The daily life of my time-transport in Qing Dynasty
The next half of chapter 1
Fujin waved her hand: "Take them away, and go to eat your meals. I did not eat these dishes any more, take them away and divide yourselves."
Putao and Shiliu took those dishes away with the small tables and gave to the palace-maids waiting outside. Of course, others would leave the good dishes for them. After serving Fujin to gargle, Fu-momo moved two high pillow at her back on the couch, took away the small ondol-table, then said: "Fujin, just take a nap, then transcribe again later."
Fujin had a bit of general debility after lunch, but she always used to resting after working through all the things, otherwise she couldn’t even take a peaceful rest. So she rose up from the couch and said: "it’s needless, it’s the same that I’ll take a rest after finishing my transcription."
Fu-momo wanted to persuade her painstakingly, but she knew the habit of Fujin very well. So she had to spread the paper for Fujin, and call Hulu in to mill the Chinese ink stick. she said to herself in her mind that the Fourth Prince would come back from the the Prince's-Education-Study when Fujin finished the transcription, just so, Fujin wouldn’t have any chance to rest at that time. Though she knew that Fujin wanted to show off her contributions with the transcription to the Fourth Prince when he’d come back. Or else she would seem to be sluggish as she transcribed only a roll of the Buddhist Scriptures all day long.
Transcribing the Lotus Sutra which she had done more than hundred times since moving into the palace, Fujin still kept on thinking of the news delivered by Shiliu that Gege Lee-Clan had specially ordered roasted mutton with much pepper at noon.
She had made contact with the harem of the Fourth Prince after entering the palace for more than half a year. Gege song-Clan was so gentle that even some stuffy, the Fourth Prince treated her just so-so. But Gege Lee-Clan, who wasn’t try to be the first or best, never showed off her contributions to the Fourth Prince, nor showed off complaisance to her, and the Fourth Prince still put her in eyes already.
Fujin didn't take her seriously at the beginning, but now she was aware that Gege Lee-Clan was a wise woman. Not only Fujin got her smartness, but the Fourth Prince also got it all the more. Just because of that, he had put her in heart. But on the contrary, also because of that, Fujin didn't know how to deal with Gege Lee-Clan.
Fujin thought in her mind, if Gege Lee-Clan would be a bit smarter as astute, the Fourth Prince would not love her at all; if she would be a bit stupider as she couldn’t get the important points, Fujin also had many ways to regulate her. But it was really too awkward for her now.
Because Gege Lee-Clan was really careful of her duty now, as she knew well how to withdraw and keep off Fujin. Also she was respectful and considerate to Gege song-Clan who served the Fourth Prince earlier than her. If she had pretended to do that, Fujin could find opportunities to expose her absolutely, but, she was really honest and sincere.
Fujin couldn’t help exerting more physical strength on the Chinese pen more as three of ten point, the last word of a sentence "in this wonderful wisdom, supreme" was written especially sharp in bad shape. Left see right to see, she had to cut it out and transcribed again.
Calm down, I should be calm. Fujin warned herself over and over again, and it was better that Gege Lee-Clan was really cute but not false naive. A sensible people was always negotiable. Otherwise, she was just a woman of Han ethnic group.
On the other side, Li Wei ate a good taste of more than two dozen strings of mutton at noon, and drank two large bowl of mutton soup. Then there were 2 bubbles on her mouth before the dusk coming.
Anxious and angry, Yuping hurriedly took aloe cream and applicated it on corners of her mouth with a Jade hairpin. With a long face and tears, she said: "My dear Gege, why bothered doing that? You are not only suffering yourself to eat these dishes, also you cannot serve the Fourth Prince for a few days!"
Li Wei felt a tearing pain when opening her mouth a bit wide right now, and she even dared not to speak, said unclearly: "I love this appetite only, don’t talk about again and again in recollection." Yuping lightly stamped her foot anxiously:" Gege......!"
Li Wei looked into the mirror for a while. As she had washed her face before applying ointment to it, the paint was washed off. She did not repair herself , embellished a smidgen of lip rouge on her lips only.
She swung her hand casually to Yuping: "Don't stand there only, I’ll drink plum juice instead of eating snacks tonight. Now you go to tell Desheng Zhang at once, let him remember to told this to his master."
One of Yuping’s advantages was obedient. Although she distressed Li Wei, she hurried to do that. In the Forbidden City, if one of imperial concubines got ailments, especially seen on the face or body , she was forbidden to serve the high-ranking ones, so as not to make the high-ranking ones felt Indecent, unhappy, and be infected with unclean things.
