Madam Su let out a big sigh of relieve, and everyone else was relieved as well.
Madam Su saw that the Empress Dowager’s face looked terrible, and quickly lectured, “Feng Nuan, what is with you? You almost run into the Empress Dowager.”
Su Feng Nuan lifted her skirt and grievously looked at Madam Su, “Mother, you are to blame, making me such a long skirt, I’m not used wearing them and tripped on it. ”
Madam Su choked.
“Daughter has been as carefully as possible, but this skirt is too long, too complicated and troublesome, taking a step requires great effort, and seeing the Empress Dowager, I got nervous for a moment ……” Su Feng Nuan muttered.
Hearing so, Madam Su could not continue to lecture her, and quickly pleaded to the Empress Dowager. “Empress Dowager, my little girl these years has been use to being unruly. She has been use to being dressed very simply. Now returning to the Imperial City, she is not use to wearing this clothing and almost run into the Empress Dowager, please be forgiving.”
The Empress Dowager have not returned from the shock, the loving smile on the face was long gone. Her majestic aura was has changed into a pale tone. After a while, was barely able to squeezed out a smile and asked Su Feng Nuan, “In these years, you have never worn such clothing?”
Su Feng Nuan warmly nodded honestly, “Haven’t worn them before.”
The Empress Dowager looked to Madam Su. “Why is that? You are a lady from the Han-lin Grand Secretariat’s Manor. Matters of etiquette shouldn’t be something you are unfamiliar with. Why have you not taken care of your daughter? Is it because these few years finances have been tight?”
Madam Su quickly said, “Is not a financial matter, is just that this kid since young have been like a boy, even more naughty than her brothers, very wild. Since a very young age she has practiced martial arts with the General, for many years have been wearing men clothing, over time, becomes not used to wearing women clothing, especially ones so complicated.”
“Since it is not a financial matter, then you are to blame. Why have you discipline properly?” The Empress Dowager reproached. “Daughters must know etiquettes, be disciplined, she character is mischievous, you can’t just let her be, you are actually harming her.”
Madam Su sighed, “When the General resigned, we moved out of the Imperial City and thought that we would not return to Imperial City in this lifetime. The country-side are not as strict. It was not easy for me to have a daughter and so I spoil her greatly, thinking that as long as she is not bullied, it’s alright. I didn’t expect to go back to Imperial City…”
The Empress Dowager was speechless for a while, and after a moment, she sighed. “Aye, you’re really…”
Madam Su also sighed, “If it is not difficulties in the court, the General would not return to the Capital to resume his position and Feng Nuan naturally….”
“Let it pass, right now you are all back to Imperial Palace why talk about these?” The Empress Dowager waved her hand and looked towards Su Feng Nuan, her face carried a look of innocence, she could also no longer blame her, and kindly said, “Before in the country-side, your mother let you be, now back in the Imperial City, it is different, fashion and etiquette, female codes, all must be learned.”
Su Feng Nuan obediently nodded.
The Empress Dowager thought about it and said to Madam Su, “Let’s do this, Feng Nuan will stay in my palace for some days, and I will personally teach her.”
Su Feng Nuan was startled.
Madam Su was also startled, glanced at Su Feng Nuan and saw her head bowed down. She quickly said, “Empress Dowager, I will take her back to the manor to teach will be alright, how can I trouble you? This girl has been unruly since young, causing problems left and right. If she is to offends you that would be my big sin.”
“Do you look down on me, thinking that these old bones is no use?” The Empress Dowager put on a solemn face.
“Of course not, the Empress Dowager’s wellbeing is the most important thing.” Madam Su immediately said, “This girl is really difficult to manage…”
“I knows that you can’t bear to part from your daughter, love your daughter, you can rest assure, leave her to me, I will help you teach for some days, and I guarantee to return you an unscathed and etiquette young lady.” The Empress Dowager looked at Madam Su and said not allowing any alternates, “Do you not trust me? Are you afraid that I would eat her up?”
Madam Su naturally could not bear for her daughter to enter this wolf cave, and said difficulty, “Of course I trust the Emperess Dowager, but…”
“No buts, it has been decided.” The Empress Dowager said in a firm tone and blocked off the words of Madam Su.
