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Uncle Zhang took fifteen coins out and handed them to Liu Si. He asked, “Why are these people outside YuanQiu’s house and haven’t started work yet?”
Liu Si was a mason who knew how to build houses. He had made a lot of money with his skills. He could be considered one of the “wealthy” households in the village.
Demolishing and rebuilding YuanQiu’s house was Liu Si’s job, so of course, Uncle Zhang asked him.
Liu Si curled his lips and said very disdainfully, “Xia Tieniu’s family blocked our way and wouldn’t let us tear the house down. They said that it is Xia family’s house, so outsiders cannot decide. What a joke. When YuanQiu and her brother were starving, did they give them a meal?
“I still remember that when YuanHao was sick last winter. YuanQiu braved the snow to go to their house to borrow money to go see a doctor. That family sat in front of the fire and ate sunflower seeds. They didn’t even open the door to see YuanQiu. Fortunately, YuanHao recovered. Now, when the siblings are doing well, they come here to make a scene. How cheap of them.”
YuanQiu knew that Liu Si deliberately said this for her to hear. Liu Si accepted her money to rebuild her house, so he naturally wanted to curry favor with her. This wasn’t strange at all.
But she felt very refreshed to hear him speak about Xia Tieniu’s family like that. She smiled and jumped off the ox cart. “Uncle Zhang, take the ox cart to your house, lest some people get ideas over it. I’ll go take a look at what’s going on.”
“Jie, I’ll go with you.” YuanHao also jumped off the other ox cart and stood by YuanQiu’s side.