Saturday, 30 June 2018


Grammarly approved editing (the last one has also been edited) but human is prone to err... So point out the mistake if spotted.

45. The couple started fighting

On the inside, Third Aunt was secretly smirking while sobbing with her face in hands. And she kept on saying that sister-in-law is bullying her, a pitiful woman with a deceased husband and no home to return to as she cried so tragically.

Mrs. Qiao was jumping mad.

"Shut your mouth!" Suddenly Lian Li thought of something, he glared at Mrs. Qiao and bellowed. With no room for discussion, he raised his hand and gave her two big slap and scolded: "I really can't stand it anymore, are you treating me like a dead man? Because thinking of all these years of marriage, I endure and endure. In the hope that a family in harmony will prosper. While you, the more I let you be, the more ruckus you make! No matter what, Xiao Man is my little sister. You continuously insult her, do you even place me in your eyes?"

With just a few sentences, Lian Li push all the blame to Mrs. Qiao's shoulders. Including last time, that was Mrs. Qiao's idea.

"!" Mrs. Qiao was stunned. She stared at Lian with wide eyes in disbelief. He slapped her! For that little bitch, he hit her in front of so many people.

Her two cheeks started to sting painfully, then she recovered her wits and yelled as she hysterically rushed at Lian Li: "I'll fight it out with you!"

At this moment, she is mad with fury inside. Her movement also carries a hint of unrestrained rage. With one charge, she caused Lian Li to crashed to the ground.

Deeply angered, Lian Li scolded her a dead bitch, can't even see the hint, useless!

Compare to a son's clean reputation and future, what does this little flesh suffering worth? Who told her to scold other and made a move and create a weakness? If he doesn't hit her as a show to calm Third Aunt's anger, then tomorrow she would go to the County with that dead girl, Lian Fang Zhou. Everything would over if it implicates son's reputation and future.

"You still dare retaliate!" In a very sorry state, Lian Li drag himself up from the ground. He seized Mrs. Qiao's arm and hollered: "See if I divorce you!"

While Lian Li scold and shout at her, he kept on giving her winks. But at this moment, Mrs. Qiao is entirely crazy, On top of that Lian Li was trying not let other see the hint. So Mrs. Qiao didn't see the not so obvious wink. She crazily screamed as well as sobbingly yelled as she continuously clawed and kicked.

Mrs. Qiao only knows that under everyone gaze, she has suffered her husband's merciless scolding and two slaps. Right now, she wants to slap him back for revenge viciously.

When Lian Li said divorce her, Mrs. Qiao's whole body was rooted to the spot. Inside she was frightened, then followed by more resentment: For him, she birthed a son, and for him, she diligently manages the family for so many years. Now he said he wants to divorce her!

"You heartless man! You... what have I done wrong for you to said such heartless words! Tomorrow I'll go reason with my son! I can't live anymore! Can't live anymore!" Sitting down, Mrs. Qiao slapped the ground as she wailed.

In this age, women are most afraid of divorce the most. Especially Mrs. Qiao, whose age is very big. If she was divorced, first let's not mentioned she couldn't hold her head up, she also doesn't even have a place for shelter.

Even if she has her maternal family, just by looking at Third Aunt, you'll know it isn't easy to return to the maternal family. So what if she has brothers, there's also sisters-in-law! No one would be willing to give their food to take care of a married off daughter for free.

So when Lian Li said the word divorce, Mrs. Qiao was scared inside. Her courage was no longer like a while ago and also dare not hit Lian Li.

Everyone hearing Lian Li says this was startled. Everyone look at each other: Words like divorce isn't something lightly mentioned. They can't help also have some opinion about Lian Li. They were husband and wife for decades, and it makes people heart cold.

Lian Li's word was just a thoughtless threat. Now he carelessly said it; it's too late to take it back even if he wants to. Inside he became even more anxious and angry. He got a stomach full of resentment that he wish to vented at Mrs. Qiao: if she didn't make a scene, how would matters end up like this?

Hearing that she want to find their son to complain, Lian Li was so furious that he nearly passed out: She doesn't have her son's future in mind!?

