Su Tang figured that since she was already working on this issue, she might as well finish it all in one go. As a result, she didn’t even return home for the Lantern Festival and ended up spending six days outside arranging the three smaller farms with suitable farmers.
To buy all these people she used the gold Luo Xingchen had given her and, by the end, the 50 gold taels were almost completely spent. Once all that was done, she finally headed over to the Zhou and Yang Farms.
These two farms were a little more complicated than the other ones she had bought because the farmers living on them had already lived on the land for many years and had been intermarrying the whole time. The result was that the situation on these farms was relatively more complex.
Because of that, Su Tang didn’t immediately mention anything about buying or selling people when she first arrived as she had done at the other farms. Instead, she let the orange cat go out and scout around a bit so she could better understand the relationships between all these people.
With the orange cat’s help, she was able to quickly create a list of all the people that could and couldn’t be used. In the end, there were about four households and a total of more than 30 people on the list of people who couldn’t be used. The eldest one was already more than 50 years old, while the youngest was only three.
Some of these people didn’t have deeds because they had been born on the farm but thanks to Mrs. Zhou’s expertise everything was easily settled. Deeds were produced and before long they were all able to be sold.
“I’m not convinced! We’ve all helped the master cultivate this land for so many years already and endured hardship without asking for merit. So why should we suddenly be sold?” When these farmers discovered that Su Tang wanted to sell them off, they felt very unconvinced.
Jiang Hong felt worried that there might be trouble since a large portion of this group were sturdy adult men, so he quickly told the other farmers to hold those fellows back and not let Su Tang be hurt.
These farmers had all originally sold themselves as slaves, but that was a long time ago. In fact, because they rarely saw their masters and never had to serve them, they had long gotten used to living a life that was better than an average farmer from a village.
But now Su Tang wanted to sell them? There were so many of them, so they knew that if they were sold their families would definitely be separated and scattered everywhere. How could they be willing?
Couple that with Su Tang’s young look, and the brave ones dared to question her directly.
Meanwhile, Su Tang had spent the past week extremely busy dealing with all these farms, so she was already exhausted. Hearing these people questioning her, she was completely indifferent. She just shouted, “Zhou Qian!”
This Zhou Qian was the leader of one of the groups of farmers on one of Su Tang’s other farms before that had left a slightly favorable impression on her. Since she wanted to deal with all these affairs quickly and head back to Qinghe Town, she had decided to bring him along with her. Of course, Jiang Hong was also very capable, but Su Tang wanted to bring him back with her to Qinghe Town, so she had decided to have Zhou Qian follow her to the Yang and Zhou Farms so he could help Mrs. Zhou get rid of all the farmers that needed to be sold and avoid any accidents.
When Zhou Qian heard Su Tang’s shout, he hurriedly went forward and saluted, “Miss.”
“Hire some carriages and take these people to the County Seat while it’s still early.” Su Tang ordered.
For Zhou Qian, this was only the second time he had ever seen Su Tang, and today there were more than 30 people kneeling in the yard all either screaming or hurling abuse.
But when Zhou Qian looked up at Su Tang, he only felt that this little girl’s face seemed very calm and unaffected. Even in the face of a crying child or a trembling old man, there was no trace of emotion in her eyes.
This was definitely no ordinary girl! That thought flashed through Zhou Qian’s mind like lightning.
When Mrs. Zhou saw that Su Tang had sent Zhou Qian over to help her settle everything, she looked over gratefully and said, “Please let me say my thanks, Miss Su!”
A second later, the calm girl’s voice drifted into Zhou Qian’s ears again: “Remember those ones who are being noisy. Their prices should be lowered and they should be sold somewhere far away with no benefits.”
This voice was still soft and placid, without any ups and downs at all, but after Zhou Qian heard it he couldn’t help but glance up at the delicate girl in front of him. He felt a cold chill crawl up his spine and then hurriedly bowed his head again, not daring to speak.
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