel to fire and she immediately said, “Resolution? How would you want to resolve? It is to chase me away and give official wife position to her?” After she spoke, she turned her head to Chang Zai Qing and pointed to her while scolding, “You sure are an ingrate. You came to the Shen residence and it was me who supported your food and clothes, but who knew that you would have such a depraved heart to even climb onto your JieFu’s (Older Sister’s husband) bed. Really very shameless! You cannot seduce Shen Xin so you come and seduce the husband of someone beside you? No wonder you are not married at such an old age. Which good son would dare to want such a woman who offend public morals?”

Not only Shen Wan was stunned with her words, even Old Shen Furen was somewhat startled. The self-proclaimed scholarly Chen Rou Qiu was scolding just like a shrew on the streets. This scene was indeed somewhat ugly to see.

Shen Wan was so angry that he could not speak, and Chang Zai Qing bit her lips with a look of enduring silently. It was Shen Gui, who was standing at the side, who could not help but say something, “DiMei (Younger Brother’s wife), you are at fault here. If a husband wants to bring in a concubine, it is you as a Furen who should naturally help to handle it. Initially there was no other people in Third Younger Brother’s courtyard, and this was already somewhat unreasonable. Now after much difficulty there is finally a sister who can help you to share tribulations, why are you still blocking it?” Shen Gui was lecherous and naturally favoured beauties like Chang Zai Qing. It was just that Chang Zai Qing was Shen Wan’s people and he would not touch a brother’s woman. However Shen Gui did not like seeing Chen Rou Qiu’s shrewish manners. When Ren Wan Yun was alive, she did not stop him from bringing in concubines.

However, the current Chen Rou Qiu was already extremely sensitive at the moment, thus not only Shen Gui’s remark did not appease her, instead it seemed that she was being stepped on the foot, and she immediately went on scolding indiscriminately at Shen Gui, “Second Older Brother still have the free time to care about the matters of the Third household. One fear that Second Older Brother’s matter had not taken care of. Currently one’s lineage had been cut off, even if one bring in eight or ten concubines, so what? There is still no one to carry down the line!”

Shen Gui’s pain was that he was unable to have any descendants in this lifetime, and who knew Chen Rou Qiu would jab Shen Gui’s sore point. Shen Gui was so angry that his face become livid, and Old Shen Furen’s expression was not good at all.

“Madam Chen, then what do you want?” Old Shen Furen said angrily.

“I have married into the Shen family for so many years and am not an unreasonable person. Cast Chang Zai Qing out and I will treat it as though nothing had happened.”

“Not possible.” Shen Wan said angrily, “Since I have touched her, naturally one will take responsibility for her.”

“It is alright for anyone but her!” Chen Rou Qiu pointed at Chang Zai Qing and shouted. She could not tolerate the fact that Chang Zai Qin had betrayed her and climbed onto Shen Wan’s bed. This made her feel a sense of humiliation and shame. The most important thing was that Chen Rou Qiu understood Chang Zai Qing very clearly. Chang Zai Qing was not inferior in any aspects than her and had a good temperament. Even Chen Rou Qiu herself felt difficult to feel malice towards Chang Zai Qing. Especially with the matters now, Shen Wan’s words intentional or otherwise were protecting Chang Zai Qing, making Chen Rou Qiu feel a sense of crisis. As a woman, she understood Shen Wan’s mind more than anyone else. One feared that once Chang Zai Qing entered, not only she would share the favours with her, it was possible that only she alone was favoured. She could not bring such a great rival in for herself!

“Why it cannot be her?” The person saying it was none other than Shen Wan. Shen Wan was also furious at the moment, most probably because Chen Rou Qiu had been tender and graceful in front of him for so many years, but now was as irrational and ill-mannered like a shrew, making Shen Wan unbearable to look at her.

Chen Rou Qiu said angrily, “Then you divorce me! If you want to bring her in then annul the marriage with me!”

This made Shen Wan so angry that he was in a complete mess. However Chen Rou Qiu seemed to have confidence and became more aggressive, “After getting the annulment letter, I will naturally leave without a second word. Bring in whoever you want to bring in, it would be of no issues since we would be of no relations then, and each can do what one likes!” Finishing, two stream of tears flowed down on her cheeks, looking very pitiful.