In a sorry state, Lian Li stood there, fiercely glared at her, face completely red and the nose was taking a deep breath: This crazy woman is out of control! She attacked without restraint!

Immediately some women were coming forward to lift Mrs. Qiao up; all kindly coaxed her. There were also others prompt Lian Li.
Third Aunt saw the couple fighting, and she was overjoyed. She then went over to Mrs. Qiao and choked down on a sob: "Sister-in-law, quickly stand up! The ground is cold; it'll be bad if you got sick! It's probably a joke when Elder brother talks about divorce. Sister-in-law, no need to be afraid!"

She also sighed: "It's all because of me! It's all my fault! If it weren't because of me, Elder Brother wouldn't say this kind of word! Sister-in-law wouldn't be like this! Oh, let's leave it! One phrase Elder Brother said is right, a family in harmony will prosper!"

"That's right!"

"Your family's Third Aunt is right!"

Everyone seeing how understanding and reasonable Third Aunt was, all nodded and sighed.

Only, just Mrs. Qiao saw Third Aunt's corner of mouth flashed into a smirk very quickly and hearing her say these words, the hint of ridicule thicken.

She was immediately livid mad. With a whoosh, she suddenly stood up from the ground and pointed at Third Aunt and screamed: "You wretch, when did you get to have a say in my family matters!"

"Shut your mouth for me!" When Third Aunt spoke like that, Lian Li was relieved and want to say a few right words to let the matter pass. However, he never thought that before he could release a sigh of relief, Mrs. Qiao was causing trouble again.

Lian Li flared up, and it was worse than before. He went up with raise hand and smack Mrs. Qiao with two loud slaps. Pa! Pa! And admonish her: "Have you lost mind!? What nonsense are you speaking!"

After Mrs. Qiao screamed, those women, who came forward to lift her up and coax her, frowned. They silently shift back. This kind of person, who would be willing to stand by her side?

When Lian Li gave the two slaps, he gave a forceful wink. Finally, Mrs. Qiao saw it.

Stocked still for a second before Mrs. Qiao recovers her wits. She immediately understood what was happening and couldn't help feel regretful now. And then she hated Third Aunt even more.

At this time she no longer fought with Lian Li but the flame of anger and unhappiness inside didn't extinguish at all.

It's because she couldn't explode at Lian Li who have hit her, this made her even more upset.

Four crisp slaps! Not one bit of pretending! At this moment her two cheeks were hurt like needles pricked it.

Mrs. Qiao hated Third Aunt with all her soul.  She stood there with head lowered and gritted teeth. She didn't move at all.

"If you dare say any more nonsense, I will not let you off!" Lian Li sternly berate Mrs. Qiao with few sentences and also turned to Third Aunt. With an apologetic smile, he said: "Xiao Man ah, I'm sorry. Your Sister-in-law is frank and outspoken. She handles matters crudely and doesn't use brain, so don't take offense! How about come live with us, take it as us compensating you..."

Lian Li was looking at Third Aunt with a face full of sincerity and expectant. Seeing this, Third Aunt felt her hair stood on end and got chill all over her body.

She subconsciously took a few steps back, and in a warm tone, she sighed: " Since Elder Brother said it like this, what else can I say? The sky is about to darkened, Elder Brother and Sister-in-law should return. I'm living comfortably at Fang Zhou's home, so no need to trouble Elder Brother and Sister-in-law."

Third Aunt said it politely and turned toward everyone and gave her thanks and left.

Everyone saw that she left, they also scattered.

Lian Li lightly breathed ou. He knew that Third Aunt wouldn't live at his place and just by looking at her face these days, you can see that she isn't living too bad. She likes to take advantage, so could she bare to leave?

"Let's return too!" Lian Li glare at Mrs. Qiao and heavily harrumphed.

Mrs. Qiao's face was swollen red and searing with pain. She vehemently spat at the ground and turned around to enter the yard.

"It's because you meddle too much! For no reason, why provoke her? She's living her life, how does it bother you!?"

Once enter the yard, Lian Li dropped his expression and berated Mrs. Qiao.

