Daughter-in-Law of a Noble House
By: Hai Qing Na Tian Er (海青拿天鹅)
A short post on my next translation project. There is only one synopsis for this novel and I will also leave some comments on it… 🙂
Summary from Baike…
There was chaos throughout all lands under Heavens, while warlords were vying for supremacy.
Fu Jin, the daughter of an exterminated noble clan, was forced to marry Wei Tan, an ambitious and formidable eldest son at the apex of his life.
This new daughter-in-law of the noble house received the solicitude of the officials and overturned the internal strife. In times of chaos, displacement and the subjugation of prominent clans, as a married woman one only wished to survive, conduct business, manage the affairs of the household and live one’s life in peace.
Amidst the chaotic war, she watched the changes in the Imperial court and the battle for power. One exquisite heart had set in motion thousands of strategies and success was but a leap!
Yet, one was not able to scheme beyond his ten years’ plan of ‘giving a taste of one’s own medicine’.
The eyes of the fourteen year old Wei Tan, who had arrived at the Imperial Guards, caught sight of Fu Jin. His emotions stirred when they encountered each other in the Southern market. He noticed her eyes would dart to the right when she was calculating and knew that she had a penchant for haggling prices. He believed the ‘exorbitant price’ he had paid for the plum flower bottle in her hands would certainly attract the beauty’s attention. Little did he expect that she would only remember the hundred and fifty coins. She had paid no attention to the build or stature of the person who had paid.
Ten years later, what was gratifying was that the affairs of the world were ever changing. In the end, after many twists and turns, she actually became his Furen.
The main reason why I have finally picked this novel to translate is that it is not about Rebirth/Transmigration/Reincarnation. There are just too many of those out there and no matter how good they are, I am getting a little tired of them. I choose to believe that there were smart and strong women in the past who were far ahead of their peers or society.
Like the previous novels I have picked, Fu Jin aka the Female Lead, has a strong character. However, in this novel, her strength is more internalised than others. (I hope you understand what I mean… lol). Anyone else experiencing what she did would most likely roll over and die. She did not depend on others even though on the surface, it seemed like she did. Her entire family was executed and she escaped because her father had sent her to the Empress Dowager. But after the Empress Dowager died, the Emperor and the Empress married her off to a fool (mentally challenged?). In the midst of chaotic political scenario, her Father-in-law married her off the Grand Commandant’s son and this is where the novel starts off.
Another thing I love about this novel is Wei Tan aka the Male Lead. Honestly, I feel that he is better than XJX because he always steps back and lets her make her decisions (to choose him or her ex, to leave the family or not, etc.). He also knows her from way before and that she has changed because of her circumstances. However, he still loves the girl she was previously and the woman she has become. He is like those second leads from all the dramas and novels that we (specifically me) fall for knowing that they would never get the FL in the end. Don’t worry, this novel will have a happy ending. 😀
This time, there will be 3 editors on board at the beginning to help straighten up my translation. The language used is not as flowery as previous ones but the novel is written from a first person perspective and the words used are from a different dynasty/period compared to my previous projects. So, I will get more confused than ever on the grammar and my consistency on all the ministers’ rankings will go down the drain… LOL… Let’s welcome @Kiskaiya @Larkspur @Halley
Back to me again… I am still translating the first few chapters at the moment and my speed is like a tortoise due to work (still flying around, new projects, shitssssss to clear…). Please bear with me!!!