“Anyway, now that your father-in-law has agreed, we will go according to the usual rules of the Su family. Madam Zhang, you have committed immoral acts. However, out of consideration for you Aunt Tang’s tolerant and generous heart, we will settle on ten boards as a lesson this time. However, make sure that you are very clear, it won’t be a matter of a small ten boards if you continue to make mistakes like this in the future.”
Su Yongqiang directly announced the punishment.
But when Madam Zhang heard that she was going to be beaten again this time, she quickly became very unhappy, “What right do you have to beat me, ah? Do you think my husband will agree!”
Madam Zhang looked to Su Sanshou for help, her eyes urgently flashing. Just how many things has she had to do for him over the years? Would he really just ignore her now?
As the patriarch of the Su family, Su Yongqiang had presided over many affairs for the Su family over the years that were both large and small, and every day he struggled to think of ways to bring the Su family to prosperity. However, in recent years, he hadn’t interfered as much in the family affairs because of his exhaustion but, as a result, it seemed that even the younger generation dared to question him now.
Su Yongqiang’s face quickly turned ugly. “I am the patriarch of the Su family, and you are a woman who has married into the Su family! I have every right to settle you!”
When Su Sanshou received his wife’s desperate look, he wanted to open his mouth and speak for her. However, before he could even say anything, he noticed that Su Yongqiang had already taken the initiative to look over at him and, without waiting for Su Sanshou to open his mouth, Su Yongqiang said, “Many thanks to Madam Zhang for your reminder. Su Sanshou, you also have a responsibility here. You did not properly educate your wife this time, and it’s clear that you have failed to fulfill your responsibilities as a husband. You will also receive ten boards! Engrave today’s lesson into your heart and don’t make such mistakes again in the future!”
Su Yongqiang had long been the respected patriarch of the Su family, and no one would go against him on normal days. On top of that, it just so happened that there were many boys and young men from the Su family at the scene right now who had gathered to help dig up Su Tang’s collapsed house – which was to say that they had all heard Su Tang’s words about how, if Madam Zhang didn’t change her ways she would inevitably drag down the reputation of the whole Su family. All that was to say that, when they heard Su Yongqiang’s order to beat the two people with ten boards each, none of the young Su family members hesitated at all.
In fact, rather than hesitating, these young men all very proactively stepped up to quickly carry out the patriarch’s instructions. Su Sanshou had never expected that, not only would he fail to beg for mercy for his wife, but somehow he actually got wrapped up in everything and now he was going to be beaten as well. He hurriedly shouted, “Dad… mom… help!”
Of course, Su Yonggui loved his youngest son and wanted to help, but he had to remember his face. After all, Su Yongqiang had already asked him just now if he wanted to interfere and he had told the other man that he would listen to his decisions, so he couldn’t just immediately turn around and change his mind. If he did that, wouldn’t it just be slapping his own face?
But Madam Zhao was different. As soon as she heard Su Yongqiang say that her youngest son would receive boards as well, she immediately jumped out to protect him. She got in the way of the men preparing to beat her son while screaming, “What are you talking about? What does any of this have to do with Su Sanshou? You can’t hit him!”
When Madam Zhou and Madam Qin saw her trying to interfere, they directly went over and began to pull Madam Zhao away. Surprisingly, even though the both of them worked all year long and were very hardy women, they still weren’t able to pull the hysterical Madam Zhao back at all. Seeing them struggling, Madam Wen and Madam Tong hurriedly came over to help and, finally, the four women managed to drag Madam Zhao away.
As soon as Madam Zhao was out of the way, a few young men from the Su family appeared and to hold Su Sanshou down, while some young women from the Su family appeared to hold down Madam Zhang. In short order, both people were pressed down and ready to receive their beatings.
Once they were both pinned down, they both started howling and wailing like a pair of ghosts before anyone even had a chance to hit them.
“Mother, save me, ahhhhhh…”
Su Yongqiang felt a headache coming on just listening to their annoying cries, so he hurriedly waved his hand to directly instruct the people to start the punishment. He knew that this matter wouldn’t be solved until they were punished, so there was no need to hesitate.
Of course, with the two people howling like this, it wasn’t just Su Yongqiang who felt they were being too noisy, the people wielding the boards felt the same way. They wanted to hurry and shut these wailing ghosts up, so they quickly began beating them without holding back their strength at all. Thus, in the blink of an eye, the young members of the Su family finished doling out all ten boards to both people.
After being beaten, the two continued to howl and scream. Madam Zhao was very distressed and rushed forward to try to help Su Sanshou. At the same time, although she was unwilling, Madam Wu also went forward to help Madam Zhang.
“With this, today’s matter is settled. However, I hope that all of the members of the Su family will remember today’s lesson and not make this kind of mistake in the future. Most importantly, the River God has spoken to us and said that our Su family will prosper in the future, so we must all work hard. Maybe the beginning of a new era for our Su family will begin with one of you here today. Everyone, head home for now, but remember to always work hard.”
Su Yongqiang finally ended the matter by saying a few words to the people of the Su family who had gathered. As for the various onlookers, they all began to disperse happily once they realized that the fun was over. These gossipy people were all smiling widely as they walked away, after all, today’s event would be enough for them to gossip about for a long time to come.