Good Man Operation Guide - Chapter 79.1
Ren Fuling’s appearance was very beautiful. Because her thoughts and clothes had been influenced by foreign countries when she was studying abroad. She was now sitting on a horse in a white riding suit, and her eyes were red. She was looking at Shen Yunqing with tears in her eyes.
At this moment, Shen Yunqing’s heart seemed to stop beating.
Parents’ kindness, and the temporary humiliation, were forgotten by him after seeing his favorite person.
He suddenly stood up and stumbled to the side of the road, ignoring Father Shen’s angry cries behind him and rushing toward Ren Fuling.
Ren Fuling was very sad, and there were tears in her eyes. The tears didn’t fall but fluctuated faintly in her eyes, making her look even more woeful.
Although she was wronged, her head rose proudly like a Queen. Under the gaze of a crowd, she didn’t look at Shen Yunqing on the ground. She only asked, “Since you still miss her, why did you promise me?”
Shen Yunqing’s pride was shattered after seeing his beloved woman.
“I didn’t. It’s my family.”
After that, he ignored the cries of his parents behind him, directly got on the horse, sat behind Ren Fuling, and left with her.
His move directly made Father Shen and Mother Shen almost faint, but Lin Shiheng was kind enough to hold Father Shen.
“Uncle Shen, you still need to stand. Today, our Fang residence is surrounded by people watching. If you fall down today, tomorrow’s newspaper will report that the Shen family’s son had made his parents faint from anger, and our Fang family didn’t care.”
Because of this sentence, Father Shen was able to stand firm, and at the moment, couldn’t care about anything else. Looking at the people pointing at them, he only felt that he couldn’t wait to find a hole in the ground and hide himself.
Lin Shiheng stood at the door, watching the Shen family walk away, picking his eyebrows slightly.
“Go, pass on this matter well today, and focus on Shen Yunqing leaving with a young woman at the entrance of Fang’s residence. After that, say something about how he came to the Fang family to welcome back Miss Fang.”
The boys had already learned to spread gossip all over the city. Now that they had received the order, they answered without even stuttering and obediently went into the house, changed their clothes, and scattered.
Looking at those onlookers scattered about, Lin Shiheng thought of Father Shen’s dark face, snickered, and closed the door.
Rumors spread everywhere. Where could the ‘righteous master’ prove it personally?
Wasn’t the Shen family worried about reputation?
Since it’s like that, let their reputation truly stink.
When Lin Shiheng went back to the yard, Fang Licheng was leaning against the bed and drinking chicken soup. This chicken was raised by Mother Fang long ago and was originally prepared for her confinement. All of them were carefully raised from chicks, and some ginseng was added. It tasted good and could nourish people.
Fang Licheng drank the soup for a few days. In addition to the baby by her side, her mother was full of joy that she could return home, and by letting go of her worries, her face gradually stopped looking pale and slowly regained some rosiness. The numbness between her eyebrows turned into the dullness of seeing the whole world.
Mother Fang was happy from the bottom of her heart for her daughter’s transformation, and she was even more grateful toward Lin Shiheng for inviting famous doctors for Fang Licheng to nourish her body. They used many traditional Chinese medicines and western medicines to nourish the body and put her mind at ease.
Before, she thought that her good daughter had married well, but she came back like this. The little grandson was born without a father. She couldn’t help but show some sadness on her face.
Lin Shiheng stopped her and whispered that Fang Licheng was now at the most sensitive stage. If she perceived her mother’s suffering emotions, he feared that she would be even more uncomfortable.
Mother Fang loved her daughter from the bottom of her heart. After listening to Lin Shiheng’s hour-long persuasion, she finally gave up the uncomfortable feeling in her heart.
Rather than forcing herself not to feel bad, she learned to find her luck in misfortune.
The little maid saw what was going on outside and ran into the room—speaking with a crisp voice, recounting it word for word.
If it were in the past, Mother Fang would cover her heart in tears and scold the Shen family as beasts for trying to force her daughter to jump into a pit of fire. But now, she cursed with joy in her eyes.
“They deserve it! They came here to calculate against my child. Now, so many people saw Shen Yunqing running away with a wild girl! Even if the Shen family could cover the sky with their hands, they won’t be able to save it! “
(TNote: Cover the sky with one’s hand = having the power to do whatever they want/ something like the power of noble people/ the governing of an Emperor.)
“Really not thinking clearly; his brain is muddled. How could people think he is a famous talent? Originally, everything relied on the accumulated reputation, but these days, even if he had talent, his reputation stinks. Now, with such a show, even those literati who also published their divorce would disdain to associate with him.”
Fang Licheng lowered her eyes, quietly drank the chicken soup, and listened to Shen Yunqing’s name being said. But her eyebrows were dull without waves; she didn’t care at all.
But she didn’t show her sadness, which was enough to make Mother Fang happy.
