When Su Yongshun heard Su Yongqiang’s words, he quickly replied, “Yes, I will definitely accept this task. Also, I know a few other people who are also tight-lipped and capable!”
After that, Su Yongshun went on to recommend two more families that he felt were trustworthy. Last time Su Tang had told him to pick five, but he didn’t want to overstep himself so he only recommended two. After all, Su Yongqiang was still the patriarch, so he didn’t dare to say too much.
After Su Yongqiang heard the two families So Yongshun recommended, he nodded slowly and then said: “En, they are good and trustworthy people, but their conditions at home are not very good. I don’t know if they can do a good job…”
“Anyway, Brother Qiang and Brother Shun you can decide what people you want to use first and then bring them to me to sign the contract after the holiday ends. I will distribute the seeds to everyone at that time.” When Su Tang saw that they had begun to seriously discuss the matter of who could be used, she quickly cut in.
Then she added, “It’s still the middle of the Spring Festival right now, so you should just celebrate the holiday for now. This matter can’t be rushed, so you might as well just prepare for it slowly after the holiday ends.”
“En, you’re right.” After a moment of thought, Su Yongqiang agreed. After all, it was true that it would take some time to decide on which fifteen families could be used, so there was no need to try to rush and figure it all out right now.
“It’s getting late, and I need to take my brother to go greet his master after this, so I won’t stay much longer. Brother Qiang, after you’ve decided on all the candidates, if you or any of them have any more questions then send a message to the shop called Dessert Cafe over on East Street, and I’ll come back to explain.” Seeing that the sun had already passed the highest point in the sky, Su Tang didn’t plan to stay much longer.
She knew that if she didn’t go back soon to accompany Song Yi for the Spring Festival, then that old man would definitely be angry with her.
Seeing that it was getting late and Su Tang was leaving, Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou as well as Su Yongshun and Madam Qin all left with her to see the siblings to the edge of the village. They all watched as Su Tang and Su Nuo strolled down the road out of the village toward town hand-in-hand.
Watching the two small departing figures, Madam Zhou sighed and said, “Who would have thought that Sister Tang and Brother Nuo would have such luck? They’ve only been living in town for a few days but they’ve already found such a good thing.”
Madam Qin nodded. “Sister Tang is smart, and capable too.”
“En, and after she met the River God she’s always been so different!” Madam Zhou sighed again.
Almost every time they saw these two siblings, they could clearly see a change in them, and they seemed to be slowly getting better and better. If nothing else, the way she confidently discussed a business deal that was worth hundreds of taels of silver in front of them today showed Su Tang’s change in demeanor.
Listening to her speak now, she seemed almost like a completely different person from the small girl who was practically a mute that had lived in Su Yonggui’s house before.
However, when they remembered how Su Tang and her brother had been fished out of the Qing River, no one felt too surprised by her changes. People who survived disasters would inevitably be changed by the experience, so they could only sigh about how amazing it was for them to stumble across such an amazing opportunity.
“Anyway, this is a chance for the whole Su family. Brother Shun, sister-in-law, don’t rush ahead blindly, we all need to discuss things slowly.” Su Yongqiang cautioned.
Money was definitely a good thing. If they could have more money, then the Su family could send more children to study. And if more of their children could study, then it would mean there would be more chances for a member of the Su family to pass the exams and become officials.
Thus, even when Su Yongqiang heard that the job was very demanding and that there would be dire consequences if it was leaked, he still didn’t hesitate to agree to take it on. After all, such an amazing opportunity was very rare. If it could be seized, then the fate of the whole Su family could change. Even if only for that reason, there was no way he could let it go.
However, he also understood that these fifteen families would have to be chosen very carefully. They all had to be honest, upright, able to work hard, and also not be the type to blab their mouths. After all, everything had to be done secretly.
Wang Changhe still didn’t like their Su family and he wouldn’t pass up any opportunities to make trouble for them, so the matter needed to be done with a very low profile. But at the end, each family would earn a few, or maybe even a few tens, of taels of silver! If Su Tang hadn’t been a child of the Su family, they never would have had such a good opportunity delivered to their door!
Su Yongqiang felt grateful to this new sister of his that had delivered such a good thing, and he was determined to ponder over the details as seriously as he possibly could.
“Oh, you men are always so eager to talk business. What time is it already? Sister Tang already said that there’s no rush to discuss things before the new year passes, so let’s just have a good time first and talk about everything slowly later on.” Madam Zhou’s chiding voice suddenly cut in broke his train of thought.
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