Mrs. Qiao halted then cried with injustice: "When did I provoke her? I wish for her not to cross our house door path when walking around from now on. I can't hide from her enough, so why would I provoke her?"

"You didn't?" Lian Li was surprised, then continued. "If you didn't provoke her, then why did she come over and make a scene?"


Tuesday, 12 June 2018


Grammarly approved editing

44.Third Aunt ‘s altercation with Mrs. Qiao

However, Lian Fang Zhou stopped him. She told him: "You're completely innocent. You are dignified and rightly staying at our home. I'm not even afraid, so why would you? If you left at this time, wouldn't it make it even more unexplainable! It's better that you stay. After a while, everyone will naturally understand your character."

Not know why, but the appearance of Ah Jian is visible evidence right now. Whoever saw him before would realize he is a straightforward and upright person. Even Aunt Zhang didn't say anything about him staying in their home out of goodwill.

Not only does Lian Fang Zhou persist on Ah Jian staying, but she also didn't allow Lian Ze go to bother Mrs. Qiao. Instead, she troubled Third Aunt to instigate.

Third Aunt looked forward to the chance of going to Mrs. Qiao and berated her. She clapped her hands in joy and said to Lian Fang Zhou before heading to Lian Li's house: "Fang Zhou, wait right there! That wicked heart dead bitch, she can't stand seeing others well off!"

Third Aunt headed to Lian Li and Mrs. Qiao's yard and sat at the entrance. She slapped her thigh and started wailing. Crying that her brother and sister-in-law are heartless, seeing that she is suffering and ignore it. With much difficulties, she finally settled down at her nieces' and nephews,' and they started to instigate incidents with all possible method again. They can't stand seeing her well off and start a rumor to create trouble, ruining the nieces' and nephews' reputation. How frightening these intentions are, to not care about the blood relationship between them.

Initially, Third Aunt's sharp tongue is very unforgiving, that's why there's discord between her and her in-law. Before coming here, she got some pointer from Lian Fang Zhou, and she is also someone who goes all out and harbor deep hatred toward Mrs. Qiao. So she spares no effort when she bawled.

She cried and yelled at the top of lungs by herself, not caring that Mrs. Qiao can't discern what is happening. Everyone spectating felt pity for her the more they hear her complain in tears and started whispering. The eyes glancing at Mrs. Qiao changed.

Seeing the situation, Lian Li and Mrs. Qiao became angry, distressed and mad. They were impatient to pull Third Aunt into the house and then talk.

It's just that there's the ethic of no close contact between male and female once they're seven, even if Lian Li is her older brother.  He is still a male. Also though the countryside isn't very particular about virtues, but the main rules still cannot be broken. Under everyone's gazes, it's not convenient for him to pull Third Aunt himself.

First, let's not talk about the problem of manners, but he's very sure if he dares to reach out his hand to pull, his sister will take the opportunity to wail out slanders.

No other way, only Mrs. Qiao could up to pull her. Mrs. Qiao even hoped for Third Aunt to resist. Making a move to fight with her would be even better.

However this time, Third Aunt became clever, when Mrs. Qiao came to pull her, she dodged instead of resisting. Not going as Mrs. Qiao wished, starting a fight.

Mrs. Qiao became mad and anxious. Both hands held her arm in a death grip and yelled. "I say, Third Aunt, if you have something to say then stand up first! Making a scene like this, what does it look like? Don't act so shamelessly! Even if you don't give us face, at least save your face!"

"AHH... AHH.." Third Aunt screamed in pain. As she struggled, she yelled: "Let go, let me go! You're squeezing me to death! It hurt like hell!"

"I didn't even..." Hearing Third Aunt was shouting and yelling as she accused her, Mrs. Qiao was so angry. Just when she about refuted her, a 'rip' could be heard. Third Aunt's sleeve has been torn off by her!

Mrs. Qiao was immediately stunned on the spot.

Third Aunt quickly took back her arm, and shouted even louder: "Sister-in-law! How vicious! Don't think because you have a son studying for xiucai exam, that you can act so condescending! I let you know since you treat your sister-in-law so black-hearted like this, other people could say 'How could a son from this family possibly have any good character or conduct? And also what qualification to take the Xiucai exam?'. Then your son can forget about it. Under everyone's face, you dare secretly viciously pinch me, wring my flesh and rip off my clothes. If no one were here, then wouldn't you have killed me? I ... I shall go to the County School and discuss with the school teacher tomorrow!"

