Hearing LuoXingchen’s words, Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang could tell that this Second Young Master Luo was, in fact, showing them a lot of sincerity.
However, when they thought of the degree to which their family had been pressured, including their daughter being hurt and their whole family being expelled from their clan, how much was a bit of monetary compensation really worth in their situation?
“Second Young Master Luo, it’s easy to speak of compensation, but at this point, thanks to your Luo family, our daughter is already like this and the three of us have already been directly removed from the Jiang family. Even if we were to be given a bit of money… perhaps Second Young Master Luo doesn’t quite understand what it means to be removed from the family clan.”
Despite knowing that the man in front of him was a young master from a family which could be said to be the clan of richest businessmen in the north, and despite the young man’s unusual bearing and aura that spoke to his unusual upbringing, Jiang Hong still couldn’t help but confront him with these words.
After all, what was the use of having money? Having been expelled from their family clan, they would be looked down upon by everyone even if they had a bit of money. Moreover, it would be very difficult for their daughter to find a good marriage. But the key point was: Since Second Young Master Luo has already admitted that someone from the Luo family was the one at fault, why did he want to just brush the matter off with only this much? Shouldn’t he be pledging to find the person who did wrong and punishing them?
Jiang Hong’s words made his meaning very clear, so how could Luo Xingchen not understand what he was getting at? Unfortunately, when she thought of that person who had done all of this, even Luo Xingchen had a headache.
When Su Tang saw Luo Xingchen’s expression, she knew her friend was in a dilemma. She knew her friend wasn’t very good with words in this kind of situation, so she interjected: “Tsk tsk, Second Young Master Luo, you’re really so elegant and noble. You even like to carry pots for other people. Anyway, even though I only bought them casually, these three are still my servants, so they could be considered my people, right? Can’t you say the word and let the people who wronged them be tied up and beaten to death to vent their anger a little?”
Su Tang was well aware that Luo Xingchen could not be considered an indecisive person by any stretch. After all, she had been raised as a man and groomed to take over her family business and was someone who had been controlling things big and small in her family since she was only 12 years old, so if she were the type to hesitate when it came time to make a decision she never would have been able to become the renowned “Second Young Master Luo” in the first place.
For instance, when Luo Xingchen had dealt with those traitors last time, her decision had been quick and ruthless, like a thunderbolt from the skies. Thus, there must be some reason or circumstance that was causing her to hesitate this time.
And Su Tang had found these past few days that Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang were both quite capable people. So if Luo Xingchen could easily settle their enemies for them and also get the Jiang family to annul their previous decision to expel them from the clan, Su Tang would naturally be willing to release them and let them return to their old happy life. After all, it was a waste for such capable people to sell themselves as slaves.
However, if there was some circumstance that made it difficult for Luo Xingchen to settle everything clearly, then she should also explain about it clearly. In Su Tang’s philosophy, there could only ever be other people carrying the pot for her, but never her carrying the pot for other people, and since Luo Xingchen was her friend she extended this philosophy to her as well.
Hearing Su Tang’s prompt, Luo Xingchen could only shake her head and say, “That man should be one of my brother, Luo Xinghe’s, trusted people. But I’m afraid that he probably didn’t act under Luo Xinghe’s orders for this matter, probably it was him acting on his own initiative.”
How could Luo Xingchen not know that the most appropriate course of action was to directly drag the culprit over here and, if not beat him to death, at least inflict some punishment on him? However, she was still only the second young master of the Luo family, and the internal politics of the family were very complicated, so her power was limited. If it were some random small potato then, of course, she could settle them easily, but if she wanted to make a move on one of her brother’s men then she would need to plan and strategize ahead of time.
Therefore, the matter was somewhat complex. Obviously, Luo Xingchen had no desire to carry someone else’s pot but, as the real Second Young Master Luo, she couldn’t just ignore it when people were doing bad things using her name.
This matter was completely different from the matter with Yang Fude. Yang Fude had touched things he shouldn’t have touched, so it was justified for Luo Xingchen to ignore his plight, but for Jiang Hong’s family it was just a calamity that had fallen on their family for no reason at all. The nature of the two somewhat similar situations was actually completely different.
(tl note: Yang Fude was the merchant Su Tang sold soap to first and who tried to stalk her to steal her recipe)
On principle. Luo Xingchen knew she needed to do something, but circumstances made it difficult to directly punish the culprit as Su Tang suggested.
Of course, Luo Xingchen knew that Su Tang undoubtedly already understood all of this. This wasn’t the first time they had met, so she already knew that Su Tang was like a little demon, very shrewd and cunning, and how could such a shrewd person not be able to see her dilemma? However, since Su Tang had still decided to speak up, Luo Xingchen assumed her friend must have her own thoughts and reasons, so she agreeably played along and explained everything in a few words.
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tl note: As always, “carrying the pot” could probably just be directly changed to “taking the blame”, but I always leave it as “carrying the pot”. I dunno, I just like imagery it evokes haha