The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 15 Part 2

Sheng Hong was enlightened and apologetically said towards Governess Kong “Governess’ self-restrain and knowledge are all at the epitome and an example for us all. When you were in the palace, you were asked to and those noble families. What more these few evil creatures, there is no harm in Governess asking.”

Governess Kong swept a look across the four kneeling girls and said “Do you girls know how you have wronged?” The little Lans immediately chorused that they knew their mistakes. Governess Kong then asked “Where have you wronged?” The girls’ expressions changed. The one chewing her lips, chewed harder. The one wiping her tears, wiped harder. The one acted rashly, acted rashly.1 The one that was dazed, was still dazed. Hualan bit her lips and was the first to speak “This daughter knows her mistake. I should not have reprimanded younger sister and stirred up this matter. I apologise for allowing Father and Mother to be angry and worried.”

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 15 Part 1

Governess Kong’s expression turned ugly, merely smiling icily, she swept her eyes over the four girls. Her gaze turned sharp and freezing like a winter’s gale and as her sight swept past them, the four sisters couldn’t help but withdraw themselves, shivering. Unconsciously, they became deathly silent and stood aside well-behaved and respectful but couldn’t help but betray their anxiety.

Currently, only Molan’s soft sobs could be heard echoing through the room, she was gripping a damp handkerchief and crying dainty. She stole a look at Governess Kong, waiting for the Governess to enquire her grievances. Who knew that Governess Kong didn’t spare her a thought. The Governess did not utter a word, strode up and sat on the chair in the center of the room. Governess Kong instructed the young maid to bring four sets of brushes, ink stone and four copies of《Examples for Women》1, neatly arranging it before each of the four girls.

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 14 Part 2

As the lessons continue, the gap in learning achievements and progress were further exaggerated with the difference in ability between sisters, to the point where Molan could no longer keep up with Hualan. This is after all very natural, the learning speed that of an elementary school student compared to a junior high student were fundamentally different. However, Molan who seemed demure was in fact extremely strong-willed, deliberately attaching herself to Hualan’s side and constantly bombarding Governess Kong with questions. At times it was obvious Hualan could progress to the next step but due to Molan’s persistence, Governess Kong could only slow down the lessons.

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 14 Part 1

The next day at the crack of dawn, Minglan excitedly carried her practice book and made her way to the Old Madame planning to conquer the remaining characters from《Thousand Character Classic》in one shot. This was her plan! In the future she need not pretend to be illiterate any longer! When her little stumpy legs took a step into the main hall, she did not expect to see Wang shi come to greet Governess Kong this early. She was surprisingly similar to those victims of natural disasters lining up to receive emergency provisions and were afraid that if they were late, there would be nothing left.

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 13 Part 2

Old Madame Sheng’s mind drifted to memories of her tender and tough youth, feeling a little dispirited. Flinging it to the back of her mind again, she changed the subject. “Alright, let’s speak of this no more, now what do you honestly think of my family?”

Governess Kong rolled her eyes “A total mess, there’s no rules and the first person with no rules is you!” It seemed like she was suppressed for a long time in the capital and finally seized this opportunity to loosen her tongue. Old Madame Sheng was helpless and could only allow her to continue.

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 13 Part 1

Ten days flew by in the blink of an eye until one fine day when the last snowflake fell, Governess Kong that Wang shi had been eagerly awaiting for finally arrived. It was said that her origins were the latter generation of the Shangdong household’s Kong branch family and from a lowly palace maid, she rose all the way to the rank of an illustrious female official. Over the past ten years, the emperor had changed multiple times yet she safely retained her post as an official in the Six Bureau. She resigned a few years ago due to advancing age and retired with honour and favour.

Currently, many duke, marquis, count households and other distinguished families invited various retired palace officials to their houses to instruct their daughters in rules and etiquettes. Minglan reasoned that this would add market value to the girls.

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The Legend of the Concubine’s Daughter Minglan Chapter 12 Part 2

During these past two days of interactions, Old Madame Sheng felt that this ineloquent little granddaughter of hers was a really clever person. She wasn’t like Hualan who could reason with words and also unlike Molan who was perceptive and tactful. Merely silly-looking but there was an inherent charm unexplainable by words. Her childlike words, seem to be nothing out of the ordinary but were very earnest and her face full of seriousness, gave off a hilarious impression.

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