FH chapter 12: 套 話

Formalities/Protocol/Set phrases

After leaving Granny Xu’s house, Liu carefully holds the bundle and they go straight to the Li family’s house.
It took too long to get out so it was late in the morning and since the family had to prepare dinner, it was up to Liu to prepare the stove.


As they walked along the dirt road in the countryside, the smell of cooking smoke rose from every house in the village, and the fragrance of rice and vegetables wafted in.
The children are piled up, laughing  in groups of three or four, quiet and peaceful.
In her previous life, Li Haitang, who was a busy person, felt the beauty of simplicity.


“Haitang ah, there are two more days after today, the 13th of September, an auspicious day!”


Unfortunately, someone always pops up to spoil the mood.
Liu rubbed her hand over the package, beaming with joy, “I see that you still have bruises and strangulation marks on your neck.
The ointment given by Granny Xu is just right for your neck, so don’t let Mr.
Qin be unhappy during the wedding.”


Li Haitang silently put up a middle finger in her heart, her heart was restless, there were still two days to go before the wedding, but hatefully, by the time she was transmigrated over was too late, she only had a chance to walk around the village, she hadn’t planned her escape route yet.


She hasn’t seen her little brother.
She has no money, she has many problems on all sides, and she is not in a position to escape at all. 


If she forced herself to run away, she might have been trafficked by a man, because of her good looks, kidnapped and sold in the red-light district.
That would be a tragedy.


“Auntie, where has my little brother been sent by grandma?”


Li Haitang still had a glimmer of hope and wanted to find out some information from Liu’s side.


“They said she had sent him to a relative’s house.
We’re all descendants of the Li family, so he will not be treated badly.
Just feel at ease, go ahead and get married!”


It was unknown if Liu really isn’t familiar with the situation or if she is just being perfunctory, Li Haitang is unsure, but her little brother Li Jin Hu is in a better position than she is.


Liu is right, once her father died, her little brother became the only son and heir.
Old Mrs Li is a patriarchal woman who regards men as superior to women.
She treats her like grass, but won’t do anything to Li Jin Hu.
At most, she had to depend on others for living.
She will not have enough to eat or wear, but she will not be in danger of dying.


Li Haitang feels that she should adjust her plan.
If she marries into the Qin family, she will have no luck.
She doesn’t need to expect the Li family to take care of her.
If she leaves the dragon’s den, she will enter the tiger’s den.
She may not have the fortune to enjoy a good life.


The most important thing at the moment is to escape before she gets married.
When she has settled down and found a place to settle down, she will find a way to bring her little brother back.
After all, she can’t let him stay with the Li family and suffer.


As soon as she entered the Li family’s courtyard, Li Haitang felt an oppressive feeling on her face.Old Mrs.
Li was standing in the courtyard with her arms crossed, and when she saw them, she started to scold them, “You still know how to go back? Did you go out for a day to drink the wedding wine at Sun’s widow’s house?”


“There’s work all around the house, you let me, an old woman doing it? Liu, I’ll have to talk to the boss.
If I can’t, I’ll send you back to your mother’s house!”


By selling Li Haitang, the family would have money, and Madame Old Li felt confident (know how things stand and feel confident of handling them; be fully prepared for what is coming) that she could find her son, an 18-year-old maiden girl as his wife. 


Liu shook her sleeve and promised to do so, but she didn’t dare to speak out loud, be a yes-man; be blindly subservient to her mother-in-law, for she had married into the Li family and had been living in misery! When she finally gets rich, will she be driven back to her mother’s house? No such way!


Don’t look at the old lady as a tough woman, but how many years can she be alive? She has put up with it now, but the Li family will be her domain in the future.


“Grandma, I’m back.”


Li Haitang, with head hanging—dejected, greeted her and went in automatically.
There were still two days left and time was tight.
We must at least get some money, otherwise we will go out empty-handed or we won’t be able to leave Li village. 


The ideal is rich, but the reality is bleak.
The original owner’s attempt to stir a problem by hang herself already beat the grass and startle the snake—act rashly and alert the enemy.The Li family have worked hard to keep her under guard, and in the two days before the wedding therefore she has no chance to leave the house, and even stealing the silver has become a delusion.


All the money of the Li family is locked in a box, and only the old lady of the Li family has the key in her hand.
Moreover, it was hung around her neck, so Li Haitang did not even have the chance to get close to it, and even when she went to the toilet, she was guarded.


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