Chen Rou Qiu’s words were ones that were said in anger. She was husband and wife with Shen Wan for so many years, even if there were conflicting views lately, but they had many years of harmonious relations before. Chen Rou Qiu understood Shen Wan. Shen Wan still have some affection for her at the end, and was currently blinded by Chang Zai Qing for the moment, thus it was absolutely not possible for Shen Wan to divorce her because of Chang Zai Qing.

Its a pity that Chen Rou Qiu that calculated thousands of ways, and who calculated that Shen Wan still had affections for her, did not calculate Old Shen Furen’s attitude.

Old Shen Furen coldly laughed once, and looked at Chen Rou Qiu as if she was watching a clown performing, “Annulment? You would wish but one fear that you had miscalculated. It is not possible for Number Three to give you an annulment letter. The very most, one would give you is a divorce letter!”

Chang Zai Qing who wanted to speak at the moment, swallowed the words that were at her mouth.

Chen Rou Qiu was not to be outdone and asked, “On what basis I am a given a divorce letter?”

“On what basis?” Old Shen Furen looked at her, “Ever since Number Three married you, there are no other young lady in the courtyard. Not to mention about a concubine, there are not any TongFangs at all. As the matriarch of the family you failed to organise things for your husband, that is being jealous and lacking of virtue! Number Three’s heart is magnanimous and I do not want to be involved in Number Three’s courtyard matters but for so many years, Chen Rou Qiu, you calculated. You have been close to twenty years in the Shen residence and have not given birth to a son for the Third household. Let me ask you, in the whole of the Ding capital, who is like you, marry into the husband family and unable to give birth to a son, but do not let one’s husband have a son with others? You want our Shen family to end the line is it?”

“You do not have a son and is jealous. There are already two out of the seven grounds of divorces, enough to give you a divorce letter!”

Even though Old Shen Furen came from the marketplace and did not have much knowledge, but when she was arguing with others, she would not be at a disadvantage at all. Especially, she already had anger with Chen Rou Qiu and now that it was Chen Rou Qiu’s fault, as tensions run high, she made Chen Rou Qiu speechless.

That was right. Just the one ground of being without son, the Shen family could push all the faults upon Chen Rou Qiu. Even if this was brought to court, Chen Rou Qiu would be the one that would be pointed at. Helplessness streaked across Chen Rou Qiu’s heart as she always thought that she had firmly grasped Shen Wan’s heart, and also though that Shen Wan and her would be in love for their entire lifetime. But now seeing Shen Wan’s attitude of protecting Chang Zai Qing was like a slap to her, which made Chen Rou Qiu’s belief that she was infallible to shatter!

Shen Wan was no different from other men who were greedy for freshness and love tenderness. There was no different between one’s or other women but as time passes and age caught up, one had to give way to younger females. But if one still had a son by one’s side during those days, one could still sit on the position of a matriarch but she did not have a son at all, thus her position was also in jeopardy.

Old Shen Furen looked at Chang Zai Qing and said slowly, “Number Three, since you have touched others, our Shen family is not people who is unreasonable, naturally one must take responsibility. There is no one else in Young Lady Chang and if Young Lady Chang is willing then after tomorrow, one will give her a Gui Concubine (higher ranked concubine). Lately there are a lot of bad luck and one should flush it out with joyous events.”

For Old Shen Furen to raise her to a Gui Concubine, it was obviously a deliberate move to go against Chen Rou Qiu, and to let Chen Rou Qiu see her face.

Chen Rou Qiu looked at Old Shen Furen. On Old Shen Furen’s ravine filled face, there was a trace of a smile that quickly flashed past. That smile made Chen Rou Qiu suddenly understand something in her heart.

