Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang really couldn’t accept “just” monetary compensation. After all, as people expelled from their family clan, their taxes were higher, people looked down on them everywhere whenever they went outside and, most importantly, they still had a daughter they needed to think for.
Without any family clan behind them, it would be impossible for their daughter to marry into a decent family. Also, Jiang Hong had learned a few words and letters when he was younger, plus he had taught himself how to do business, keep an account book, and properly manage a shop, so he was somewhat of a talent and had a broader view.
He knew that he and his wife were still young so, speaking realistically, it was very likely that they would still have sons in the future. But if they were still expelled from the family clan by the time their future sons were born, it would mean that those sons wouldn’t even be qualified to take the imperial examinations.
And, in this era, not being able to take the imperial examinations was equivalent to not having any chance at all of changing your own fate. No amount of money was meaningful by comparison. What’s more, it wasn’t as if they Luo family was going to compensate them tens of thousands of taels or anything, rather, they would be lucky to get one or two hundred taels.
Therefore, this account was actually very easy to calculate. If they went to work for Su Tang, they would at least have some opportunity to return to their family clan in the future. Moreover, because of the relationship between Su Tang and the real Second Young Master Luo, and with the other side using Second Young Master Luo’s name to do bad deeds, it changed the situation. After all, the other party clearly wasn’t someone from the real Second Young Master Luo’s side, or else it wouldn’t be so complicated to deal with them.
Since things were like this, it technically meant that their family was actually in the same boat with Second Young Master Luo to some extent. Of course, their family was just some small shrimps compared to this big whale, Second Young Master Luo, but they were at least on the same side.
By siding with Second Young Master Luo’s team now, they were almost guaranteed to get their revenge eventually, instead of just being brushed off with a tiny bit of money that would cause them to be looked down upon by everyone. Obviously, Jiang Hong knew how to choose. He said, “This small one is willing to work for the young miss.”
He was also smart enough to just leave his words at that and not mention anything about revenge.
Luo Xingchen was a little surprised to hear Su Tang suddenly take the conversation in this direction, but she didn’t say anything to mess up her friend’s plan.
“Alright, then in the next few days I’ll look for a doctor and see what can be done for Xiao Nian. As for the money, Second Young Master Luo you’re up!” Su Tang looked over at Luo Xingchen.
“I’ll pay, I’ll pay… sigh… you’re really protective!” Luo Xingchen quickly gave her promise.
Su Tang smiled and gave a nod. Then she looked over at Jiang Hong and continued, “A little while from now, those five farms will start growing some new vegetables, and at the same time, I will build a workshop to process those new vegetables. I will need you to be my steward and manage all of these things for me. So long as you properly help me with my work, I will never break my promise to you.”
Although Su Tang had taken the initiative to ask Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang to stay and work for her, neither of them had much expectation. So now that she suddenly announced that she wanted to put them in charge of five farms and also a workshop, the pair were very surprised. The two looked over at Su Tang and gasped, “Miss!”
In fact, they had really thought Su Tang was just taking them in on a whim, or maybe that she was just taking them out of kind intentions and wanting to help out a bit. But, unexpectedly, Su Tang directly entrusted them with a truly important task.
Seeing Su Tang’s faint and unreadable smile, Jiang Hong pulled his wife down to her knees alongside him and kowtowed, “Miss, to value us so much, you’re truly gracious and kind-hearted. This small one will definitely be loyal and live up to the Miss’ expectations.”
Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang had really experienced many things, both warm and cold, over the past year or so. For instance, the family they used to trust had turned their backs on them and expelled them from the clan. The people they used to work with had all suddenly turned cold. But now, Su Tang had appeared and taken the initiative to bring them to see the real Second Young Master Luo, finally giving them a chance to know the truth and even extending a hand to give them an opportunity to avenge themselves in the future.
In order to receive such a chance, there were few things they wouldn’t be willing to do. But it seemed that, even though they had sold themselves as slaves, they were still trusted to help manage farms and workshops.
Facing such heart and sincerity, how could Jiang Hong and Madam Zhang be unmoved? How could they possibly give less than 100% for their new master, considering all she had done for them?
“There’s no need to say such things. Now that you’ve made up your minds, just do your work well and everything I’ve promised you I will definitely help you achieve.” Su Tang said with a smile.
After that, she let the family of three go clean up a room and arrange themselves to stay there for now. Soon, only Luo Xingchen and Su Tang were left in the main room.
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