Everyone Knows I’m a Good Man - Chapter 45.2
The Military Advisor didn’t answer, but looked at Ji Changze, “If there’s a penalty, the soldiers in the army would be unwilling. If they aren’t punished, he will worry about disasters in the future. Advancing is wrong, retreating is also wrong. According to Sir Ji, what should be done?”
“This is simple.”
Ji Changze answered very happily, “In the future, secretly drinking will happen again. Don’t beat them with the staff, just fine them. One person will be fined 5 taels pieces of silver. If they can’t take it out, it will be deducted from their pay.”
“This won’t work.”
General Hou vetoed it without even thinking about it, and felt that he had the upper hand, “I’m afraid you don’t know. For these soldiers, money is more important than themselves, not to mention 5 silver taels, even if it’s just 1 tael, they can’t afford to let it go.”
“If they were really fined, I’m afraid it would make them hate even more than corporal punishment.”
Ji Changze expressed his understanding.
These days, money is always worth more than human life.
5 taels of silver were enough to buy two pretty little maids at this time.
General Hou didn’t think this method was feasible.
“In doing so, I’m afraid it would cause public anger.”
After that, he was quite proud. He felt that he was very smart this time, so he asked for credit and looked at the Military Advisor, “Is the Military Advisor saying this General is right?”
The Military Advisor smiled and glanced at General Hou, “General, listen to what Sir Ji is going to say next.”
If this method is not feasible, then what else is there to say?
General Hou looked strangely at Ji Changze, but saw the scholar in front of him, who had a long robe and looked as frail as his Military Advisor but was very good at shooting arrows. He smiled.
“What if those 5 taels of silver were exchanged for 5,000 yen and sent to others?”
(TNote: Wen = smaller denominations, usually in coins.)
General Hou paused and lost in thought.
The Military Advisor didn’t even think about it, but looked at Ji Changze with appreciation, “If so, I’m afraid that one person will suffer and others will rejoice.”
Ji Changze nodded, “And then let the General on stage to tell why, saying that in the future if there are still people drinking in secret, they would be punished like this.”
The Military Advisor’s eyes gradually lit up, “In this way, even if there were people who commit crimes against, his colleagues will expose the matter for money.”
Even if this person was surrounded by people with a good relationship with him, the smell of wine won’t be smelled from a distance, but it will certainly be sniffed out when near.
It was impossible for someone living in the world to be loved by everyone, not to mention when there was the temptation of money.
The Military Advisor looked at Ji Changze admiringly and said, “In this way, I’m afraid it won’t be long before the drinking trend in the army is suppressed. Sir Ji is really resourceful. In the past, I’ve been thinking about how to meet both ends of this matter, but struggled to find a way no matter how deep I thought about it, sir just learned about this matter today, you actually figured out a way to crack it so quickly.”
Ji Changze wasn’t blown to the sky by his nonsense praise, but also looked at him and smiled, “Sir Military Advisor had long thought of it, right? Just haven’t found the right opportunity.”
The Military Advisor smiled and shook his head without denying it, “If the amount is small, they won’t take it seriously. If it’s too big, it would be too heavy for these soldiers. The amount is nothing to us, but to them, it’s heavier than their own lives.”
Ji Changze wasn’t surprised.
Although this Military Advisor was talented, he grew up with Hou Jiangjun. You can see what temper Hou Jiangjun has developed.
Brave, but a one-track mind.
And the Military Advisor, knew how to do a lot of things, but was too ethically restrained and soft-hearted to do so.
For a counselor, he was too kind.
In other words, the Military Advisor would only be open and honest, not shameless.
For example, this time, the Military Advisor estimated that the opponent didn’t think he could plan a scheme at all, and pretend to be caught drinking. Rather, they were distressed that if they did arrest someone, the 5 taels of silver might be the other person’s life.
But it didn’t matter. The three people would be able to walk away, one just had to be shameless.
Ji Changze smiled and dusted the dust that didn’t exist on his sleeve. When he stood up, he looked like a wise man.
“But there is a problem, those two have been kind to me and are willing to help me with this act, but … I have just recently come to the barracks, and I have no money …”
The Military Advisor understood, “Don’t worry, the General is here.”
After saying that, the two people turn around together, looking at General Hou who couldn’t understand what they were saying and still had to stay here. So, he was untying his armor.
General Hou, who was looking at the two talking and suddenly looking at him: “???”
He paused and carefully put the armor once again, muttering, “Okay, okay. I know, I should be properly clothed, I won’t take it off.”
Ji Changze smiled lightly and stepped forward, naturally, reaching out to him and spreading out his palm.
General Hou: “… What do you want?”
“This 10 taels of silver, I’ll trouble the general to pay for it.”
General Hou: “???”
He pointed to his nose, “I pay?? Why me??? Sir, you just told them that you were going to pay.”
