Friday, June 21, 2019

TWQQF ch 103 - Expansion of The House; A Deal Was Made (16)

The few village women exchanged looks with each other. Shi da niang was the first to speak, “Xiao Xiao, we are okay with your conditions. As long as you will let the girls return at age 14, we don’t have any other asks!”

“Yes, Xiao Xiao, me neither. Bring February Flower back with you to help out with your house work!”

“I agree. Xiao Xiao, if little Spring Flower won’t listen to what you say, feel free to teach her a lesson. I don’t mind!”

Under their promises, Cheng Xiao Xiao sighed secretly. Little Yuteng was right, this was not a bad way to test out the individuals.

She believed their thinking might change in a few years. Cheng Xiao Xiao felt for certain that most of them might even want to say. If these mothers thought they could arrange their lives for them, they might need to rethink that.

“As long as everybody is happy. Mr. Cheng, anything else you want to discuss?” asked the old patriarch courteously.

“Matter of fact, old patriarch, I do. I would like to purchase all the uncultivated land in the village. I hope that you can provide us with an estimation when you have some time so I can buy them from you.”

Cheng Biyuan brought up another issue. Now that the Cheng’s were expending their resident, they need more and more space. So he had decided to purchase all the uncultivated land belonging to the village.

“Do you mean that, Mr. Cheng?” asked the old patriarch incredulously.

It wasn’t just the old patriarch that found that hard to believe, even all the villagers there thought they  have misheard. Willow has a lot of uncultivated land. If the Cheng’s were really going to buy them all, they are looking another lucrative income!

Thinking about all the money that they could make, everybody was so eager that they want to agree to Cheng Biyuan’s asks right away.

Cheng Biyuan nodded seriously at the old patriarch and smiled, “Old patriarch, I won’t joke about something like this. As long as you give me a fair price of the village’s land, I will buy them all from you.”

“Okay, Mr. Cheng. I will take your words for it. Don’t worry. Starting tomorrow, I will walk around and take a look at our surrounding area and quote you a fair price!”

“I thank you in advance for your trouble!”

“Ha Ha Ha. We are family now. No need to be so polite. We should be thanking you for your generosity!”

“Oh, you don’t need to!”

After settling all the open items, the Cheng’s father and daughter bid the old patriarch farewell. The old patriarch walked them out and saw them off.

After they were gone, the old patriarch stroked his beard and smiled, “God is finally giving Willow His blessings!”

“Uncle, I am worry that the entire Willow will be owned by Mr. Cheng in the future!”

The old patriarch turned around after hearing that, looked at his oldest nephew and shook his head, “Oh, Erping, you are on the other side of 30 already. How could you still be so silly? What’s the big deal about Willow Village? What’s wrong with us trying to tie our fortune to Mr. Cheng and hope for the best? Do you want to keep on hunting everyday? You have been doing that for the last twenty plus years, how many days did you have enough to eat? Don’t be so fixated on the old ways if Mr. Cheng has the ability to give us a better future. Think about it, yeah?”

“I know what you mean, but what about all the accomplishments handed down from our ancestors?”

“Bullshit!” The old patriarch was so angry he cussed at him. Pointing straight at his forehead he scolded, “Are you stupid? There will always be ancestors everywhere! What ancestors if there are no more people? When you have earned everything, you can go anywhere you want, and your ancestor’s accomplishment will travel with you. You get that?”

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Translator’s rambling:

It might be customary back then for peasants to sell themselves into a big family, but Cheng Xiao Xiao was a “modern” person. How did she feel comfortable with that so easily? =.= And why wouldn’t the girls choose to stay as maids instead of getting married and having families of their own. Ugh! Okay, maybe because of poverty and going hungry. LOL

Also absolutely no idea what the author was trying to say in the last paragraphed. I translated it as best I could. Hope it make sense to you! ;)


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2 comments:

  1. I hate that one shitty auntie.

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!!

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  2. That old patriarch is brilliant...if only more people thought like that...

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