How did one find out the matter of Chang Zai Qing? It was Old Shen Furen that instructed her to go to the Western courtyard to gift some bolts of cloth when she discovered it. She did not go early or later but purposely at time so could it be that Old Shen Furen did it on purpose? These days she was worried about Shen Yue and did not care about anything else, thus she did not discover Chang Zai Qing’s and Shen Wan’s secret, but that did not meant that Old Shen Furen did not discover it. Old Shen Furen wholehearted wanted to bring in a concubine for Shen Wan, and upon discovering the exchanges between Chang Zai Qing and Shen Wan, one feared that she was extremely happy. Or perhaps there were other things that contributed to this, so that such a situation would happen today.

Forcing Chen Rou Qiu to such a situation and let Chang Zai Qing enter the residence.

Within Chen Rou Qiu’s heart, an infinite hatred for Old Shen Furen appeared and she said as she gritted her teeth, “Such humiliation is absolutely unreasonable!”

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64 responses

  1. *munches popcorn*
    😎 🍿 …. So, what’s our empress’ next move gonna be.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CHAPTER!!

    And well I’ve been worried for quite a while now with that XJX’s brother’s reaction if he learns that this haughty Prince Jing likes Shen Miao. Won’t he do something to our Empress then 😱

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    • Yeah, it’s honestly pretty disgusting. Not only are you expected to help your husband get concubine, you’re expected to at least pretend to be happy to do so.

      I feel like regardless of your sex a modern person can sympathize with someone dealing with that bullshit. Most people don’t want to share a significant other.

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      • True. What’s worse is that they blamed the females for practically everyone. The gender of the child depends on the male yet they blame the females. It’s quite hateful 🙁🙁

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  2. I enjoy a lot of this chapter and the drama, but I want to know about the advance between XJX and SM and see if it will make you sweet and how it reacts😍😍😍
    Thanks for the chapter! 💕💕💕

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  3. Hahaha!
    For CRQ to be played by the Shen furen, would be the most heaviest insult of all. For so long she looked down upon this Mother-in-law of hers, but then to be made a fool by the old lady….must kills her inside.
    RIP, 3rd branch madame…

    Thank you for the chapter!

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  4. This Shen family is now imploding.

    But where’s the Prince-whose-looks-needs-a-chapter-length-description and Empress Jiao-jiao awkward romance?! Hehe!

    Thanks for the chapter, zaza and tnyhy! 🙂

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  5. thank you for the update.

    Chen Rou Qiu is too confident in her husband’s affection for her. She failed to realise all the movements going on in the house.

    Now I cannot help but wonder if Old Furen helped in the matter of Shen Wan bedding Chang Zai Qing.

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    • Naaah. I doubt.
      CZQ is cunning and way too proficient. She doesn’t need help (just some “light” *cough cough* from SM to push her in the right direction).
      She has wicked, but elegant ways to get what her want.

      Old Furen does not. She’s so crass that if she’d try to do something about it she’d make the situation worse and not better. The chance for misfire is too big. and with CZQ’s skills she doesn’t need to do a thing about it.

      Now, setting things aflame…
      Doesn’t need skill to do so, and even the crudest method can achieve big results.
      C’mon, really?
      CRQ only noticed now that that poor excuse of giving bolts of clothing was exactly for that?

      Tsc Tsc. CRQ really is losing her IQ… I mean, touch, if she’s getting schemed by Old Shen Furen.
      Well, that’s what stress from selfish and ungrateful (not to say stupid) kids do to you~

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  6. Ihihihihi~

    Thanks for bringing us this show, Zaza and Tnyhy.
    (I hope you’re at least getting some fun out of their house going down, Zaza. Even if they are screaming about it. But think about it, the louder the better. Think of it as sound effects. Or music. Yeah. Definetely music, at least for my ears 0:> )
    (And get well, Tnyhy. Hope you get better soon 🙂 )

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  7. This. Wow. Are there married/in a relationship readers here right now? I am very curious on your thoughts regarding this:

    “Shen Wan was no different from other men who were greedy for freshness and love tenderness. There was no different between one’s or other women but as time passes and age caught up, one had to give way to younger females. But if one still had a son by one’s side during those days, one could still sit on the position of a matriarch but she did not have a son at all, thus her position was also in jeopardy.”

