“After all, when talking about the so-called ‘Wisdom of the Emperor’ what we’re really talking about is just his balancing act. Measuring how to balance rewarding meritorious service against securing his own image in the minds of the people. For instance, Duke Pei here has a deep love for his wife, and even when she died his love has never wavered.”
“But then one day the noble son of Heaven suddenly thought of letting this ‘hero’ who has won many battles take a second wife, and also of sending him south to fight the pirates. However, is war on land and war on the water the same thing? How could that be?”
“The fact that he was just being sent his death couldn’t be more obvious, but when the Imperial Edict is decreed to go against it is called ‘rebellion, right?”
“Su Tang!” Although Song Yi had just asked her for her thoughts, he had really never expected that this little disciple of his was so bold and willing to just say anything directly.
Of course, there was no way Su Tang would share these sorts of thoughts with just anyone. However, like her master had said, they were the only people there so no one else would hear anyway.
And as for Song Yi himself, well, she was already his disciple, which meant that they were two grasshoppers on the same rope now, so there was nothing to fear from him. Besides when considering Pei Xuan and Song Yi, if her guess was correct, tsk tsk, she was pretty sure she had some guesses why Song Yi had come all the way out to this place alone, as well as why the emperor was so upset.
“It’s just a bit unfortunate for the child though. When he hears news of the decree, it’s as if all of a sudden the heavens and Earth are crumbling around him. But, of course, some people will come out and start brainwashing him about the importance of being loyal to the emperor and patriotic for the nation.”
“They’ll urge him to be more understanding of the emperor, even though he might be paranoid and arbitrary, and even though he might casually kill meritorious officials from time to time. Tsk tsk, that Pei Xuan is such a poor kid. “
As Song Yi listened to Su Tang say all this, he couldn’t help but take another look at the small girl in front of him. Who would have expected for such a small girl to have such insights? Especially since she usually spent her time looking like a greedy little money grubber? When compared to those bright and radiant girls in the capital that he had seen who were often proclaimed as geniuses, she seemed positively ordinary, and even inconspicuous, by contrast.
However, it was that same ‘inconspicuous girl that had a pair of piercing eyes that seemed to be able to see through the hearts of men and the situation of the world, and that also seemed to hide a kind of sharp and unruly temper deep inside.
Su Tang didn’t mind the appraising look Song Yi was giving her. She had never claimed to be as sweet or naive as her name might imply. After all, idiotic white lotuses were out of fashion these days, nowadays dark lolis were much more popular.
“It’s a good thing you’re just a girl. If not and you went to court with that sort of unruly attitude, who knows what kind of losses you would eat.” In the end, Song Yi couldn’t refute what she said, and could only helplessly change the topic. It was really a bit difficult for him to imagine that she could really analyze the situation in the capital so well just by reading one simple letter.
She was so sharp, but also so recalcitrant. Song Yi could only feel that it was lucky that Su Tang didn’t have any interest in pursuing the so-called splendor of wealth and status, or else she would definitely be a scourge.
Hearing Song Yi’s assessment, Su Tang winked with a smile, her face like a naughty little fox, and said, “Master, how could you contradict yourself like this? Before you said that this disciple was very suitable for officialdom, but now you say that this disciple shouldn’t go to court?”
Hearing the little fox blocking him with his own previous words, Song Yi glared at her. When she saw that, Su Tang just smiled and touched her nose. Then she set Pei Xuan’s letter down on the table and said, “Well, in the end, I’m a businesswoman, so I can’t let myself suffer any losses for the things I eat, right?”
As she spoke in a sinister tone, the orange cat leaning against her leg looked up at her and shivered. With those words and her large black eyes that were full of grim determination, it was as if he could see an illusion of a pair of black wings sprouting from her back.
The orange cat trembled. He really wanted to go back in time and ask himself if he had been kicked in the head by a donkey? After carefully selecting for so long, how did he end up picking a dark loli to be his master? He was full of regret, but it was already too late, ah!
Song Yi looked at Su Tang and didn’t know whether he should have a headache or be proud.
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