“If I were in their family, I would just shut up and stay silent. Do they think no one else knows about all the immoral things that they’ve done?”
When they were living under Su Yonggui’s roof, Su Tang and her brother did not have very happy lives. This was no secret and most members of the Su family were more or less aware of it. However, as had been mentioned before, even if they were all members of the same family, each household was an individual unit that the other households shouldn’t interfere with.
How parents educated their own children was a matter for their own family to decide, and it really wasn’t appropriate for outsiders to say anything about it. In fact, if an outsider really did try to say something, they would probably just be seen as purposefully trying to cause trouble. This could be seen from how even Su Yongshun and Su Yongqiang were only able to come out and try to speak against how the siblings were being treated when Su Yonggui and his family had literally reached the point of wanting to sacrifice them to the River God.
However, even if they wanted to stop it, they were helpless. After all, Su Dafu and Madam Wu, and above them Su Yonggui and Madam Zhao, were clearly Su Tang and her brother’s direct elders. If their own parents and grandparents were insisting on sacrificing the children to the River God, then Su Yongqiang really didn’t have the power to stop them.
That being the case, it was really a miracle that the two children managed to get through the situation. If Su Laochuan hadn’t recently died, if Su Laochuan’s household hadn’t desperately needed new blood to carry on the family line, if Su Tang hadn’t coincidentally transmigrated over with her space… if not for all of these coincidental factors converging, how could the two children have survived?
In fact, Su Tang had deliberately led things to that point as part of her plan. She had allowed Su Yonggui to personally push her into the river, then emerged again and showed she was still alive. This “miraculous” feat was almost like conclusive proof of her “adverse fate” and, coupled with the myths and legends surrounding the River God, it was enough to put pressure on Su Yonggui’s mentality. Then, striking while the iron was hot, she had got Su Yongqiang to preside over the situation and allow her and her brother to be adopted into Su Laochuan’s household.
There had been a very small window of opportunity and she had managed to take advantage of it. Otherwise, if Su Yonggui and his family had a little more time to think, they definitely wouldn’t have allowed Su Tang and her brother be adopted into another household so easily. After all, Madam Wu still desperately wanted to kill Su Tang and her brother with her own hands, but she couldn’t do that so easily anymore once they were adopted somewhere else.
Of course, at that time, most of the Su family also supported Su Yongqiang’s views. They felt that although the two children did have an adverse fate, it wasn’t appropriate to really kill them. Not to mention the fact that the two children had already gone into the river and maybe even met the River God. Thinking a little further, for villagers like all of them, living was always the most important thing, so it would be good to leave a path to life for the two children.
Thus, in the end, Su Tang and her brother were smoothly adopted into Su Laochuan’s household that day, and that was the result that everyone wanted to see. Of course, their subsequent feelings of contempt and despise were a different story.
But by now all those bad feelings had more or less disappeared. There wasn’t even envy and jealousy any more. After all, Su Tang was just too amazing. She was so far ahead that it seemed impossible for a normal person to catch up, so far ahead that ordinary villagers like them couldn’t even feel jealous.
And now when the members of Su family heard Madam Zhao was able to say so much shameless nonsense, they couldn’t help but speak up. They hadn’t ever bothered to comment on the situation in Su Yonggui’s household before, but now they had no scruples. Who didn’t know how the two siblings used to live back then? The two tiny children had always worked all day long and never had enough to eat. Most of the more soft-hearted members of the Su family had secretly given the two children food to eat from time to time when they saw how hungry they were.
But now Madam Zhao was saying that is was all thanks to her that Su Tang and her brother got the opportunity to be adopted? Who could listen to this nonsense? Actually, if she wanted to say nonsense that was fine, but she also wanted to take away eight job quotas, effectively blocking eight people from earning money? At that point, how could anyone resist scolding that old lady?
“Isn’t that right? That family are all black-hearted. Back when Madam Liu was still alive, Su Dafu always acted kind and caring. But she wasn’t even cold in her grave before he found a new woman to marry. Then, a few days later, they were rushing to push them into the river while saying that such young children were too much of a burden for the family to support. Tsk tsk, who doesn’t know that those two children were the ones doing all the work both inside and outside the house? What burden?”
“Some people here actually want to work, but what about you all? Just looking at you, who in your family actually knows how to work? Don’t you feel it’s too shameless to lie around doing nothing but still ask for money? You should know things aren’t so easy. Just a few days ago, this whole family struggled to tend to just a handful of mu of farmland, how can they build a house? Bah!”
“And what does it have to do with them if Aunt Tang made money after being adopted? That’s thanks to Aunt Tang’s own ability, what does it have to do with them? They are all really too black-hearted and shameless.”
Before long, the surrounding Su family members began to mutter to one another and attack from all sides.
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