No matter what era you were in, the thing called the “favor” was the hardest thing to return. And Su Tang knew that if she didn’t pay a wage now, then this would turn into a situation where Su Yongqiang was doing her a “favor”, and all that implied. If things weren’t handled carefully when it came to “favors”, it could ultimately end up harming the mutual feelings of affection between people.
Su Tang had always been a person who felt that feelings were feelings, and business was business. And, when it came to doing business, it was important to do it properly without letting feelings interfere too much. If a person usually paid other people for their work, but when it came to their own family they refused to pay them – that wasn’t treating relatives as family, that was just creating enemies for oneself.
On the contrary, she felt it was appropriate to give anyone who was working for her a suitable amount of benefits. As long as they weren’t overly greedy, then she and them and everyone could all work and get rich together and it would be fine. But, of course, if she really met someone who was too greedy, Su Tang would definitely step in to let them know that her benefits weren’t something given for free.
However, when Su Yongqiang heard Su Tang’s words, he still felt that she was offering a little too much and said, “But you don’t need to pay so much. How can I, as the patriarch…”
He still thought she was offering too much. Su Tang felt speechless. But she quickly reacted and spoke up: “Brother Qiang, please don’t refuse. I really have a lot to do these days. If I didn’t have Brother Qiang and Brother Shun’s help I would probably end up breaking my legs trying to run back and forth all the time, and then I would need to ask you two for help at that point anyway.”
On the side, Su Yongshun also thought Su Tang’s point was reasonable. Moreover, he himself was being paid even more compared to the five taels Su Tang was offering Su Yongqiang. Since Su Tang had offered him the larger amount of money, it could be seen that she was really trying to pay them based on the amount of work they would need to do, so he chimed in: “Brother Qiang, don’t refuse. If you refuse now it will make me look like the shameless one. Tang’er has already offered me eight taels of silver and I accepted it and promised to build her house properly. “
Originally, Su Tang hadn’t planned to bring up how much she was paying Su Yongshun. After all, as a modern person, she felt that a person’s salary was their private business and generally shouldn’t be made public. However, since Su Yongshun himself didn’t seem to mind and was willing to say how much he was earning, Su Tang certainly wouldn’t try to stop him.
Su Yongqiang was relieved to hear that Su Yongshun was being paid even more than he was. After all, he was a realistic person. He had only felt that the wage Su Tang was offering him was a little on the high side, but since Su Yongshun was being asked to work more than him and was also being paid more than him, his wage seemed more reasonable by comparison.
“All right, Tang’er, don’t worry. Yongshun and I are both here and we will certainly build the most suitable house for you two siblings, and we won’t let anyone cheat any of your money.” Su Yongqiang said to Su Tang.
“En, I believe in Brother Qiang and Brother Shun.” Su Tang smiled and nodded.
However, since he realized Su Tang was so busy and knew she probably wouldn’t be able to visit Sujia Village too often, Su Yongqiang decided to call the other members of the Su family over in the afternoon to talk about the matter of building a house for Su Tang and employing them to help with the construction, and Su Tang agreed to come as well. After all, although Su Tang wanted to push the work to Su Yongqiang and Su Yongshun as much a possible, she still had to at least show her face.
It was necessary to show her face and let the workers know that she was the one they would be earning their money from if they agreed to work on the construction. In addition, there was no reason not to take advantage of such a good opportunity to increase her presence in the Su family.
Seeing that everything had been discussed, Su Yongshun directly spoke up and said that he would go home for now and come back later to attend the meeting with everyone in the afternoon. Su Yongqiang and Madam Zhou naturally tried to have him stay for lunch with them, but Su Yongshun refused and hurried home.
Su Yongqiang saw that it would take a while to finish lunch, so he asked his three sons and his daughter, Su Xue, to go door to door to gather the other members of the Su family and tell them to gather to discuss a certain urgent matter at his home after lunch.
Then it was lunchtime.
Madam Luo and Madam Miao showed off their craftsmanship, and it was quite good. The cold noodles they made for Su Tang were cool and smooth, however, as expected, without the chili oil and sesame sauce, the dish was a little soulless.
However, Su Tang still found it tasty and quickly ate it all up. After all, food was still very precious and couldn’t just be left on the table uneaten.
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