After Su Tang finished speaking, Madam Qin, Madam Wen, and Madam Tong were all dumbfounded. So everything Su Tang had said up to this point was just to let those idiots fall into her trap?
Even the people who were familiar with Su Tang were very shocked, not to mention the ones who didn’t know her very well. Su Tang saw their expressions and smiled widely. Just what had they thought she was saying so much for?
When she said things, she meant them!
Of course, Su Yonggui also didn’t expect that Su Tang had said so many words just to directly say that the matter should be reported to the officials in the end. If this was how it was going to be, what else was there to say?
He looked at the two siblings gloomily and said in a deep voice. “Tang girl, are you so determined to go against us?”
When she heard that, Su Tang directly began to laugh out loud, “I really don’t know how to answer this question of yours, Brother Gui. Are you saying that, when the people from your family steal other people’s things then those people need to be tolerant and forgive the theft, otherwise it means that they are going against you?”
“Brother Qiang, Brother Shun, my fellow villagers, I’m still young so I don’t know very much, but do you all also think this is right?” Su Tang quickly tossed to question to the people who had gathered to watch the scene.
Before anyone could say anything, Chen Xiuxiu quickly interjected, “Tch, anyone who steals needs to be punished.”
Su Yongshun quickly nodded along, “That’s right, if a person does something wrong, then they should be held accountable. Sanshou should have kept a better eye on his wife in the first place.”
The villagers all around also began to nod and make noises of agreement. They pretty much had no choice to agree with what Su Yongshun was saying. After all, if they disagreed, wouldn’t that be the same as saying that all thieves should just go free?
Su Tang looked up at Su Yongshun. “At first I thought that Madam Zhang was just carried away in a moment of impulse, but now that Brother Gui has spoken to this point for her, it seems that maybe he endorses her behavior…”
If Su Yonggui had just directly punished Madam Zhang from the start and said a few words to reprimand her in front of everyone then things would have been fine. At most, he might be criticized for not properly managing his daughter-in-law, and he would lose a bit of face. But instead of doing that, Su Yonggui had chosen to speak to Su Tang instead, practically trying to threaten her into dropping the matter by saying that pressing any further would be going against his family.
In the final analysis, it seemed that he hoped to use the pressure of the fact that his family had raised the two siblings before to force her to drop things.
But was Su Tang someone so easy to threaten? Because Su Yonggui said that she should just write off Madam Zhang’s actions because of their old ties, couldn’t Su Tang just turn around and use how own words to ask if that meant that he had tacitly approved of Madam Zhang’s plan to steal?
And, sure enough, after Su Tang finished speaking, the way everyone looked at Su Yonggui had subtly changed.
Originally, this matter only involved Madam Zhang and Su Sanshou, but now because of Su Tang’s words, it suddenly seemed as if maybe everything had been orchestrated by Su Yonggui’s whole family from the beginning.
Of course, Su Yonggui could feel the way the eyes on him slowly changed, and he suddenly felt that the old face that he had used his whole life to build was about to be lost.
He narrowed his eyes and looked at Su Tang who was still standing next to Su Yongqiang. He said slowly. “Tang girl, it seems that you are really determined to go against us this time. But you should remember, although you have been adopted into another branch and are no longer a part of our household, you are still a member of the Su family!”
As he spoke, he swept a cold gaze over Chen Xiuxiu and Sun Tiezhu, who were still standing around nearby. Just now Su Tang had easily dismissed what Chen Xiuxiu had done but she was still making things difficult for Madam Zhang. Obviously, one side was from the Su family, and the other side was an outsider, so he took this opportunity to accuse Su Tang of helping outsiders while at the same time making things difficult for her own family.
After all, no matter what kind of person Madam Zhang might be, at the end of the day she had long been married into the Su family. Su Tang easily claimed to be a Su family elder, but now she was making things difficult for the ‘younger generation’ of her own family, while being inexplicably tolerant to an outsider at the same time. Su Yonggui really wanted to see how this sharp-tongued little brat could argue her way out of this.
Everyone immediately understood what Su Yonggui was getting at, so Chen Xiuxiu instantly retorted, “You dead old man, what are you looking at me for? If you have the ability, just make Su Tang admit that she was selling the pot to Madam Zhang the same as she sold these bags to me!”