After raising her head, Yang Dani finally got a good look at this ‘Miss Su’. She was a small girl dressed in a plain black cotton-padded jacket with two small white flowers in her double-ring bunned hair. She clearly looked like a little girl, but there was a faint smile playing about her lips which seemed to give her an unknown depth.
Mrs. Li was still dumbfounded from the shock, so Su Tang said casually, “What’s the matter, is she not for sale?”
“She’s for sale! How could I not sell her?” Mrs. Li had only been stunned into silence because of her surprise. After all, with Yang Dani’s reputation for having an adverse fate, she had expected Su Tang wouldn’t want to buy her and had even been thinking of where to sell her after Su Tang turned her down. So now that Su Tang suddenly said she was willing to buy, her half-formed plans were ruined and she actually wasn’t all that happy.
On the side, Yang Dani realized that Su Tang really wanted to buy her, so hurriedly said, “Young Miss, my stepmother sold me for five taels of silver.”
She wasn’t yet considered Su Tang’s person but she still cleverly spouted out how much Mrs. Li had paid for her, which caused Mrs. Li to glare at her angrily for exposing this information. On the side, Su Tang watched the little interaction with interest.
In fact, she had decided to choose Yang Dani because she felt she was a lively and energetic girl. Rather than the strange obstinacy of that Bai girl who seemed to have water in her brain, Yang Dani’s stubbornness was different. She had a kind of upward and hopeful outlook despite having been treated so unfairly by life.
Of course, Su Tang herself also had a reputation for having an ‘adverse fate’ so she had also experienced the feeling of having people gossip and talk behind her back, which somewhat affected her decision. After all, in truth, this sort of treatment was difficult to endure. Only people who were strong enough could bear these sorts of jeers, so Su Tang felt Yang Dani was something of a kindred spirit.
Yang Dani rightly felt aggrieved because she knew that there was no so-called adverse fate but her stepmother still used that as an excuse to blame everything on her and no one would listen to her explanations, leaving her feeling very suffocated.
But in the end, Su Tang wanted to buy her mostly because she had said she had wanted to work hard and live a better life, and that she was obviously no worse than girls. That was exactly the sort of outlook Su Tang hoped her workers could have. Her people shouldn’t be delicate greenhouse flowers, but instead resilient weeds that could stand up despite wind and rain and strongly carve their own paths.
She liked this kind of person and was definitely willing to use such a person and give them a chance. Of course, another point in Yang Dani’s favor was that even if her stepmother personally came to the door and tried to sway the girl over, she would undoubtedly stay loyal to Su Tang instead of that so-called relative of hers.
Moreover, Yang Dani’s stepmother was anxiously trying to leave town and go back to her mother’s house, where she probably already had a new husband lined up, so Yang Dani’s family situation was actually relatively simple. But as for this Mrs. Wang, while she may or may not be a good worker, it could be seen from the fact that she had been willingly sold off by her mother’s family that her temperament was weak. Thus, in the case that her family came and tried to sway her in the future, there was no telling where her loyalties would ultimately lie.
Therefore, comparing the two, it was actually obvious that Mrs. Wang was the one with the relatively higher future risk and, when that information was coupled with her Su Tang’s own personal feelings, she ultimately chose Yang Dani.
Mrs. Li sent an unhappy look at Su Tang and then began to seriously think about the matter of Yang Dani. After some contemplation, she said, “I bought Yang Dani for five taels of silver, so I will sell her to you for seven taels.”
When Yang Dani heard this high price, she immediately wanted to speak up, but then she caught Su Tang’s meaningful look and kept her mouth closed. Meanwhile, Su Tang glanced at Mrs. Li and said. “To me, it seems this girl will be hard for you to sell. However, after all, she meets the requirements I set for you, so how about six taels?”
In fact, it was normal for Mrs. Li’s slave shop to only profit one or two taels of silver when selling a person. And that number would only go up or down a bit depending on the qualifications of the person. For example, a girl like Yu Caihe was worth a bit more because of her good looks, but a girl like Yang Dani didn’t have any such features that would boost her price.
And although Su Tang wasn’t currently short of the one extra silver, she wasn’t the type to just give money away for no reason. She felt that six taels was a very fair price for Yang Dani and that it was unlikely that anyone else would offer anything higher.
Looking at the two people Mrs. Li had brought with her today, Yang Dani was cheaper but unlikely to find a buyer because of her reputation, while Mrs. Wang would probably be able to sell for a higher price since, with her age, there would probably be plenty of buyers willing to buy her as a concubine.
When Mrs. Li heard Su Tang’s counteroffer, she gave Yang Dani another unhappy glare. Yang Dani just bowed her head and didn’t say anything, only leaving Mrs. Li with a view of the top of her head. In the end, Mrs. Li turned back to Su Tang and said: “Well, Miss Su you can be considered a regular customer so since you’ve offered six taels then six taels will be the price. Just make sure that if you still need more people in the future please be sure to come back to me.”
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