These two people were also wearing patched and ragged clothes, with sallow and unhealthy complexions, and the little girl looked very timid as she cringed beside her mother.
When the gathered women heard what Mrs. Li said, the young woman and the mother-daughter pair all greeted Su Tang neatly, but the enchanting woman’s greeting sounded somewhat unwilling.
The people who sold themselves into slavery did so for a variety of reasons. Of course, there were many people who sold themselves just to ensure that they could have another meal to eat, but there were others who thought they would be able to use their beauty to find a better future.
They knew that if they sold themselves into a brothel, there would be no chance for all of their life, but they thought that maybe they could be bought by a big family and maybe have a chance to do something that could give them a chance for a better life.
Su Tang knew what the widow was thinking as soon as she looked at her, so she skipped past her directly. However, the orange cat carefully studied her before saying, ‘This two-legged beast’s waist bones have a serious deficiency.’
When she saw that comment, Su Tang had to stifle her laughter and quickly turn away so she could seriously look at the other women. After giving her greeting, the young woman surnamed Bai stood aside and looked up at Su Tang with eyes full of longing.
Su Tang sighed and asked Mrs. Li, “Why did this Ms. Bai sell herself?”
Mrs. Li immediately explained, “In her family, besides her, there are two younger brothers. Her parents have always been in poor health, so she had always supported the family by herself. However, now her little brother is old enough to marry a wife but has no money, so she sold herself for his sake.”
Su Tang heard that and glanced at the young woman with obscure eyes. A woman who just wanted to support her little brother at any cost, it was really a pity.
“How much is she?” Su Tang had already more or less decided, and asked.
Mrs. Li said hurriedly, “Ah, well, both of these girls cost ten taels of silver.”
“What about the mother and daughter?” Su Tang asked.
Mrs. Li had originally thought that Su Tang wasn’t interested in Zhang Cuilan and her daughter at all, which was why she only introduced the other two. Who knew that Su Tang would ask about them though? Mrs. Li felt happy in her heart and immediately said, “They are the descendants of my good friend so I won’t try to make any money off of them. I bought them both for fifteen taels of silver so, if the miss is willing to buy them, then that’s the price.”
Zhang Cuilan had been staying with Mrs. Li ever since she was sold. The whole time Mrs. Li had provided food and clothing for the mother-daughter pair and, although she couldn’t say she had treated them especially well, she at least didn’t let them starve to death. Which meant she had actually spent more on them than the fifteen taels they had initially cost. Unfortunately, so far no one had been willing to buy the both of them, and the only people that had shown any interest seemed to have other intentions. Mostly, they had other thoughts about her daughter.
Zhang Cuilan was a mother, so how could she be willing to let her daughter suffer like that? Even if she had to become a servant and went on to marry a slave, she had always planned to live a serious and upright life. She had no intention to sell her daughter to some old man.
Mrs. Li was also a mother, and she understood what the other woman was thinking, which was why she was always trying to introduce the two to reliable buyers but, unfortunately, most of those buyers wouldn’t even ask about the price before turning on their heels and leaving.
So now that she heard Su Tang asking for a price, she didn’t try to play any tricks and just directly quoted the exact amount she had spent when she bought them.
Su Tang nodded when she heard this, took another look at the mother and daughter, and then finally said to Mrs. Li, “I’ll take them!”
In the end, Su Tang decided to buy Zhang Cuilan and her daughter. Mrs. Li was surprised and asked, “Miss, you want to buy both of them?”
Su Tang didn’t look like she came from a rich family and Mrs. Li knew that buying an extra little girl like this was tantamount to wasting five taels of silver, so she felt a bit worried.
Su Tang smiled when she saw Mrs. Li’s expression and nodded “Yes!”
Mrs. Li immediately smiled with joy. “Miss, thank you so much, you’re so kind. These two are bound to have a happy life following you in the future.”
After saying that, she hurried over to pull Zhang Cuilan and her daughter, “Why don’t you two salute this miss? Thank her quickly!”
When Zhang Cuilan heard that Su Tang decided to buy her and her daughter, she was also very surprised and just stared at Su Tang in a daze. But when she was reminded by Mrs. Li, she directly pulled her daughter to her knees to salute Su Tang and said. “This slave thanks the miss!”