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    • Well, I’m not actually entitled to answer this but.. ((not in a relationship atm, and def not married))

      How one loves, and how much one is capable of is based on someone’s personality… and I’d even say moral values/goodness of heart.
      Not to say “evil” ppl don’t love in a good way, but let’s say in general, they tend to have smaller hearts/minds, be petty, and just love small. (imo)

      (Think how someone with values will take the most difficult roads or harder decisions if it’s for the good of others/for the relationship… And if things do fall out, they tend to be the bigger person and let things go. Don’t seek revenge etc.)

      (while someone that doesn’t treat others well, may treat you well when they feel something for you, but once it’s over, chances are, they’ll be as bad to you as they are to others, if not more since well, now it’s personal)

      Author could have given more humanizing traits to SW, but no. She’s showing that even SW’s “love and fidelity” to CRQ weren’t the real thing, and he doesn’t have enough principles to continue to keep if not his heart, at least his actions on high moral ground.

      All those good and harmonious years, sacrifices, companionship, the things she did for him, and promises he made to her? They’re all gone.
      Guess we can see where SY got that ingratitude of hers *sneers*.

      As I said, author is showing his feelings for her weren’t real. They only lasted while the things were good. And I’ll say that there are a lot of ppl like that around. Men and Women alike. The same way there are good ppl too.
      But SW isn’t one.

      And it doesn’t help that their whole society and culture was extremely disbalanced with men having much more privileges and women simply having to put up with that.
      They could have as many women they could afford for, and women could do nothing about it, on the opposite. See what’s happening to CRQ because she tried to do something about it? She’ll get completely destroyed for it, and other women (Old Shen Furen) will help in that, cause they actually defend the “rights” and protect their sons (or men, or their family, or customs in general)

      At best, SW is as good as the general male from that time/society.
      They are entitled and used to have it all. So why can’t him?
      He got tired of CRQ, and wants to have peace at home. Wants to get pampered when he gets home from work, and he can have as may women to make sure of it if he wants, so why won’t him?

      Shen Xin cases were rare. The society’s mentality pushed both men and women into having concubines in the house. And they were raised like that, without knowing they could expect/want something different.
      And to actually do that? With all the peer pressure, if not outright laws? Tough.

      Now, in regard to today’s society…
      It’ll vary with country (diff mentality, culture etc), money, and lv of gender equality.
      In places with lower gender equality if not outright chauvinism, this will be more common.
      But even in places things are better, you can just look at most of the rich (if not famous too) ppl. How many rich men don’t have trophy wifes?
      And once they get tired of it, they’ll get lovers, if not outright move to greener grass.
      Thing is, some countries will have laws and working judicial systems that will protect and try to compensate the first wife for all she gave/sacrificed for the realtionship (or protect the children’s right).
      Now, in the story you can clearly see on whoose side the law, the moral and the customs favours, no?

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    • Sorry I don’t fulfill any of the criteria u mention above but I still have a viewpoint about it I wanted to share. Well, Chen Rou Qiu did use cheap tricks to hook him so she should’ve considered that someone else can also use similar tricks to hook him as well. It was her overconfidence and narcissism that caused her downfall. Besides, she chose Shen Yue over Shen Wan in the recent events and behaved pretty badly, causing his patience to run out. I don’t exactly blame She Wan here. I mean every people have different reasons to love people. Shen Wan loved her for her gentle and graceful personality and talent hence he never took in any women. Unfortunately for him, that was a fake persona she put up just to get him infatuated. When she finally let her real jealous, shrewd, narcissistic self come out during the Shen Yue and Chang Zai Qing case, Shen Wan finally lost it as his vision of his beautiful, gentle and graceful wife who he had loved all these years shattered within such a short time. And her real personality disgusted him hence he fell out of love while Chang Zai Qing, who unlike Chen Rou Qiu perfectly realizes the fact that shen Wan loves personality over appearances and the reason he started disliking his wife, took full advantage of it. Chen Rou Qiu, who like her daughter, thinks of herself as the queen of the world, believed this happened since she was getting old and Chang Zai Qing is young and so Shen Wan chose her but she failed to realize that it was because she herself destroyed the illusion she created in her husband’s heart which made him cherish her all these years. If it was her during her earlier years, she probably would’ve realized it. It’s just that things have been smooth for her for so long that she started getting careless and brain started to go blunt as her ego swelled more and more. At least that’s what I think from this passage.

