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But she thought about Zi You’s age and said, “But You’er is too young. She’s only twelve years old. I’m afraid that Old General will be reluctant to let her go. Moreover, Jun’er just became a Juren [successful candidate in the imperial provincial examination]. We don’t know if he can succeed in the imperial examination three years later. If he cannot, would Old General like him? Let’s wait until I ask Nee Liu about it.”
Old General immediately said, “It’s not impossible, but tell her that You’er’s future husband cannot have tongfangs or concubines.”
Nee Liu was embarrassed to death. How was she supposed to tell Duke Anguo furen this? Not all men were loyal in love like her husband and father-in-law. She had no choice but to lie.
“Sister-in-law, you know how much my father-in-law dotes on You’er. I told him that You’er is already twelve years old and that we should look around for a future husband for her.
“But father-in-law immediately became angry and said to me, ‘I will set an engagement for You’er after she reached the marriageable age of fifteen. I will never let her marry early.’ It was as if I couldn’t wait to marry You’er off. How could I dare to say anything more?”
Nee Liu’s lie made Duke Anguo furen unable to say anything more. Nee Liu returned and didn’t mention this matter anymore. In the end, Old General Mu misunderstood and thought that Duke Anguo did not agree to this matter. He was angry for several days.
In the end, Zi You and Zhao HongXiang were engaged. Like Zi You, Old General Mu was deceived by Zhao HongXiang in her previous life too. But Zi You used many schemes in this lifetime to reveal Zhao HongXiang’s lecherous character. Old General Mu already despised him. Why would he marry his precious granddaughter to him? If Zi You did not persuade him, he would never agree to this ridiculous marriage.
When Duke Anguo furen found out that Zi You was engaged to Zhao HongXiang, she did not understand. “Sister-in-law, didn’t you tell me that Old General wanted to keep You’er by his side until she turns fifteen? Why did she suddenly get engaged to Duke Yongnan Shizi? Chongxi! How could he think of that? Isn’t Old General worried that You’er would suffer marrying such a selfish person?”
Nee Liu was angered to death. She replied, “We’ve been forced by the wangzis and Shizi. Father-in-law had no other way and wanted to avoid those people. Just then, Duke Yongnan came to beg father-in-law and said that his son loved You’er. He begged father-in-law to help his son on account of him being ill.”