When the gathered crowd heard Su Tang’s words say this, they immediately all got excited and began murmuring to one another. “Isn’t this an excellent job? We can get paid without having to leave the village?”
“Aunt Tang, you are so powerful. I am young and strong, I will definitely sign up!” There was even someone who directly yelled out that he wanted to be hired.
He didn’t even ask about the wage! But that was actually normal. Everyone knew that working in their own village and not having to travel was a great thing. For example, if they traveled to the wharf and got a jog hauling cargo at the docks they would earn a relatively high amount of money, but if you accounted for the amount they would have to spend for food and lodging while traveling outside the village, the actual amount of money they could take home was not much.
So even if the wage were a little less, a job here in the village was very attractive to everyone. Such a job would allow them to sleep in their own homes at night and keep an eye on their fields during the day, and meals could be easily eaten at home like usual. It was such a good opportunity, who wouldn’t want to take it? At the very least, everyone here was interested.
Su Tang looked over at the person who had shouted out and saw that it was a young man who looked to be about 20 years old. She smiled faintly and said, “Brother Xiang, there’s no rush. Could you let me finish speaking first?”
The young man’s name was Su Xiang, and he was twenty years old this year. Although he wasn’t one of the members of the youngest generation of the Su family, he was still from a younger generation compared to Su Tang, which was why he addressed her as “aunt”.
Su Xiang was surprised. He had no idea his Aunt Tang could recognize him at a glance. But he quickly gathered himself and responded, “Sorry, please continue Aunt Tang. But remember I was the first one to sign up!”
Su Tang smiled and continued, “Anyway, you are all members of my own family, so I definitely won’t mistreat you if you are working for me. Thus, every adult will earn 22 copper coins a day…”
“Who would want to travel to work? Wouldn’t that be nearly 2 taels of silver for 2 months of work!”
When the villagers heard that Su Tang was offering such a high salary, they all became even more enthusiastic. There was nothing to even discuss. If they could earn such a high salary here at home, who would be willing to go out to travel and work?
Su Tang ignored the excited comments below and continued to saying, “…but meals will not be provided!”
“No meals? Who cares! I’ll just eat at home, Aunt Tang, I’ll sign up, too!” Su Changle couldn’t help but speak up as well. He was also young and strong, and he had been planning to pack up and go carry goods at the docks soon, but now that he heard about the job from Su Tang he was very excited and no longer wanted to go to the docks at all.
“En, who cares about meals? We can just eat at home.” Many people spoke up.
In fact, even if you went to work building a house somewhere else, it was normal for them not to provide meals. Thus, no one felt unwilling, especially since they could just eat at home
“Tang’er, I have a lot of strength. I’ll sign up!”
“So do I, Aunt Tang. I will do the job properly!”
When everyone heard there was such a good thing, they all hurriedly tried to sign up to join one after another.
Su Tang continued to smile and said, “Don’t worry everyone. We can discuss who will be hired and what work will be done, but…”
Meanwhile, from the moment Su Tang stood out in front of everyone, Madam Wu’s face had turned ugly. And when she heard Su Tang announcing that she was building a house and hiring workers, Madam Wu’s face twisted even more. At the same time, she could clearly feel Su Tang’s eyes looking directly at her.
Su Yonggui’s face was also very gloomy. He really had never expected that these two siblings, who he previously only regarded as two burdens, would actually have such a good day in the future and even gather people to build a house for them.
“The house I’m planning to build this time is relatively large, and I estimate that the construction period will last around four months. Anyone who wants to work needs to be able to be free for the next four months, and also…”
Su Tang paused and a sliver of malicious glee flashed through her heart. Back then when Su Yonggui and his family had thrown her and her brother into the river, hoping they would die, they had probably never imagined that such a day would come, right? They probably never imagined that they would desperately want something from her one day. She wondered if their mentalities had completely collapsed yet?
And this was just the beginning!
“Wow, four months? After four months, won’t we have earned nearly three taels of silver when at the end? Oh my god!”
“Three taels of silver… You two, don’t leave the village this season. Stay and work for Su Tang with me, and we will be able to build a new house next year and also find wives for the both of you.” Su Changfu turned a whispered to his two sons.
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