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    • Though no longer so, I was married for over a decade. I am also a possessive person to an extent. But ancient times versus an era like we live in are not comparable. Men then had not just the privilege but RIGHT to take as many women as they felt they could afford as well as the expectation to continue the surname. So they may indeed think they want freshness, as well as the laws at the time, forbid a wife from preventing the continuation of blood. So they had to “give way”. And in special cases, the main wife could be demoted. Her position was definitely at risk with no son and even the daughter was not able to bring in an adoptable son in law.
      I am pragmatic.. if plopped into an ancient feudal system.. I would keep numbers down but definitely be the one doing the choosing of a surrogate if I myself have been unable to have children or a son after 4 years. I would pick breeding attributes (health age build looks etc), good but weak family and far removed shu daughter (like second branch #5+). Therefore giving me complete control. I would adopt the child getting more control and applying a di identity to him, then send her off to the country to live a quiet gentile life. If she is unsatisfied and with thoughts of climbing? I’ll off her. If she behaves but becomes truly lonely? I’ll find her a husband (since you can sell concubines/gift them/etc) that she can have a nice life with. Preferably with a clan that is related or beholden to mine. As far as Shen Wan being a dog… in his case not really. He has suffered a lot defending her and resisting bringing others into their house to “spread leaves and branches”. He was not really “after a new face”, but her changes in last couple years as she is propping up their daughter, I am sure is mood killing. And his daughter has become a terrible problem child under her which makes it suspect that she is also like that in her deepest heart. I have a situation that echoes. I am the very last of my surnames family branch. Neither my dad nor his brother had sons. My fiance is the last of his surname branch as well as one of the only two males in his generation. So surrogacy is a considered option. And as a couple, I think I have a more roving eye than he does… lol
      I disagree that the author is pointing him out as particularly scummy. Remember the things she did to remain the main wife. And what she teaches her daughter. The guy is not a hero, but he is equivalent to a missile tier management employee with dangerous politics added. He was not a genius, he did well enough. The author does not humanize the Shen men much because the MC is going to crush them for the things their wives and daughter’s did in this life already and the previous life as well as their abandoning and betraying Shen Miao and the First branch as their mother ordered as soon as politics became fire. SW is actually a rather typical and boring guy. It is amazing he allowed one wife and daughter all those years. But then again if they were not all backstabbing each other maybe a male child would have survived to now. But Shen Miao has major PTSD. Horrific torture and death does that. So every person known to put her to that path, no matter how slight, is on the chopping block

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  8. Just reading this chapter made me want to explode. The ancient times were so so so unfair towards women. I hate the Shen family but I felt so bad for her. I’d rather see the destruction of the whole family in one shot rather than destroying member by member. So annoying.

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  9. This made my blood boil to the max ” Shen Wan was also furious at the moment, most probably because Chen Rou Qiu had been tender and graceful in front of him for so many years, but now was as irrational and ill-mannered like a shrew, making Shen Wan unbearable to look at her.” The f u c k shen wan???? did you expect your wife to smiel and accept everything with open arms after she caught you with another girl???! Yes, she might be unreasonable in some ways but she’s the wife. what a jerk. and that Chang Zai girl won’t have a happy ending. 🤬

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    • From a feminist POV she has a right to be angry but from SW’s patriarchal POV he would also feel betrayed.

      CRQ played the virtuous, talented, scholarly woman for years and now reveals a vulgar shrewish woman, meaning she played him all these years. A truly virtuous woman (as per texts and scholars,) would have accomodated him. The Furen is not wrong.

      The betrayal that cut him deep was her indulgence and siding with SY even though what she did was clearly wrong, undermining a husband who has done his best level best for his family. Yes, there is some lust but more than that CZQ is giving him what CRQ has withdrawn – appreciation, support, friendship and companionship in favour of indulging the stupid SY.

