Thursday, 1 December 2016


Chapter 12. Buying Tiles
Translated  by Maggie     Edited by Simple

Buy Tiles
The cart took about more than an hour, to reach the stone quarry.
They passed from the edge of stone quarry village, then turn to a fork in the road, and after walking for about a quarter of an hour, they see a large field in front of the exposed loess.
The middle is wide and flat, one side is the entrance, another side was a high/big pile of well made brick,and another two sides was seven large and small kiln entrance that was dugged along the mountain, next to the kiln entrance was piles of yellow clay, brick mold, wood kiln fire, barrels, tubs, shovels, small carts and other objects. Five or six workers wore patches of brown were busy.
Seeing them come over, the owner, old villager Shi was smiling with both hands covered by the sleeves, greeted: “This brother, here to buy brick or buy tile ah?”
Li Da Mu then laughed: “My neighbor want to repair their roof, specifically came over to buy some tiles.
“Oh, this way please, please! Here we got good mud, kiln are also great, burned/bake out the best quality tiles, and durable, the price is fair, Oh!” old villager Shi smiled and led them to one side, where the pile of tiles were placed.
Lian Fang Zhou smiled: “We have three rooms, one and a half need to re-new tile, i’m afraid the other one and a half have to change some. A total of two rooms will be about it! Probably a total of 50 square. Can you calculate how much we need.”
She shyly smiled as she spoke: “We do not have much, but also embarrassed to talk about the price! You say a fair price and that’s fine! When we build a new house in the future, we’ll come here to patronize you!”
Lian Fang Zhou spoke very clearly, fluent words, like a flowing water and as clear as noonday, making old villager Shi hearing it actually feel startled.
Old villager Shi can’t help but narrowed his half lidded eyes and looked at the girl in front of him, fourteen-year-old age, slightly thin physique, wearing old and clean coarse red floral clothes, clear thin face, a pair of pupils are bright and piercing, compact little lips, wearing a slight smile, hair combed into common rural girl style, completely neat, the whole person reveals a spirit of vigor, making the people that met her can’t help but have good feeling inside.
Old villager Shi couldn’t help laughing, looking at Lian Fang Zhou he said a few “good” word, thumbs up and smiles: “The girl is really clever and refreshingly smart, Oh, I don’t know which family is so blessed , to have such a good daughter! It’s settled, with your words, this old man hearing this feel comfortable, the price I give you the lowest, things also give you the best!”
“Then many thank boss Shi!” Even Fang Zhou laughed as she nodded.
Lian Ze, since the past two days know/got to know Lian Fang Zhou’s tongue/wording, didn’t feel anything, however Li Da Mu like old villager Shi, was stunned!
Lian Fang Zhou’s performance just now overturned/subvert his impression of her in his mind.
If not a person or that person,<<literal ?</if still was human and the same person,appearance didn’t change, and also have Lian Ze by her side, he still have suspicious,if the girl in front him was really Lian Fang Zhou?
Li Da Mu secretly sighed: it seems Yang dissolving the engagement and Hua family’s daughter-in-law creating a scene affect this girl’s stimulation/motivation is really too big!
Old villager Shi smiled as he said, “You’re welcome”, suddenly was in a teasing mood, then turned to Lian Fang Zhou again and smiled: “Little girl ah, my tiles are this big, if you can figure out how many pieces is needed, I will give you another two percent discount, how about it?”
Lian Fang Zhou eyes flashed, but still smiled: “How can I actually calculate that accurately, don’t stop joking/making fun of me.”
Old villager Shi waved his hand, swept away that not long not short of beard of his and laughed:”I am not joking, I’m serious! Haha, in fact, those who can calculate is not bad, as long as the difference isn’t too far/big, then you win!”
Seeing the interest in old villager Shi’s eyes, Lian Fang Chau thought for a moment, then nodded politely chuckle: “That being the case/since it’s like that, then I’ll give it a try, and if I was not accurate, uncle you cannot laugh at me!
Old villager Shi Haha as he laughed: “I won’t, I won’t, you go count for us to see.”
The workers who were working heard this, saw Lian Fang Zhou such a small young girl,can actually also count, couldn’t help be curiosity, have stopped whatever the labour they were doing and gathered around to watch the spectacle, gossiped quietly.
Lian Fang Zhou took a tile, estimated with her finger, calculating the estimate length and width of the good and computed the area, the floor was a thin layer of loess, she readily folded a thin branch and squat down, readily draw on the ground.
All the workers have never seen the arabic numerals(ie 1234…), seeing her on the ground to could not help but “huh” as if feeling/seeing something strange, one can’t help but ask the old villager Shi: “Boss Shi, what is this little girl writing?
“That’s right, what is that word? Really strange!”
“Ain’t that right, never saw it before.”
“I say, is this even a word? Why do I feel this is like the five cloud view of Master Zhang’s painted character ah!
Everyone hearing this, could not help start laughing.
Lian Ze saw them laughing at Lian Fang Zhou can not help but blushed, exclaimed: “Since my sister dare to try, then it’ll work. What are you laughing at? What’s so funny!” tn:so cute <3 wish i had such a cute bro
Everyone heard this and laughed more loudly, while laughing they also tease Lian Ze.
Old villager Shi coughed twice, then it stopped.
Lian Fang Zhou smiled, neither defending herself nor felt embarrassed, but like flow of water, working on it.
In fact, this was a very simple math, just need two or three sentences of work, she has already finished calculating, and smiled as she reported a number. At the same time she stood up conveniently erase the numbers on the ground with her foot.
“That fast?” old villagerShi was stunned, everyone was also shocked.
Calculating without an abacus, but also so fast, was very frightening!
“Boss, is it right, is it right? ” Everyone talked over each other, filled with impatient.
Old villager Shi stared: right or not right, how was he to know? He also need to calculate to know!
Without waiting for his order, a worker have already speedily ran to bring the abacus, handed it to him with both hands.Countless pairs of eyes watched him.
“Sister, did you count it accurately ah?” Lian Ze could not help whispering to Lian Fang Zhou. Li Da Mu was also concerned and looked over.
Lian Fang Zhou neither fast nor slow, glanced at Boss Shi who was on abacus with the beads fly away, smiled and said: “wait til Boss Shi finish counting the we will know it!
Her leisurely look and tranquil smile made the uneasy Lian Ze suddenly settle down, Lian Ze blurted: “I believe that her sister must be right.
“Oh?” Lian Fang Zhou laughed, “Why?”
Lianze stubbornly said: “I do not know, anyway, I believe my sister.”
Lian Fang Chau satisfied nodded and smiled: “Good brother.”
“Amazing! Really amazing!” old villager Shi looked at the figures on the abacus, was shocked speechless.
“It is accurate!”
“No way! It’s right!”
All the workers were also surprised.
Li Da Mu and Lian Ze‘s heart fell to the ground, the two of them looked at each other and laughed/smiled< not sure which one is more fitting>, are happy for Lian Fang Zhou.
Someone could not help but said: “Boss, how about you count it again?
Old villager Shi slapped back of that person’s head, his eyes glared: “You ability killer<tn-to readers, got any better word for this: 杀才>! What? You suspect that I count it wrong!”
“No no … …” The man’s face turned red, hurriedly denied, which attracted everyone laughter.
“What are laugh at! What are laugh at! Still not hurrying to do work!” old villager Shi glared at everyone.
Everyone answered, but could not help but look at Lian Fang Zhou few more times, went away gossiping.
“Boss Shi, does what you have just said,still count?” Li Da Mu laughed.
“Of course!Of course it count” old villager Shi simply nodded, toward the Lian Fang Zhou he put up a thumb: “Miss Lian is really the most intelligent girl I have ever seen , really! But, Miss Lian, just now the drawing on the ground. What are those thing?”

