Chen Xiuxiu obviously knew what Madam Wu was thinking about. She was suspicious about the idea of a nine-year-old finding a lover. Thus, to dispel those doubts, she said a few words.
And, as expected, once she heard Chen Xiuxiu’s words Madam Wu fell silent with a pensive expression on her face. It was true. Although they were all girls, there were naturally differences between different girls. Some would be enlightened late, while for some it would happen relatively early.
For instance, even Chen Xiuxiu’s daughter Sun Guihua had begun to take a fancy to Wang Xiaotian when she was just nine-years-old and even fantasized about marrying him.
Plus, Madam Wu was previously a servant girl in a large family and, although the family she served hadn’t been extremely wealthy or noble, it had still given her a broader perspective on the world. For instance, she had heard that there were indeed some men who loved little girls who had not yet grown up.
“Aiya, I know you’re right big sister, I just had never imagined such a thing. Alas, I’m just too soft-hearted. After all, I watched that girl grow up myself so I didn’t even want to think it. However, if she really did something shameful enough to deserve being drowned in the pig cage and I tried to hide it, I would just be harming the Su family.”
After thinking it over for a moment, Madam Wu no longer had any doubts. Although she was aware that Chen Xiuxiu wasn’t any kind of good person, she felt that they were in agreement when it came to their desire to deal with that Su Tang at the very least. Moreover, Chen Xiuxiu wouldn’t randomly harm her for no reason, so Madam Wu started to really believe what Chen Xiuxiu told her.
On top of that, before he got injured, her brother had also reported that he had seen Su Tang together with a wealthy-looking young man. And now Su Tang had appeared wearing fine and expensive clothes? Where else could she have gotten the money from? Before, she was still able to use the excuse that she had fished up some fish from the river and sold them, but with this cold winter where could she have gone fishing?
Hearing Madam Wu’s words, Chen Xiuxiu smiled in her heart. She knew she had convinced the other woman.
“En, isn’t that right? If it got out, such a thing would definitely affect the reputation of your Su family. Tsk tsk, it’s a good thing that your little Sani is still so young or else, having such a sister, how could she find a good family to marry into in the future?” Chen Xiuxiu followed along with Madam Wu’s train of thought and added a few words to stir things up even more.
And, as expected, as soon as Madam Wu heard Chen Xiuxiu mention her daughter, her face changed. She knew that she could only have these two children in her life, so how could she not treat them like the flesh of her own heart? She was suddenly determined. There was no way she would let those two unlucky brats affect her children.
“Good sister, you’re right, but it’s useless for us to talk about it. That girl’s mouth has become much better than before. If we can’t produce evidence to catch her, she will just argue her way out again.” Madam Wu muttered unhappily. She felt that she had finally found a handle on Su Tang, but she still didn’t dare to act rashly. After all, she had failed every time she had tried to go against that brat recently, so this time she knew she needed to be more careful.
Chen Xiuxiu nodded along with an unhappy expression. She also remembered how Su Tang had used her silver tongue to swindle her silver bracelet away. She replied, “That’s true, that dead girl is really too shameless. You can’t leave her with any room to argue or it will all be for nothing. If only your brother were still in town, things would be much more convenient for both of us!”
Madam Wu’s expression immediately darkened, while Chen Xiuxiu just smiled and did not go on. Chen Xiuxiu knew that Wu Yong’s legs had both been broken, and he had already become completely a waste. Moreover, it seemed that the Wu family hadn’t found any way to replace his income yet. She was afraid that even Madam Wu’s father would probably have to pick up the hoe again and go help in the fields once spring began.
Chen Xiuxiu and Madam Wu were both from the same village and had known each other for many years, so they more or less knew about each other’s affairs. Madam Wu obviously understood that Chen Xiuxiu was taking a shot at her, but she just snorted. Back before her family had sold her as a servant to that wealthy family, Chen Xiuxiu’s family had always been a bit better off than her family, and back then she had always looked down on the Wu family.
But then, once Madam Wu had used her skills to earn a lot, her Wu family also rose up alongside her and the Chen family could no longer compare. When that happened, the Wu family had naturally started looking down on their family in turn. But now that their fortunes had reversed once again, who knew how much Chen Xiuxiu and her family had been laughing at them behind their backs.
Thus, even though Chen Xiuxiu’s words seemed to have been unintentional, in reality, it was clearly a purposeful barb. Knowing all this caused Madam Wu’s chest to feel stuffy and uncomfortable.
However, Madam Wu knew in her heart that she and Chen Xiuxiu were two married women from the same village, so they had a degree of understanding and friendship. Sometimes there would be issues that Madam Wu couldn’t discuss with anyone else, and she could only find Chen Xiuxiu who was in a similar position. If only for that reason, it was impossible for her to completely tear all face with the other woman.
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