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  10. Yeah, yeah, there’s too much drama in the Shen residence… and there’s more to come!!!
    Mwahahahahaha!!!
    Now, I want our Empress and her prince again!!!

    Thanks very much for the chapter! 😀

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  11. “You do not have a son and is jealous. There are already two out of the seven grounds of divorces, enough to give you a divorce letter!”

    D: kinda sad that daughters are only for marrying to other families for connection (after teaching them so much) and sons are more favored. Not having one is even enough for a divorce. *sighs*

    Thank you for the ‘slapping CRQ’s face’ chapter (︶ω︶) fufu~

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    • That would be true if divorce before is the same as now, but sadly, it isnt. In their times, it is extremely disgraceful for a woman to be divorced, and implies that something is fundamentally wrong w/ her. She’ll be shamed (even by her maiden family) and will be regarded as a disgrace to be avoided her whole life.

      Honestly, i hate crq for doing things to SM, but the chauvinism in the ancient times is disgusting. Wouldnt wish it to anyone lol. I wish the author just made the whole family fall than make CRQ fall like this bcz im honestly starting to feel sorry for her ://////

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    • …Not exactly… Remember she asked for an “Annulment” earlier which basically meant mutual separation. In ancient times that was also code word for “the woman started it”, so she could go home with her head high. BUT if she gets a “Divorce” she is considered worse than dirt because it was her husband who booted her out because of the listed reasons Old Crone Shen gave. In essence, she is rejected goods. Mushu said it best:

      https://goo.gl/images/ygQKYh

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  12. I find her quite pitfull( that is if I ignore all the things she sheemed against SM )
    In her own home, her husband and good sister betrayed her , this way she won’t have a strong backing as she would have if they brought concubines from outside. And that SW is just the same as SG , he just pretends he isn’t.
    On the contrary to them SX is different, guess he takes after his father and mother, while the other take after their mother ( oblivious 😏)
    Oh well
    When is this going to end ? I wanna see XJX and SM ☺

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  13. I do think Chen Rou Qiu is really pitiful (if I just look at her as a woman in general). Looking at her as CRQ makes me unable to have sympathy for her though; because, when people do sinister things, they know that it is a risk and so when they mess up and end up having to face terrible consequences, they SHOULD BE able to bear it. If one does not have the strength to bear the consequences, then one must not take the risk of doing something evil and malicious! (SM, though ruthless, does not actively destroy people who bring no harm so I guess her case is quite different).

    What Chen Rou Qiu is experiencing now (betrayal) is what Luo Xue Yan experienced in the past (except that Shen Xin’s love was still with her). CZQ lead LXY to her death even though LXY treated her kindly with no ill intentions unlike CRQ who only treated CZQ kindly so that she can be used. Now, the plan that CRQ had of using CZQ to destroy the 1st household backfired! It’s as if she’s pointing her borrowed knife towards herself. I guess it’s what they call ‘KARMA.’

    On the other hand, looking at the bigger picture of a very patriarchal culture, where women are only viewed as pawns to continue a clan’s lineage, raise the kids, manage the household, and serve their husbands, makes me wonder how women coped and managed with their (emotional) lives in the past. Maybe from the very beginning, they have already accepted the possibility of them not being loved solely or not being loved at all? Or maybe they really did develop this kind of twisted, insecure and scheming personality because of the culture they grew up in? They need to protect themselves and their children after all!

    It’s good that women were trained to become respectable, knowledgeable, etc. but it is a waste that all those skills and talents would go towards helping and supporting husbands whose hearts they usually have to share with others. There seems to be no escape and one would only be forced to accept things as they are. If the rare woman in those days chooses not to marry, she becomes a burden and a dishonor to her family!

    (I am not sure about women in military families though. In Ancient China, there were military clans who were quite open to training the women in their clan to fight (well, maybe only those from the head family of the clan). Ancient China has honored a few female generals and one even became the Commander of the imperial army. At least such things still happened =) )

    All I can say is thar I am definitely grateful that women have more say and rights in society nowadays (in general)!

