Sunday, August 4, 2019

TWQQF ch 149 - Shameless Family; Taking a Trip Alone (2)

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Chapter 149 - Shameless Family; Taking a Trip Alone (2)

“Ho ho ho…” chuckled Cheng Xiao Xiao. “What a wonderful suggestion, Innkeeper Zhu. I guess I will have to trouble you to find me all colors of lotuses then. We will certainly invite you over to appreciate the lotuses come summer time!”

“That’s no problem at all, Miss Cheng. Anything that I can do to help. When the pond is ready for fish, I will send over the necessarily items!”

“Well, then, I thank you in advance, Innkeeper Zhu!’

“You are very welcome, Miss Cheng!”

Just when the two were happily jabbering on, a silhouette appeared from the Cheng’s courtyard from the other side. When she caught sight of Cheng Xiao Xiao, she came over immediately.

“Xiao Xiao!”

Sensing the urgency in the voice, Cheng Xiao Xiao turned around. She saw her mother approaching her and couldn’t help but to ask, “Mom, what’s the matter? What happened?”

“What’s the matter? Child you have to ask….?”

Mrs. Cheng was just about to say something before when she caught sight of Innkeeper Zhu so she swallowed her remaining words.

Seeing her reaction, Innkeeper Zhu had an idea of what she wanted to discuss. He greeted her and walked away.

Cheng Xiao Xiao saw that her mother seemed to be displeased. Baffled, she asked, “Mom, what happened?”

“Oh, child, how could you?” complained Mrs. Cheng.”

“What did I do?”

Cheng Xiao Xiao was dumbfounded. She had no idea how she had displeased her mother.

“Oh, child, what was going on? How… how could you….”Mrs. Cheng was so angry that she started to stutter. Finally she forced out a deep breath and said, “Xiao Xiao, how could you sell meals to Associate Dean and his fellows?”

“Mom, why not?” It had finally dawned on Cheng Xiao Xiao that this was the reason her mother was angry at her, “Mom, they came to apologize to us. We didn’t invite them over. It’s only fair to charge them!”

“What do you mean it’s fair? Nobody ask their guests to pay for their meals! This is bad form!”

Mrs. Cheng was anxious and helpless, she continued, “No, when we provide the next meal, you can’t ask them for more items. It’d sound so bad when words got out. It’s not like we can’t afford to provide them meals, there’s no reason to get a bad reputation from that!”

“Mom, this is my decision. I don’t care what others will say about us. It’s not like we can hear them anyway. As long as they want to eat, they must trade for them. I will not provide them meals for free!”

Cheng Xiao Xiao was adamant about that. No matter what, she could not pass on the opportunities for more mystical stones.

“Xiao Xiao….”

“Mom, stop worrying, okay?” Seeing that her mother still has a worried look, she felt a bit helpless, “Mom, you don’t need to be nice to everyone. Some people are just not worth it. As such, why be nice to them? Not to mention that we are not on good terms with the School of Divine Condor one way or another. Do you think they will be appreciative of us if we provide them meals? I don’t think so!

“On top of that, can’t you not tell the nature of these people? Why do you think they are willingly staying at our place? Can you not guess? None of them are nice people!”


Mrs. Cheng knew that she was never able to change Cheng Xiao Xiao’s mind1, especially on her own decisions, she was never one to change her mind. She knew she wouldn’t be able to change her mind this time either, so she couldn’t help but to sigh, “Xiao Xiao, I just meant that it’s not like we can’t afford the meals. When these words got out, they will affect you negatively. You are a girl and you will get married some day. Scandals about you will make your days difficult at your husband’s house. Don’t you understand?”2


Random translator notes:

1.            Is this before or after the transmigration? :D

2.            W.T.F.?

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  1. Mrs. Cheng confuses me.


    1. Same! It’s as if she isn’t an adult with worldly experience.

    2. This is really just a cultural thing. Face is very important in these kinds of stories. One must be a gracious host, even to ride people. Being gracious in the face of rude guests is seen as a virtue. A fuffilling life is getting married and raising kids. The wife will join the husband's family, and will be alone in it. This means the wife's reputation, demeanor all will effect how the husband's extended family see her which can make her life better or worse. People in this kind of setting see this as normal and preferred. So to understand the mother you need to look at it from her side.

      1. They are mistreating guests
      2. Her daughter is passing the age to be married
      3. Her daughter won't get married and won't have a fufilled life.
      4. If she does get married her reputation may lead her to be mistreated by her new family.

      For the people of this era this is all normal. Most people don't have cheat powers. And even if they did the daughters modern sensibility doesn't match what normal people would want out of life. I hope this helps you understand the mother as a character and not think of her as just an idiot rather she is a product of the setting and times.

  2. Mrs. Cheng confuses me. She is stuped?

  3. W.T.F.? ×1000

    "Mother dear, just shut up and sit in the corner to act pretty. No one wants you to think."

    Since the start the only positive thing she did was probably when she choose to keep the snake when Xiao Xiao was giving the family pets. And did not act as a maiden in distress.

    1. Might wanna rephrase that a bit