She watched her daughter finish drinking, handed the soup bowl to the little maid, and let her take it away. She held her hand that wasn’t cold anymore because she had been in the warm room.
Her eyebrow showed a smile as she said, “My daughter is lucky; she got out of that big pit early. Wait and see, with such a son, who is the only son of that family, the Shens won’t last long.”
Fang Licheng raised her eyes and whispered, “Daughter knows that reputation is the most important thing nowadays. If the only son of the Shen family makes a mistake, I am afraid that it will also hinder the business of the Shen family.”
Knowing that the Shen family would soon be ruined, Mother Fang was so happy that she couldn’t wait to hang up firecrackers.
“They lost their conscience, and they deserve to become a ruined family. These days, mother inquired about the outside things. I didn’t pay attention before. I didn’t think that there were quite a few literati who were divorced and married others. Only those original families want a reputation. Since they were sent back to their parents’ homes after divorce, they couldn’t even go out. They should have made a scene like our family, so those literati would know that they would be punished sooner or later for doing disgusting things under the banner of the new era!”
Not only Mother Fang, but Fang Licheng had also been reading the old and latest newspapers recently.
When she was raised at home before, she couldn’t read. Then she went to the Shen family, and Shen Yunqing went abroad. She didn’t have the support of her husband and also had to listen to her in-laws.
Even if she wanted to read, she had to learn from her little maid secretly. Now, when she got home, Mother Fang was happy to let her do whatever she wanted, so Fang Licheng continued to learn to read when she was lying in bed.
She did not learn much before; after all, most girls of this time only knew a little. In order to make her happy, Mother Fang especially found a literate lady who came to the mansion to teach every day. With professional teaching, even if Fang Licheng couldn’t get out of bed to study, the number of words she could understand increased day by day.
Mother Fang still couldn’t understand why women should learn Chinese characters. After all, before, the idea that ‘women without talent is a virtue’ had been deeply rooted in people’s hearts. If it weren’t for Father Fang’s love for his daughter, in addition to Mother Fang’s reluctance to foot bind her, Fang Licheng wouldn’t have a pair of beautiful feet she had right now.
(TNote: Foot-binding = the Chinese custom of breaking and tightly binding the feet of young girls in order to change the shape and size of their feet.)
At first, Mother Fang hesitated because it was hard for a woman to find a husband without foot-binding, and she was only able to marry her husband, relying on the fact that they had been engaged since childhood. She had never suffered this pain herself. She didn’t want her daughter to suffer this pain, so she dragged it back day by day. After that, the country was in turmoil, the impact of the western culture came, and foot-binding became a bad tradition. So, it went away.
Mother Fang was now talking about everything in the direction of their good luck. At this moment, she sighed again, “Fortunately, your father was concerned about you and wouldn’t allow you to wrap your feet. Look at what was written in the newspaper. Women’s foot-binding became a reason for divorce.”
“When those girls read it to me, I laughed out of anger. Foot-binding wasn’t voluntary for a woman. When you were a child, I was going to wrap your feet. At that time, you were only three years old. You couldn’t speak so well and cried in pain. Besides, isn’t it still possible to release your feet? Those divorces in the newspaper are all the same. All the mistakes are attributed to the woman.”
Fang Licheng’s eyes also fluctuated a bit. She put the newspaper aside, picked up her sleeping son, and swayed him gently, “I asked, these literati would remarry soon after the divorce, and some of them would even remarry immediately after it was published.”
“The men are of different ages, 20 years old, 30 years old or 40 years old, but the women are teenage girls, like that Ren Fuling. I heard that she is only 17 years old, just in her youthful years, she’s quite a famous talent. I can’t blame her for entering Shen Yunqing’s eyes.”
Having said that, her lips were mockingly hooked up.
They were said to be husband and wife, but in reality, she didn’t get along much with Shen Yunqing, but she also knew something about this person’s temperament. He was conceited with his literary talent, so he liked people with literary talent.
For someone like Fang Licheng, even if he was willing to marry her because she had a beautiful face, she was rejected by him because the outside shined. But the inside had no substance.
In the Shen family, he would put all the faults on Fang Licheng’s illiterate head. When her family picked her up, she came out and looked back; she could see so much more clearly.
If Shen Yunqing really didn’t care about the external appearance and only looked at literacy, why didn’t he ask her if she could read or knew literature when the wedding veil was lifted, and there were only the two of them left in the room?
And why didn’t he ask her father if she could read or write?
Was it just that her father was still around when the marriage was arranged, and Shen Yunqing couldn’t refuse the marriage? When he entered the bridal chamber, he saw her face, and he was greedy and lustful. He couldn’t care less about literary talent.
The mother and daughter talked, and Mother Fang now thought that her daughter was feeling much better. She was in a good mood, and Fang Licheng, who originally felt guilty about causing trouble for her family, also relaxed a lot. The child in her arms showed a little smile on his face.
She didn’t know what the future would be like, and she could live it one day at a time.