    Thanks for the chapter ❤

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  14. There is one thing I don’t really uderstand: Chang Zai Quing claims she is a virgin although we all know she already has a family. So how could she decieve Shen Wan? Or is that guy just too stupid to realize it? And what is the difference between anulment and divorce? Is divorce the shameful way out of a marriage?

    I wonder how Shen Miao will react when she hears about the chaos in the Shen household. Probably sitting in her chamber and waiting for XJX while saying “Meh. I don’t care anymore.” I hope not because she still need to deal the deathblow to Chang Zai Quing.

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  15. I would pity Chen Rou Qiu unless she wanted to cause the same thing to the First Household! They all deserve the consequences which soon will come! Thanks s lot dear Zaza and Thyny

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  16. I don’t pity CRQ. She did it to herself. She made a move to crush Shen Miao’s family yet SM saw her plan and push it back to CRQ. Just like playing Tennis, Shen Miao won and CRQ lost.

    Thank you for the chapter 😘😘😘😘😘

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  17. Thank you for the chapter guys 😍😍

    While I enjoyed seeing CRQ getting face slapped, it brought some reaally sad things about the lifestyles of women of that time to the fore. It’s really fist clenching that they had to go through so much for such an ungrateful man with the man even thinking they are entitled to this kind of treatment. Really makes one glad for the current times even though there is still inequality present.

    On another note, I can’t wait until SW and his old hag of a mother find out that CZQ is already married and have kids. This’ll teach them not to burn their bridges 😏😏😏

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  18. This is the first time that I feel pity for an enemy
    I mean, her husband cheat on her, in her house, with her guest and she still is the one to be blamed
    Is not like in the west woman got a equal position and stuff
    But isn’t that too much?!

    I can not imagine how hard should be live in a place like that and how much the man spoiled each other

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  19. Out of all the revenge planned out by Shen Miao, this one hurts me the most. (Even though she stood like a ‘by-stander’ in this one)
    I have thought that Shen Wan’s ‘sincerity’ towards CRQ was real, but like all the feelings of 2nd and 3rd branches they are just a heaping sack of trash.
    I just skimmed through all of this, I can’t bear CZQ unlike most of the comments here enjoying the show. Her acting like a white lotus is so hateful. I feel so sorry for CRQ. Really.
    Damn, if CRQ isn’t a villain I would want her to get her own justice.

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  20. Thank you for the chapter!😘🙌💗 Another good work as always! 👍

    Now, I can say that as a woman I sympathize with CRQ, but I cannot sympathize with her person as a whole. Also, SW will see how big of a mistake the “divorce” move is when the rest of CZQ’s family will come knocking at his door😏😏😏. I bet that Old Shen Furen will have a heart attack at that moment and she will come to regret her actions dearly. Too bad there is no medicine for regret!😈😈😈

    All in all, I want to see our main ship of SM and XJX again, and maybe even a little bit of LT and GY, as well as a peek into SQ love life!😋🙌😉😻💞

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  21. I hate so much how in ancient times so unfair towards woman, but I dont feel bad for CRQ. Her character is fake, she is an egocentric person that only think about herself. If not, first household never do anything towards her, but she cant wait to destroy them, just because she is jealous because she feel that they live better than her.

    She always look down on people but never think that herself is one. RWY is vicous, but I hate CRQ this person even more. Good for her she get her karma.

    Thank u so much for translating ☺️

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  22. I don’t care about CRQ, because she’s reaping what she has sown. However, I would like her to prove that MIL wrong and show her who is boss. But then again, they will all be in for a shock when the abandoned husband and son of CZQ make their appearance Lol!!

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  23. Will like She Miao say:
    “Do not do to others what one would not have them do to one.”
    This chapter is really indicate on Shen Miao thought. Even thought the 2nd and 3rd household are full of selfishness still if you think about it in reality they are just people who made mistakes.

    Thank you for the Chapter Can’t wait to read all of it.

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  24. Haha, also wonder if that’s why I can’t find love I think about the possibility of the feelings dissipate, well been singe for years and I don’t really intend to stay living in this world for long either very boring place

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