The little girl’s crisp voice began to read aloud, and as Song Yi listened he became more and more surprised.
This activity actually wasn’t too challenging for Su Tang. She had worked in Hong Kong for two years during her previous life so she not only knew how to read traditional characters, she could also write them a little bit. And it seemed that the characters people used to write with here in the Qihuang Kingdom were the same as the traditional Chinese characters she had learned while working in Hong Kong. So if you asked her to learn this stuff all over again, Su Tang really just wanted to cry.
Actually, she had noticed something very mysterious when she read the Three Character Classic just now, and it happened again as she read the Thousand Character Classic. She found that was actually able to perfectly remember anything after reading it just once for some reason. It was strange because she clearly remembered that she hadn’t had such a good memory back when she was taking the college entrance examination in her previous life. If she had such a memory back then, why would she have gone after a fashion degree? With this kind of ability, she would have been able to directly go to Tsinghua or Peking University, and then from there, she would have been able to walk to the pinnacle of life with ease.
Another half-hour passed and Su Tang finished reading the Thousand Character Classic. As soon as she finished she angrily held out her hand to Song Yi and grunted, “Silver!”
Seeing his disciple’s amazing talent, Song Yi was in a state of disbelief, and he was only shocked back to reality when his disciple suddenly stuck out her hand and asked him for money. When he heard that, he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry, and he shouted “You! You!”
But he still fished out a silver ingot and put it in the little girl’s hand before he looked at her and asked. “Is this the first time you’ve seen the Thousand Character Classic and the Three Character Classic?”
Song Yi was very surprised right now. If Su Tang told him that she had already read these books he wouldn’t be too surprised because, after all, they were introductory texts that almost every child used when they first learned to read. So if Su Tang had learned to read from someone else in the past, it was logical that she would have probably started with those two books.
However, Song Yi clearly felt that Su Tang wasn’t actually familiar with the two books. She was able to read them out like that only because she recognized the characters and read them out as she saw them. She didn’t have the air of a child who had memorized them beforehand at all.
That was why he was so surprised. It seemed that she hadn’t already memorized the two books, but she already knew all the characters. He really wanted to know how this child had learned in the past so that she could read properly, but her handwriting was so ghastly.
“Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve seen them, I can recite them out for you right now if you want, master.” Su Tang firmly denied his speculation immediately. Anyway, she really did memorize them after seeing them once so, even if she was killed, she would say that she had already memorized them from somewhere before. After all, it was something that was impossible for Song Yi to investigate her claim and, even if he did, in the worst case, she could just push the blame off on the River God. It wouldn’t be the first time.
The orange cat was laying down nearby, and he was speechless because of his master’s evasive behavior, as well as because of the way she kept thinking in circles about why her memory had improved. Eventually, he directly reminded her, ‘Did you think my space was only for growing radishes? You should know, this is just the beginning. After you upgrade even more, you will experience more magical effects.’
When Su Tang saw what the orange cat said she rolled her eyes and replied. ‘You four-legged beasts are so cunning to withhold this kind of information. If I had known I had this ability, would I have bothered making clothes? I could just go out and copy books! That should be worth at least a silver or two per book!’
The orange cat retorted: ‘Do you really dare to copy books?’
Who was she kidding? With Su Tang’s handwriting, maybe she would dare to copy things down, but would anyone else dare to read it?
“You… master can still punish you.” Song Yi immediately saw that Su Tang didn’t want to admit it, but he knew in his heart that the little disciple he had accepted on a whim was really not an ordinary person, but a truly rare genius.
Su Tang laughed. “How could master bear to punish me?”
Song Yi looked at the girl’s attitude and finally sighed, “Well, that’s fine.”
After discovering that Su Tang had such talent Song Yi was very excited at first. After all, someone so talented was something very rare, and they were the best kind of material for teaching. But then when he asked Su Tang about her talent, she didn’t admit to it at all, which cause him to think a bit further.
After hearing his disciple’s response, Song Yi had calmed down a bit. Su Tang was just an ordinary peasant girl, so having a reputation as a rare genius might actually be a burden for her. Perhaps it would be more of a blessing for her if she was known to be mediocre, otherwise, it was hard to say how many disturbances in her life might be caused.
It seemed his own words ‘to not feel shame for mediocrity or remorse for wasted time’ were very apt here.