1  (TL/N: Something like this.)

Simple here: Sorry everyone for the late edited release, I had RL problems, for now everything is taken care of; so I should be able to get these chapters edited the day Maggie is done TLing them.


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    1. I'm glad there are some nice strangers too. Old villager Shi is very amiable.

  2. Thank you very much! <3

  3. as always thank you for the amazing chapter :3
    Happy Holiday!!

  4. Thank you!Always looking forward to your wonderful translations 🌈🌈🌈

  5. Yay! Can't wait to see more of her brilliant minds at work!

  6. thanks a lot!
    ooh, nice! she made a good impression on a useful connection!

  7. Woohoo!!! A nice stranger!!! Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!!

  8. This needs to be HEAVILY edited.

  9. Edited by Simple?... More like edited by Simple Minded. If you want your name at the top of the chapter, then donate or something. Don't pretend that your editing when you're not. This chapter is filled with so many basic errors that the translator should be embarrassed they allowed you to "edit". A ten year old child wouldn't make this many mistakes. It's obvious you didn't bother to edit anything here.

    Hey translator. I don't know if you're still using this so called editor, but if you are, GET RID OF THEM. Doesn't matter if they're your buddy or something. They're absolutely destroying the work you're putting into this novel.

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    2. Sorry, forgot to give an example before publishing the comment. Look at this "paragraph".

      "If not a person or that person,<<literal ?</if still was human and the same person,appearance didn’t change, and also have Lian Ze by her side, he still have suspicious,if the girl in front him was really Lian Fang Zhou?"

      ....WHAT!? There are AT LEAST seven mistakes in this paragraph/sentence or whatever it is, since the person who wrote this seems to think peppering commas into a sentence somehow makes it a paragraph.

      At the bottom of this chapter, I also read..

      "Simple here: Sorry everyone for the late edited release, I had RL problems, for now everything is taken care of; so I should be able to get these chapters edited the day Maggie is done TLing them."

      Actually calling this an edited release... Should be ashamed of yourself.

      P.S. Above comment was deleted by me, not the author. Weird that it says that. Can't seem to figure out how to edit these comments, so had to delete it and make a new one.