Before being sold as a slave, Zhang Cuilan had been responsible for similar household purchases in the past. So, yesterday, she had been able to find all the things Su Tang had instructed her to buy without problems.
On top of that, she remembered every detail clearly and was able to give Su Tang an exact account of all the money she spent. “Because I bought so much oil at once, the store discounted me a few copper coins, so in total, I spent 330 copper coins. Here are the leftover 670 copper coins. Young Miss, take a look.”
Zhang Cuilan quickly gave the leftover money back to Su Tang. Su Tang briefly looked over the money before taking out two copper coins and giving them to Zhang Cuilan. “Well done. Here, reward.”
“This servant…” Seeing Su Tang actually wanted to give her a reward, Zhang Cuilan felt very startled and didn’t dare to accept it immediately.
Yesterday, she had been was frightened by Su Tang’s serious warning. Then, after that, she and her daughter had been busy all afternoon, before falling asleep on the brand-new bedding that night. Things had changed too suddenly, their living conditions becoming very good and very satisfying overnight, to the point that it made her nervous, as if she were living in a dream.
Plus, she had originally thought Su Tang was a very strict master, so she didn’t expect to be rewarded immediately like this. Su Tang more or less saw through her thoughts, but she just smiled faintly before saying, “Of course, there are rewards for doing good work, and punishments for doing poor work. So take it.”
After being prompted a second time Zhang Cuilan accepted the two copper coins. Inside, she thought that she could save this money and maybe eventually buy something nice for her daughter to wear. She gave a satisfied smile and said. “This servant thanks the young miss for the reward. Would you like to go and take a look at the oil I purchased?”
“In a while.” Actually, as early as when she had stepped through the door, Su Tang had already asked the orange cat to go take a look at the oil and help her exchange it for the oil she had squeezed out beforehand with the oil press inside the space.
As for the oil bought from outside, she would just sell it to the space. Although she would only get half the amount of points for seeling things from outside as compared with when she sold things grown inside the space itself, it was still better than nothing.
She had to make sure her soap recipe wasn’t casually leaked out, so Su Tang had deliberately bought many different kinds of oils. This way if anyone wanted to try to copy her recipe just by looking at her purchases and trying to mix the ingredients together by trial and error it would be impossible.
As for the alkaline noodles, she had been buying them bit by bit for a while now and she didn’t actually need that many to make her soap. What she had on hand was enough for a while at least.
The orange cat had told her that there was no problem with any of Zhang Cuilan’s purchases, so Su Tang had given her two copper coins as a reward. If her people did well, she would reward them, and if they did poorly, she would punish them. That was Su Tang’s principle.
When Zhang Cuilan saw that Su Tang and Su Nuo were busy and didn’t need her, she silently retreated. She went to find her daughter Baohe and told her to watch over the brother and sister pair and come tell her if they needed anything while she went out to take over drawing water from the well. When she saw that, Su Tang smile, it seemed that her new servant was very diligent.
When only Su Tang and her brother were left in the room, she took out a brush, ink, paper, and an inkstone that she had prepared beforehand, as well as a copy of the Three Character Classic.
“Xiao Nuo, from today on, I will begin to teach you how to read and write. Then, after the new year, I will send you to the academy to study.” Su Tang put all the tools in front of Su Nuo as she spoke.
“So I can start studying now?” The little guy looked at the writing tools lined up in front of him and smiled. At the thought that he could also finally learn to read and write, Su Nuo laughed happily. Su Tang had gone out and bought all of these tools yesterday and, although they weren’t the best quality, they were enough for someone just starting to learn like Su Nuo.
Su Nuo still remembered that he had promised his sister that he would become a high-ranking official one day in the future. However, he had listened to Mr. Song teaching his sister from the door every day for a while now and he could never understand anything that was being said, so he had almost begun to think that maybe he was just too stupid. He hadn’t expected that his sister would suddenly want to teach him today.
When she saw the little guy’s small round eyes which were wide with surprise and excitement, Su Tang pinched his little cheek and nodded firmly. “Yes, from today on, your sister will start teaching you. We’ll begin with the Three Character Classic.”
In fact, Su Tang herself had never wanted to spend her time learning under a teacher at all. How many years had she spent in various schools in her previous life already? Hadn’t she already received enough education, ah~?