She went to the study to find Desheng Zhang, then went to the formal quadrangle and found ever one of 4 big palace-maids of Fujin to make a sound. Though Gege Lee-Clan was her master, but a Gege didn’t have any qualifications to speak to Fujin directly in terms of identity. It was enough to make a sound about those small matters to the personal palace-maids of Fujin.
Since Fujin had been married to the Fourth Prince, Gege Lee-Clan got inflamed because of eating mutton gluttonous for more than one or two times, so Yuping met with Shiliu while entering the courtyard, and just told her.
Then she come out to the kitchen, where the old eunuch was busy this time, as the Fourth Prince would eat snacks after coming back from the study. A little eunuch received Yuping. She did not tell him that Li Wei got inflamed because of eating mutton, although it was well-known, she just said that Gege didn't want snacks at night, and ordered at most a bowl of congee porridge with several side-dishes suitable for porridge, and only porridge as breakfast tomorrow morning. What to eat at tomorrow’s afternoon, would be told the next day.
The small eunuch was small but very clever. As servants, they looked at the things of masters just like watching the fun. They knew everything clearly, even the masters knew nothing. When eating breakfast together in the morning, the old Eunuch told a few his confidants that as yesterday Fujin had gone to pay respects to the Empress De-Fei and spoken with her, today Gege Lee-Clan should order mutton, and only congee porridge with nothing either in the following 3 or 5 days.
At morning, he also confessed others to pick up big and nice clean ones of the marinated Salted Duck Egg for Gege Lee-Clan eating with porridge. Afternoon, he confessed others to address the Department Qingfeng asking for 2 real-good old ducks per-day, by which cooking soup specially for Gege Lee-Clan to clear her internal heat from tomorrow to the next days
After all, Gege Lee-Clan could only order as long as the porridge, but they couldn’t hand in porridge only.
So the little eunuch just listened to words of Yuping and promised her readily. After sending her away respectfully, he turned back to see the old Eunuch, smiled and said: " Grandpa, what you said before is all right. Master Li orders noting this evening, and only porridge tomorrow morning."
The old eunuch focused on making milk pastry, and only “H'm' ”1 when listening that.
The small eunuch just took back down, but when turning over his head, he saw his master laying out a hamper wrapped in a cloth outside, with downside a layer of ice to keep dishes cool, and upside three white round porcelain bowls in the size of orange with covers. The curve of the bowls was shaped smoothly without any decoration, and the whole white porcelain bowl placed there looked like a white round jade ball at all, so transparent white.
The little eunuch then rushed up to take service with his master. seeing he was do affable, his master laughed: "Don’t say I, your maser, didn’t care about you. Mention this box to the place of Gege Lee-Clan a moment later."
The small eunuch was curious:" Master, what is this?"
His master opened the cover of one bowl, he looked upon and found it was yogurt exuding a curl of cold. So, it was just taken out of the freezer. Seeing the yogurt dotted with purple red rose sauce above, the small eunuch’s mouth was watering a lot, then he turned to think that Miss Yuping never ordered it any more earlier.
So, that was show-respect of his master?
The little eunuchs thought that,he should show off the contribution of his master to Miss Yuping when he sent the yogurt over there a moment later. Finally, he didn't meet Miss Yuping when mentioning the box to the place of Gege Lee-Clan, and he was stopped at the door by others. A little palace-maid by side took the food box from his hands, gave him a pouch with six cob money every of which weighted 5g, as his reward.
he stood there trying to say some gossiped words, but the little palace-maid waved her hand, put her finger in the mouth as a block: “shhh!” she hissed on exertion and drove him away.
The little eunuch was so confused, and when going back to see his master-eunuch, he felt wronged for not succeeding to showing off the contribution of his master. His master took a Dragon-eye steamed-bun just taken out of the pot ,and stuffed it fully of his mouth, laughing: "silly boy, didn’t you see the gown’s color of the master standing in the room?" Then his master drove him out to play.
The little eunuch was reluctant to spit the bun out even it was so hot to make his tongue painful. He inhaled while going to the room to find herbal tea to drink. Drinking and recalling, he could only see the gown’s edge and boots of a big eunuch standing beside the door through the curtain, and the edge of his gown was not seen so clear, but the sole of his boots was five-inch high......
The small eunuch was almost choked to death with steamed buns and herbal tea fully stuffed in his mouth!! He looked down at the sole of his own boots, and thought over the sole of the boots of master-eunuchs in the kitchen, then understood the meaning of his master at last! No wonder his master demanded him to send it over a moment!
That sole of boot, only the elder eunuch serving prices personally could wear in this palace! ah!
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