Ji Changze replied with great confidence, “I have no money.”
General Hou: “…”
He looked at the Military Advisor in disbelief.
The Military Advisor nodded at him and whispered, “Give him the money.”
General Hou: “…”
He reluctantly took it out of his sleeve. Exactly a silver ticket worth 10 taels. He turned his head and handed it directly to Ji Changze, and angrily said, “Take it away!”
Ji Changze took the silver ticket, “In addition, the General also pay me for the jar of wine.”
General Hou: “…”
“Why do I have to pay for the wine too?”
Ji Changze: “These two little brothers bought this wine for me. They saved me, and they aren’t rich people. I don’t want them to spend so much money.”
“If you don’t want them to lose money, then pay for it yourself. Why do I have to?”
Ji Changze: “I have no money.”
General Hou: “…”
He took a deep breath and turned to the Military Advisor.
The Military Advisor, still warming himself by the fire, saw him like this and nodded: “Give it to him.”
General Hou almost couldn’t breathe from being stifled, and he gnashed his teeth and took out a piece of broken silver and threw it to Ji Changze.
Ji Changze quickly caught it. Then, with a smile on his face, he turned to General Hou, bowed, and said, “The General is really generous, generous to the weak subordinates. I am weak, I can’t even hold a bow, and I haven’t been able to save any money. I will have to rely on the General for more care in the future, thank you very much.”
General Hou listened to the familiar words and was speechless for a while.
Isn’t this what he said about Ji Changze last time? Why was this person so vindictive?
Ji Changze ignored his gnashing expression, and just put the silver ticket and the piece of silver into his sleeve, and then bowed to the two men.
“I’m going to look for the two young brothers first. General and Advisor, please help yourself.”
He lifted the curtain and went out.
General Hou knew that Ji Changze had good ears, so he sat there for a long time before he suddenly stood up after almost a quarter of an hour, “Cousin, look at Sir Ji, how can this happen? He clearly bears grudges!”
“It’s better to hold a grudge in the open than to hold it secretly.”
In a good mood, the Military Advisor looked up and spoke with a smile, “Sir Ji is a nice person. This time, he took this opportunity to talk about it, so that there are no bad feelings between the two of you. He’s really a talented person.”
General Hou twisted his eyebrows but felt that something was wrong.
He sat opposite the Military Advisor and asked, “Cousin, do you feel that Sir Ji seems to have a thick skin? When he asked me for money just now, he didn’t feel embarrassed at all.”
“General, you’re thinking too much.”
The Military Advisor didn’t believe that a figure like Ji Changze would really be thick-skinned, but instead appreciated his actions, “He was just acting, and obviously regarded you and me as his own people. If they weren’t his own people, as a scholar, how could he ask for money? “
General Hou scratched his head, “So according to you, he’s not a bad person?”
“Yes, I think this person is polite, brilliant, and never arrogant, is more open, and generous. It’s a blessing for the General to meet this person.”
General Hou touched his empty sleeves and wasn’t happy at all.
He carefully looked at the Military Advisor who looked like he was in a good mood and moved to sit next to his cousin, “Cousin, he’s got all my money, why don’t you give me some more money?”
The Military Advisor’s expression remained unchanged, “Does the General know why Sir Ji asked you for money just now?”
General Hou didn’t know how the topic turned, but he still replied, “He has no money.”
The Military Advisor shook his head and said, “Sir Ji must have known that although you set the military regulations against drinking in the army, stealthily drink by yourself. You are the superior, what he fears most is that you couldn’t do the things you stipulated. Now no one knows it. If someone found out that you drink, but won’t let the people below drink, what would those soldiers think of you?”
General Hou: “…”
He snapped, “I drink it outside the barracks, not a violation of military discipline.”
The Military Advisor swept him a faint glance and he instantly closed his mouth.
“When Sir Ji took the silver from the General, he warned the General that his thoughts and actions are for your benefit. General, you shouldn’t let down the kindness of the gentleman.”
After failing to ask for money, he got a lecture. General Hou stood up dejectedly, “Then I’ll go out for some air.”
Seeing him stand up, the Military Advisor asked again, “General, can you remember what I just said? If you meet Sir Ji, don’t forget to thank him.”
“I Remember, I remember.”
(TNote: I suddenly feel like The Advisor is like a Mom after a parent-teacher meeting with Teacher Ji, lecturing son Hou… haha…)
General Hou said, “Sir Ji is a good man. He asked me for money for my own good. Sir Ji is good to me, and I will respect him.”
When he finished, he went out of the tent, and the Military Advisor raised his eyes and sighed.
With such a temper, if he dies, the General won’t even live for a year.
Fortunately, now that Sir Ji is here. Sir Ji is transparent and sharp, he could somewhat take care of it.