d Madam’s side, came out.
Gu Sui’er hurriedly stepped forward and asked, “RuYi girl, which family’s Madam came here ah?”
As soon as RuYi saw Gu Sui’er, she covered her lips and smiled: “The one who came here today has some sort of a connection with the Young Mistress.
There might be a great happy occasion in the TingZhu Courtyard soon.”
Gu Sui’er was slightly stunned: “A great happy occasion?”
JiXiang, who was beside her, poked RuYi lightly.
She stopped talking: “You can go in first, the Old Madam is waiting.”
Gu Sui’er was a little doubtful when she saw this.
However, since she had already reached the door, she simply went in.
After coming in, she saw the Old Madam sitting on the soft couch, surrounded by two rows of people, all of whom were richly bedecked.
Lu QingYi was also there, talking to everyone happily.
Among them, she noticed two unfamiliar faces; one was a madam in her forties.
She had some wrinkles on her face, making it apparent that she had undergone quite great changes.
Nevertheless, she was dressed extremely richly.
The other person, who was sitting next to the Old Madam, was a young girl of about sixteen or seventeen years of age.
She was wearing a snow-white brocade double-layered jacket over a delicate pale green pleated satin skirt.
Her soft white skin and dainty appearance made her surpass everyone around her easily.
Seeing her, Gu Sui’er recalled what RuYi said about TingZhu Courtyard soon having ‘a great happy occasion2Happy occasion [喜事] – It can also mean ‘wedding’ in Chinese.‘ just now.
Immediately, she seemed to have realized something.
She took Ah Chen in her arms, lowered her head, and went to greet the Old Madam first.
The Old Madam chuckled: “I forgot to mention that this is Sui’er, Ah Heng’s concubine.”
After speaking, she turned to Gu Sui’er, “Come here and greet Madam Zuo and the Zuo family’s Young Miss.”
Gu Sui’er had a faint feeling that today’s scenario was a bit different from the other times.
As a result, she became even more respectful, not daring to be careless.
She quickly handed Ah Chen to GuiZhi, and greeted them respectfully.
Madam Zuo sized her up with a smile, “I reckon she is a pure and simple child.”
The Old Madam sighed, “Precisely! Sui’er grew up in the country and never learned to read or write.
I’m not sure how she had this ill-fated relationship with Ah Heng and conceived his child, resulting in her becoming his concubine.
Otherwise, with Ah Heng’s temperament, there would really be no one around him!”
Madam Zuo hurriedly replied, “The third Young Master is not too young now.
He is already twenty, so there should be someone to serve him.
If he were someone else, I don’t know how many concubines he would have.”
As the Old Madam listened, she nodded with a smile, “That is also true.
Actually, our family’s Ah Heng is an upright person who only knows how to focus on court matters.”
Madam Zuo was full of praises: “That’s good, that’s good.”
Gu Sui’er stood aside silently.
As the Old Madam and Madam Zuo spoke these words, she gradually became certain in her heart.
Was she here to propose a betrothal for Xiao Heng?
In fact, she had already known that this day would come sooner or later, but when it truly happened, she was still somewhat uneasy.
She peeked at the girl from the Zuo family beside Madam Zuo.
When she looked at her, that girl also happened to look at her.
As soon as their eyes met, both of them withdrew their gazes.
Just at this time, Madam Zuo and the Old Madam mentioned Zuo girl in their conversation.
“XiuYan’s life has not been good.
Ever since she was born, she has been living in the bitter and cold land of LiaoDong.
Instead of enjoying any blessings, she had to suffer a lot.
Her health has also not been very good.”
When Madam Zuo mentioned this, the rims of her eyes turned red.
The Old Madam hurriedly said: “It doesn’t matter now.
There’s no lack of good doctors in YanJing City.
If she is not in good health, she can be nurtured back to health slowly.
Now that everything is finally coming to an end, she will have a good life in the future.”
As she spoke, the Old Madam called out to the Zuo girl, took her hand kindly and asked her about many things.
Gu Sui’er listened attentively from the side.
From her graceful posture and organized way of answering the Old Madam’s questions, she felt that this Young Miss Zuo was not a bad person.
Inevitably, she couldn’t help thinking that if she had guessed correctly and this person really became Xiao Heng’s main wife, it would be a good thing.
Maybe she could accommodate her and Little Ah Chen.
Seeing her appearance, the Old Madam spoke quite highly of her: “Looking at you now, WanNing comes to my mind.
You really resemble her ah!”
This Zuo WanNing was the eldest daughter of the main wife of Duke AnGuo’s family; she was talented and good-looking, with a magnificent style unmatched in her generation.
The Madam also nodded her head repeatedly: “At first glance, I thought WanNing was here.
When people say that the nieces look like their aunts, they are indeed not lying.”
The Old Madam smiled, “I don’t know how long it will be before Ah Heng comes back.
When he returns, let him come over.”
When Madam Zuo heard this, she smiled apologetically, “We had been too busy since we arrived in YanJing City.
We didn’t even have the time to meet the third Young Master.”
The Old Madam pulled Madam Zuo’s hand: “Ah Heng has grown up extremely well, you will know when you see her.
Speaking of which, our XiuYan also looks pretty good.
I think she’s absolutely a perfect match for Ah Heng!”
This was exactly what Madam Zuo wanted.
So, although she felt a little embarrassed, she still smiled from ear to ear: “That’s right, originally I also had the idea of cementing our old ties by this marriage.
These years, I kept thinking of the third Young Master.
Now that we can meet him, my wish will finally be fulfilled!”
These two people talked on and on as if this marriage was about to happen immediately.
Beside them, Young Miss Zuo straightened her back and raised her shoulders slightly- her posture was exceptionally graceful as a faint smile hung on her lips.
Due to her lowered eyes, she looked gentle and virtuous.
However, she would inadvertently glance at Gu Sui’er sometimes.
Gu Sui’er lowered her head even more respectfully when she felt her gaze, not daring to make her unhappy by the slightest carelessness.
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1Chasing the wind and clutching at shadows [捕风捉影] – It means groundless accusations or to act on hearsay evidence.2Happy occasion [喜事] – It can also mean ‘wedding’ in Chinese.
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