Third Aunt smirked inside. If she didn't make perfect preparation, would she have come? If Mrs. Qiao didn't make a move, then it's okay. But once she makes her move, her clothes would split into a big gap.

Seeing Mrs. Qiao's face going from green to white from anger, Third Aunt was delighted inside!

Everyone spectating couldn't help gasp and looked at each other: Mrs. Qiao have a venomous heart! In the beginning, she was resolute in not letting sister-in-law enter. Now she even tore off sister-in-law's clothes and also wring her. Really-
Immediately someone came over and supported Third Aunt up and with light and sweet voice, she comforts her. And they also helped sort out the clothes and hair.

Remembering Lian Fang Zhou's words, Third Aunt immediately made her appearance pitiful with the trickling tears and choking weep. Wanting to cry but not as she gave her thanks. This made everyone sighed continuously.

Mrs. Qiao was having a fit. She has never be wronged like this before. Seeing Third Aunt like this, she was so mad that her blood pressure was rising. Pointing at her, she yelled with hatred: "You dead shrew, pretending to be pitiful! Just now, who didn't see you being so unruly? There's no use acting! I didn't pinch you and also didn't use any strength. Your clothes were flimsy. Now you're blaming this old lady!"

"Don't want people to live!" Immediately Third Aunt covered her face and sobbed: "The reason I was unruly is that if I don't be unruly how do I deal with people like you? It was you ripping my clothes, and now you turn it around to bite me. Truly vicious! Tomorrow I must go to the county academy and ask the teacher, how could a son raised by this family take xiucai exam and become an official? The proverb is right, those in subordinate positions will follow the example set by their superiors. If he gets the Xiucai, then wouldn't it be worse! Don't talk about me; even the whole village be bully to death by your family!"

When they heard this, everyone faces wholly changed, and all can't help but discuss. Started talking about Mrs. Qiao being at fault.
Initially, everyone towards Mrs. Qiao boasting about her son having good grades at the county academy and usually receive the teacher's compliment, felt envious. Now hearing these words, how could it not become worse? And what's more, if her son passes Xiucai and becomes an official in the future, let's not talking about him, just with his parents, who knows how they would bully people!

Hearing this, Lian Li also become a bit perturbed. He went up and roared at Third Aunt: "Don't speak nonsense here! Hmph, you think anyone can enter the county's academy just because they want to? The teacher there care about the grades, what does it have to with other things? Hmph, if you have the skills then go try!"

"Alright!" Third Aunt raised her voice: "This is what you said! Tomorrow I'll go. Wait for it. I'll go! I don't believe I can't get into the academy and can't ask the teacher!"

It's not that Third Aunt isn't fearful inside. What kind of place is the county academy? How could she dare throw a fit there?

But Lian Fang Zhou said it wouldn't be a problem to tell it like this, so she picks up her courage saying this.

Initially, Lian Li just wanted to scare her, thinking that if he says it like this and she'll become afraid. Instead, it provokes her to go. 

Internally Lian Li became even more agitated.

Especially when he recalls the current Lian Fang Zhou, don't know why he believes Lian Fang Zhou is someone who isn't afraid of trouble.

He started to feel regrets, if he knew early why would he say such ruthless words to stimulate Third Aunt?

If they take the matter to the academy, first let's not talk about who's wrong, it would affect his son! And more or less, from the beginning, his wife is in the wrong in this matter

Let's not discuss whether she pinched Third Aunt or not, but she indeed did rip Third Aunt's sleeve! Can't even deny it since everyone saw it.

If Third Aunt was provoked to go, then it's hard to say what'll happen to his son's future.

At this moment Lian Li resent Mrs. Qiao to death. Now really don't know what to do.

Xiucai-Literal meaning- distinguished talent or another name for student member for this degree.

Degree in exam system in ancient China: Tongsheng, Xiucai, Juren, Gongshi, Jinshi. (ref: