TOFUH – Chapter 144.2 – Wen Yingniang is getting married

Liao Qinghe was also stupid; such a golden Bodhisattva was even thrown out of his house!

The Wen family immediately became incomparably beautiful while the Liao family was quite the opposite.

Father Liao, who secretly pawned some calligraphy and paintings in exchange for a few hundred silver, was finally able to support his family and also had some money to buy betrothal gifts.

However, the betrothal gifts of his family were compared to that of the Wen family.

“A poisonous woman! What a poisonous woman she is!” Father Liao couldn’t help but curse. That Wen Yingniang was so rich, but she hid it and didn’t reveal it before. She absolutely had an impure mind.

“She is really a sl*t that has no sense of shame.” Mother Liao also could not help but say. A woman who was divorced, but did not find a monastery to seclude herself, fasting and reciting Buddhist texts, and instead went so far as to find a new husband with such great fanfare. She simply didn’t know what else she could say about it!

“Such a woman, what kind of good man can she find? I think she can only find a man with low status,” Father Liao said again.

Father and Mother Liao were constantly criticizing Wen Yingniang, hating her very much, but Liao Qinghe was in a trance.

He thought that Wen Yingniang would be very sad to know that he was going to get married again and would come to find him, but it turned out that Wen Yingniang didn’t come to him at all and was even going to get married herself.

Why was she getting married? How could she be so ruthless? Or . . . had she actually want to get rid of him a long time ago?

Liao Qinghe could not accept the situation. He felt that Wen Yingniang was too indifferent and heartless.

It pained him when he thought that Wen Yingniang wanted to be with someone else.

The Liao family were all talking about Wen Yingniang, but Lu Lian, who hugged her belly, regretted it very much.

Lu Luan was not born into a good family, and it was an unexpected joy for her to catch Liao Qinghe, so she was reluctant to let him go.

The tigress-like lady made her afraid, afraid that she would kill her after learning of her existence.

Even so, she exhausted all her means and used every one of them to seduce Liao Qinghe.

When Liao Qinghe wrote down his divorce decree, God only knew how happy she was. But in a twinkling of an eye, the situation took a turn for the worse.

If she had known that all the money of the Liao family belonged to Wen Yingniang, she would not have tried to seduce Liao Qinghe in the first place.

The Liao family was depressed when a servant came over. “Master and Madam, the stores outside are not willing to take payment on credit.” 

The Liao family wanted to have a wedding, so they naturally had to buy a lot of things. They asked their subordinates to go; they had always done so.

However, this time, all those stores refused to give them credit. Those who sold chickens, ducks, and fishes all said that they should give a deposit before they would be willing to prepare the goods, and then they would have to wait for the wedding day before they sent them.

This happened because there were rumors outside that the Liao family was penniless and anxious to get married. They are waiting for the new bride’s dowry to supplement their family.

However, the dowry was a woman’s private money. Before, Wen Yingniang had money and was willing to supplement their family, but this time, the woman engaged to Liao Qinghe came from a very ordinary family.

If that woman kept her dowry and was unwilling to support the Liao family, what would they do? Where would they be able to collect money?

“They . . . They . . .” Father Liao was furious; those people really looked down on others! Would their Liao family lack such a little sum of money?

“Master, what should we do now?” the subordinate who went out to buy the goods asked again.

Father Liao thought about it and finally had to come up with calligraphy and a painting to pawn again.

The subordinate took the calligraphy and painting and reminded him again, “Master, in a few days, it’s time for the monthly payment . . .”

Father Liao’s face changed slightly as he said, “I know!”

There were so many servants in the Liao family; once the monthly payments were given, one of two hundred silvers would be gone again . . .

Before, Father Liao spent thousands of silver on antiques without second thought, but at the moment, he couldn’t give up a few hundred of silver.

Liao Qinghe did not pay attention to this as he went out of the door in a trance.

Just as he took a few steps, a powder-coated maid suddenly bumped into his arms . . .

The Liao family was surprised to hear that Wen Yingniang was going to get married, but so were Jiang Zhen and Zhao Jinge.

After coming back from Hexi Village, Wen Yingniang moved out of the Zhao’s family mansion. Wen Ming had brought many people to Fucheng. With those people protecting her, Wen Yingniang didn’t have to worry about being in danger at all.

“Wen Yingniang is going to get married?” Zhao Jinge was not someone who easily got acquainted with other people. After Wen Yingniang moved away, he never went to look for her again, so he was surprised to hear about this so suddenly.

“She is going to marry Wen Ming,” Jiang Zhen said. He knew a little more about this than Zhao Jinge. After all, in the past few days, he did meet with Wen Ming.

Wen Ming was really not a simple person.

The Xinyuan Garden that others thought was bought by Wen Yingniang was, in fact, bought by him.

After he bought the Xinyuan Garden, he loaded a ship with overseas treasures and took some of them to visit some influential people in Fucheng.

Even the magistrate of Fucheng, who did not want to see Jiang Zhen and Zheng Yi at the beginning, met with Wen Ming.

After running around like that, the direction of the wind in Fucheng changed again.

He also made a big show of preparing the bride price and dowry.

When he said that Wen Ming liked Wen Yingniang, he exposed his fox tail.

It was said that Wen Yingniang also thought that Wen Ming agreed to this marriage to let her relieve her anger.

When Jiang Zhen was thinking about Wen Ming’s situation, someone came to report that Wen Ming came to visit him.

Jiang Zhen went out at once.

After greeting him, Jiang Zhen asked, “Why is Steward Wen here?”

“Master Jiang, I have already told the boss about the ships you want to buy, and he will come to Fucheng soon. There also happened to be some new ships, so you can take a look at them then,” Wen Ming said.

The Wen family unexpectedly brought ships to Fucheng?  Jiang Zhen was delighted and said at once, “As long as the ships are good, I will take them all.” The smaller ships would be used by the Jinzhen Escort Agency while the big ships would be used on sea ventures in the future, so he didn’t think about it much.

After talking with Jiang Zhen, Wen Ming already knew what kind of ships he wanted. He was sure that the ships brought by the Wen family would be to Jiang Zhen’s liking.

“Master Jiang, I have one more thing to ask of you.”

“What is it?” Jiang Zhen asked curiously.

“I want to buy some Qingfeng wine for the wedding,” Wen Ming said.

Qingfeng wine for the wedding? This was really a big deal!

One should know that although there had been some Qingfeng wine circulating in the market during this period of time, the price of a bottle was definitely something that could scare off many people.

“Of course, if Master Jiang could sell it cheaper, that would be great.” Wen Ming added, “I have a batch of wine from overseas in my hand. Its quality is very good, so it can supply Qingfeng House.”

“Good.” Jiang Zhen directly agreed and then asked, “Steward Wen, have you thought about the future?”

Wen Ming froze.

“After you got married with Wen Yingniang, are you still going to be in steward of the Wen family?” Jiang Zhen looked at Wen Ming. “Don’t you want to take a fleet of ships out on your own and make a go out of it? How about we cooperate?”

Wen Ming’s heart stirred.

He was not without ambition and had thought about setting up his own business, but he thought it would be pointless.

The Wen family treated him well enough and his family was loyal to that family. He was all alone, so earning more money was useless, but this time . . .

Wen Ming thought about it, but in the end, he still shook his head. “Master Jiang, I have no such intention.”

Although the marriage of the Liao family had already been decided, nothing happened for a while. They wanted to marry their daughter to Liao Qinghe, but her family was unwilling to hastily marry her off.

They have to buy a dowry and prepare for the wedding, so it would take some time.

Even if the Liao family wedding was not organized yet, Wen Yingniang’s wedding had been prepared in a very short period of time.

The Wen family also came to Fucheng.

When Wen Ming came over, he came with only one big ship, which was not very remarkable. But when the Wen family came over, they came with a huge fleet of ships.

Previously, Jiang Zhen and Zheng Yi had hired sea-going ships, but those ships, no matter if it was matter of quantity or quality, were not comparable to those of the Wen family.

At one point in time, the docks of Fucheng were filled with Wen family ships.

The people of Fucheng were once again shocked.

This time, the Wen family came over with Wen Yingniang’s parents and elder brother.

The Wen family brought the ships he wanted, so on that day, Jiang Zhen took Zhao Jinge to the docks to see the ships.

Jiang Zhen had been in contact with many ships and he already knew how to check if the ship was good or not. The ships of the Wen family were undoubtedly good ships.

Jiang Zhen did not hesitate to buy all the ships and even ordered some more.

He decided to exchange all the money he had in his hand for ships.

The Wen family learned from the letter sent by Wen Ming that Jiang Zhen wanted to buy ships, but they didn’t expect that Jiang Zhen would buy so many.

Wen Yingniang’s eldest brother, the young master of the Wen family, said at that moment, “It’s not easy to build a ship. Some ships even take years to build. Since I don’t have extra ships for the time being, you’ll have to wait.”

No problem.” Jiang Zhen nodded in agreement. He was not in a hurry, so they could take whatever time was needed.

Wen Yingniang’s marriage was conducted with great dignity.

Although it was accepting a husband into their family, the wedding was actually done in the usual manner. There was the procession that had Wen Ming traveling through the city before arriving at Xinyuan to marry Wen Yingniang.

Since the Wen family came here, all the rich people in Fucheng came to the wedding. There were also a lot of officials who came.

In many cases, government and business were inseparable.

Zheng Yi also came to attend the wedding and sat together with Jiang Zhen.

He was obviously in a very good mood, and when he saw Jiang Zhen, he immediately said, “Jiang Zhen, the Changhe Salt Farm is ready.”

Zheng Yi was very busy these days preparing for the new salt farm, and since Zhao Mingzhu’s birthday banquet, he did not go out. Now the new salt farm was finally ready. “Also, the seaside land you wanted, I have found it for you. The place is definitely big enough.”

While the people of Fucheng were watching the Liao family’s hustle and bustle secretly, a lot of things actually happened.

Many officials were removed from their offices and many salt merchants were raided, and many, many people died in Wexing Prefecture and Wu Zhongfu during this period of time.

However, these things were all kept a secret by the big families, so ordinary people didn’t know about it at all.

Fortunately, the dust had already settled.

Jiang Zhen’s heart beat faster and the ambition in his eyes could no longer be concealed.


Edited by: Faro

Proofreader: Antiope1


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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. White Whale

    Yeah i think you should recruit Wen ming so he can have a dignity of a man to be able to provide ivide for his wife.

  2. addienasaffir

    I binged this entire story in about 2 days. Now I understand the sadness of catching up to the updates 😭😭😭😭 now I’m anxiously awaiting the next chapter.

  3. Akia

    I can’t wait for more! Thank you so much.

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