Madam Su was blocked speechless. She looked anxiously at Su Feng Nuan, but could not find a solution.
At this time, Feng Sheng spoke up. “The Empress Dowager, today it is the Emperor who summoned Madam Su and Lady Su. The Emperor is still waiting in the Royal Study. To me, I think let Lady Su go see the Emperor first, perhaps the Emperor have another arrangement…”
The Empress Dowager upon
hearing, her eyes suddenly turned to Feng Sheng like a sword, and angrily said,
“You have been serving the Emperor for many years, but you are getting
more and more ignorant. The royal study is a place that women can easily enter?
The Emperor was muddle this morning, and you followed his madness. Come someone,
discipline1Originally is ‘jiang-zui’ meaning slap his lips him!”
Feng Sheng was startled. For many years, he was the chief eunuch of the Emperor. Although the Empress Dowager was dissatisfied with him, but she had not beat him in public before. After all, before beating the dog one has to look at his owner. He is a close person of the Emperor. The Empress Dowager knew that the Emperor was not muddled, and but today still wanted to display her power.
A old Mo-Mo2Old Servants in the Palace of high position besides the Empress Dowager who looked very strong immediately stepped forward, pushed up her sleeves and just about to strike Feng Sheng.
Su Feng Nuan stepped forward, stopping the old Mo-Mo, looking at her full of excitement, “Beating people is very fun, let me do it!”
The Mo-Mo was startled.
The Empress Dowager was also startled.
Su Feng Nuan also pushed her sleeves up and then bent over to pick up her skirt. The skirt was too long, her fingers cleverly twisted it like a fried dough twist and fastened it to her leg. She rubbed her fists and wiped her palm, raising her hand just about to strike Feng Sheng.
The Empress Dowager looked at Su Feng Nuan’s stance and was shocked.
Madam Su hurriedly scolded, “Feng Nuan, what are you doing? Quickly stop!”
Su Feng Nuan glanced over at Madam Su and innocently withdrew her hand. “Mother, this old Mo-Mo is so old, what if she strike someone and injures her hand? If daughter does it, I promise to beat this Gong-Gong until his lips and eyes are in contorted, all his teeth knocked out, that even the Emperor could not recognize him.”
Madam Su pointed at her, angrily, “You, quickly come back. You dare strike one of the Emperor’s? You don’t want to live!?! ”
Su Feng Nuan was puzzled, extending her arm to point a finger at the old Mo-Mo, “She can strike him, why can’t I strike him?”
“The Mo-Mo is taking the order of the Empress Dowager!” Madam Su immediately said.
Su Feng Nuan listened and turned to the Empress Dowager and said, “Empress Dowager, you can also give me an order, so if I help you strike someone, the Emperor will not be find fault with me.”
Empress Dowager watched her become full of excitement and was momentarily speechless.
Su Feng Nuan blinked her eyes and asked tentatively, ” Empress Dowager?”
Empress Dowager coughed and covered her face with her sleeves. Like she couldn’t bear to look at her appearance at the time and quickly said, “You….you put down the skirt. A young lady, moving your hands and legs like that, if someone sees, what will they make of it?”
Su Feng Nuan looked down at herself and quickly said, “It’s easier to beat someone like this, it would be inconvenient to beat someone with it down.”
Empress Dowager was speechless again.
Su Feng Nuan tried again, ” Empress Dowager? Are…are we still going to beat him? Make it fast!”
“Feng Nuan!” Madam Su thundered anxiously, “Mustn’t be rude!”
“Mother, I wasn’t rude.” Su Feng looked at her innocently.
Madam Su looked at her and didn’t know what to say.
The Empress Dowager put down her sleeves and waved her hand reluctantly. “No beating. No beating. If let you beat him, and he gets beaten to death, what to do?” After the words fell, she waved to Feng Sheng with a cold face, “You go back to tell the Emperor, Madam Su and Lady Su can’t go to the Royal Study, it will break the rules of the ancestors. They will first go to the Ci’an Palace with me. If the Emperor wanted to see them, than come to the Ci’an Palace. Be off!”
Feng Sheng this time got up orderly, “Yes, old slave will leave now!”