Meanwhile, most of the rest of the Su family had also been busy preparing lunch, but were then suddenly approached by one of Su Yongqiang’s children and asked to come to a meeting. Although they were surprised, they more or less all agreed. However, none of them could think of any big incidents that had happened in the village recently so they weren’t certain what the meeting might be about.
Someone also went to Su Yonggui’s branch of the family to deliver them the news.
Su Yonggui’s family had a fair amount of farmland in their family so they were currently living pretty well. Until a few days ago they had been like everyone else, with Su Dafu and his three brothers busy every day working in the fields.
However, Madam Wu’s life had not been too good these days. Originally, she had made a perfect plan to clean up Su Tang and her little brother, but the only result was her brother had ended up beaten up and her mother’s family all blamed her. After that, without her mother’s family support, her life in the Su family had become more and more difficult. And the worst part was that she found her husband seemed to have become less interested in her compared to before.
When Madam Wu had first agreed to marry Su Dafu as his second wife, she hadn’t really minded that Su Dafu had a previous wife and two children from that woman. After all, Su Dafu was very handsome to look at, he treated her very gently and considerately, and, after asking around, she found that he seemed to have treated his first wife very well. In short, he seemed like an excellent man to marry and she was eventually convinced to agree.
And, after they got married, Su Dafu really was very kind to her. Coupled with her handful of connections in town, Madam Wu felt that she already had enough power and that she could control everything.
But one day, things started to go wrong.
After being beaten by boards as punishment, she had been injured and was unable to serve Su Dafu like before. Su Dafu continued to say nice things like before, but his attitude subtly changed. Later, once she finally recovered from her injuries and wanted to be intimate again, Su Dafu was always very perfunctory and the spark from the past seemed to be gone.
And, recently, while the farmers were all busy farming, Su Dafu had even been using the excuse that something had happened in town in order to not come home at night several times. Madam Wu could faintly sense that something was wrong.
However, she was still being so closely monitored by her idiot mother-in-law, Madam Zhao, that she couldn’t even slip out of the house to sell her embroidery in town anymore. With that old woman always watching her Madam Wu really couldn’t do anything, even if she was feeling doubts in her heart.
Her “friend”, Chen Xiuxiu, would sometimes drop by and say a few comforting words, but if Madam Wu ever tried to ask her for help she would immediately disappear. After all, she was very busy herself these days, arguing with the Wang family about whether her little daughter would marry in directly or be a concubine.
And, as it happened, when Su Laiwang came over to inform Su Yonggui about the meeting in the afternoon, Madam Wu happened to be working in her room and overheard what he was saying. Curious, she also came out to inquire about what was going on.
Su Laiwang was a man with a straightforward character, and he didn’t much like Madam Wu or her husband, Su Dafu. So when he heard her asking, he just laughed a little coldly and said, “Naturally, it’s to discuss a good thing. But, unfortunately, it has nothing to do with your family.”
Su Sanshou had been resting with his wife, Madam Zhang, inside the house. But when he heard Su Laiwang’s tone, he couldn’t help but come out and ask, “What are you trying to say?”
Madam Zhang also came out and said, “Yeah, what do you mean? Why is there something good for your family, but not for our family? The patriarch is too biased.”
Recently, Su Dafu hadn’t been coming home to work in the fields because he was “busy with something in town”, and, as usual, Su Sanshou didn’t do much work and just lazed around the house. As a result, Su Erlu ended up doing basically all of the work in the fields.
Madam Sun, his wife, felt heartache for her husband because of this. But she also cursed him for being an idiot and letting himself be taken advantage of like this in the name of “filial piety”.
Therefore, when Madam Sun heard Su Sanshou and Madam Zhang jumping out to talk to Su Laiwang, she couldn’t help but come out as well and say, “Our parents still haven’t said anything yet, but third brother and sister-in-law seem to have so much to say. If I didn’t know better, I would think you two were in charge of this family.”
When Su Laiwang heard these three arguing like this in front of him, disdain appeared on his face. Everyone in the village had more or less heard about the troubles caused by these three brothers from Su Yonggui’s family during the farming season. SuYonggui’s branch was really the most outrageous branch of the Su family.
In fact, Su Yonggui and Madam Zhao were also resting in the house at this time. Seeing that the busy farming season was finally over, Su Yonggui had been annoyed by the messy state of the household and had actually long been planning to teach his third son and daughter-in-law a lesson, but who knew they would jump out to create more troubles before he could teach them a lesson for the old ones?
Madam Zhao also heard what was going outside, and she charged out in a rage and started screaming at Madam Zhang: “You rotten bitch, my good son has been ruined in your hands! You shameless hussy, you need to shut your mouth! You can get out of this family if this old lady hears you speaking out of turn again!”
She immediately spewed a rapid flood of curses without pausing for breath.
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