Lu Wan’er wasn’t paying much attention to her mother’s nagging, just letting the words flow in one ear and then out the other. Thus, she quickly spotted Qing Ju coming in while carrying a letter. The maidservant greeted her and said, “Miss Su sent someone to send you a letter.”
“So TangTang is back now? But why didn’t she come herself to play? Show me quickly.” Listening to her mother’s nagging, Lu Wan’er had seemed tired and listless, but the second she heard there was a letter from Su Tang she became energetic again.
Hearing her daughter’s questions, Madam Yang could only shake her head with a wry expression.
Of course, she also felt a trace of curiosity in her heart when she discovered there was a girl who knew such proper etiquette in the tiny Qinghe Town. Although Madam Yang herself wasn’t from one of those large and noble families, she had spent time in the County Seat and also in the province capital, so she knew how those people exchanged greetings and such. This kind of invitation in Qing Ju’s hands was of the same kind that those young misses from the large families would send.
Unexpectedly, even a small peasant girl that her daughter had met randomly on the street also knew how to send these kinds of letters, following the etiquette of a daughter of a large family.
Su Tang naturally had no idea her random action would cause Madam Yang to read so much into things. After all, Song Yi was her teacher, and although his family had somewhat declined, he was definitely well versed in this sort of etiquette.
Since Song Yi was a man he wasn’t able to teach Su Tang all the little intricacies that were passed down from mother to daughter in big families, but he could at least properly teach her how the children of big families would communicate with one another. Put simply, he was just teaching her as if she were a man, but even so, there were no big problems at present.
After all, Song Yi felt there wasn’t much chance that Su Tang would ever marry into a family that had those sorts of strict demands on women’s etiquette, so he felt it shouldn’t matter. Even if that kind of big family really wanted to marry Su Tang in, he estimated that the little fox would definitely have plenty of ways to refuse. In the first place, Su Tang had always been a person who had her own ideas that she wouldn’t change easily.
Song Yi had some understanding of Su Tang’s character, so he felt that it was meaningless to try to teach her the way a big family would ordinarily teach a daughter. Plus, she was a genius, so he felt that it would be a waste to try to restrain her with those sorts of things. At any rate, the end result was Song Yi teaching Su Tang in this way.
Thus, from the letterhead to the letter itself and the method of delivery, all of it had been learned from Song Yi. Moreover, the reason Su Tang had chosen to send a letter instead of visiting in person was also due to the etiquette he had taught her. She was still in her mourning period after all.
People who were in the midst of a mourning period weren’t supposed to go around visiting other people’s doors. It was considered unlucky. Lu Wan’er was still young and had forgotten for a moment when she extended her invitation, but Su Tang needed to be mindful because there would definitely be elders in the Lu family who would be aware of these customs. While Su Tang wasn’t afraid of bad luck, she was afraid of losing a friend or creating unnecessary troubles for herself due to a breach in etiquette.
Thus, she sent over a letter and asked the recently freed Lu Wan’er come to visit her in the Dessert Cafe instead. After all, the Dessert Cafe was a cafe, so showing hospitality to guests there was considered appropriate. Even if Su Tang was in a mourning period, it couldn’t be regarded as a violation of the rules to entertain guests at a cafe that she ran.
Of course, no matter what Madam Yang was thinking at the side, Lu Wan’er was just happy to receive a letter from her friend. Seeing that Su Tang had asked her to come and visit and sample her new products, she immediately jumped into action and started packing some small gifts and getting ready to go out.
Seeing her daughter like this, Madam Yang felt surprised. It was rare for her daughter to be so close to someone her own age. Lu Wan’er had a very straightforward personality so she often didn’t get along well with the other girls her age who were typically much less direct, so she didn’t have many friends. All of a sudden Madam Yang couldn’t help but feel a little curious about this girl named Su Tang.
Meanwhile, Su Tang didn’t leave the Song residence for the rest of the day. She stayed to accompany Song Yi to read together and then discuss. When Su Nuo finally woke up and discovered that his sister had already left for the Song residence he felt disappointed, but he didn’t dare to say anything since it involved Song Yi. Fortunately, he didn’t have to stay cooped up at home all day while his sister was gone like in the past. Nowadays he could head to the academy every day, and he was much happier now that he had more little buddies to get along with.
After spending all day Su Tang had finally managed to calm Song Yi down and coax him until he was happy again. However, this meant that she didn’t get to return home until it was already very late, and Su Nuo was already on the verge of falling asleep by the time she got back. The little guy was a little unhappy to see his sister coming home so late, but since he knew his sister was very busy, he obediently didn’t say anything.
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