Passing Through as the Cannon Fodder Supporting Role’s Grandma - chapter 21
Tang Lihua got up on that day before the dawn, freshened up, put on the fourth-ranking official uniform, a meticulous white rose of silver silk on her hair bun, and wore the official hat. She was like a different person, unlike the usual gentle old lady, but like the old ladies of those official families.
Wang Cuilian also got up early, accompanied her, and followed her to the carriage. The carriage stopped at the palace gate. After the guards guarding the palace gate confirmed Tang Lihua’s identity, they let it pass.
It is stipulated that an official can only bring one person to serve when they enter the palace, so Tang Lihua took the old momo who taught her the rules, while Wang Cuilian waited in the carriage outside the palace.
Tang Lihua entered the palace wall and waited outside the court hall under the guidance of the palace servants. The civil and military officials in the court paid their respects to the Emperor, and the day’s court meeting officially began.
Without the Emperor’s summons, Tang Lihua could only wait, and stood there for about half an hour. From the hall, there was a bright and tapering eunuch’s voice, “Lady Tang may enter for the audience. “
Then, a little eunuch came out of the court hall. Under the guidance of the eunuch, Tang Lihua took slow steps, looked dignified, bowed her head slightly, and only stared at the jade medal in her hand.
“This old female commoner kowtows to Your Majesty. Long live Your Majesty.” Tang Lihua knelt down. Her hands fell to the ground, and her whole person worshipped and dropped down, without a single mistake in the ritual.
“Aiqing is excused.” She heard a voice that was dignified in its majesty but tinged with kindness. It was none other than the Emperor, Emperor Jingren.
(TNote: Aiqing = ‘beloved’ minister. This is a way for an Emperor to express how much they care for the people, like saying ‘Dear minister’.)
Tang Lihua kowtowed once again, and then got up. “Thank you, Your Majesty, for your kindness.”
“You are Tang Lihua of Yihe county. I heard about you and admire you very much. If there are more villagers in the world who think of the people like this, I can worry less.” Emperor Jingren’s words were an appreciation of Tang Lihua, but he also sighed a little at the end of his words.
Tang Lihua was still standing with her head down, and wasn’t surprised. “The people all know of Your Majesty’s holy heart and virtue. The Emperor loves his people like his own children. This woman is a countryside commoner, can’t take the official examinations, and can only do my best. I believe that many people have the same idea.”
Emperor Jingren heard this, and naturally, his heart felt relief. He laughed, “Good, good. I really didn’t notice the wrong person. Even the Empress Dowager praised the County Lord’s sense of honor. “
Tang Lihua was still calm, but this let Emperor Jingren think highly of her.
Emperor Jingren declared Tang Lihua’s visit to the court hall only by the spur of the moment, and after some praise, he sent the person back. So, Tang Lihua’s visit to the court was completely over.
Tang Lihua had just left the court’s door, and the old momo came and bowed to her, “Old County Madam, the Empress Dowager asked you to come over. “
This was known in advance. Tang Lihua followed the old momo, but she thought about the purpose of the Queen Mother’s summoning her in her mind. Tang Lihua wasn’t so naïve. how could the dynasty’s Empress Dowager notice a small person like her, and also personally summon her?
There must be some reason for this. But Tang Lihua couldn’t think of any reason for now. The only one who could mention her in front of the Empress Dowager and make the Empress Dowager’s notice her was the Third Prince and Princess Pingyang.
The Third Princes and Princess Pingyang were indeed unhappy in front of Lian’er yesterday, but Tang Lihua didn’t believe it was because of this trifle.
At the end of the day, Tang Lihua simply didn’t want to think about it. Whatever was the reason? She will know it when she sees it.
This palace was surprisingly large, and Tang Lihua wasn’t qualified to sit on a sedan chair, so she could only walk. Tang Lihua was healthy, she would usually walk more and exercise more. Otherwise, after this morning’s ordeal, her body wouldn’t have been unable to stand it.
Tang Lihua didn’t know how long she had walked before stopping in front of a palace door. Looking up, the words ‘Cining Palace’ stood out on the high plaque.
The old momo walked in front, and all the ladies who met along the way stopped to salute, “Greetings Aunt. “
Tang Lihua’s heart moved, it seems that this old momo is originally from Cining Palace. As for why she was sent to teach herself the rules; It seems that the Empress Dowager had a hand in it. Tang Lihua was even more curious.
“Old County Madam, please wait a while. This old slave will go in to inform.” They stopped in front of a room. The old momo dropped this sentence, lifted the curtain and went in.
But after waiting for a moment, the old momo came out with a smile on her face. “Please come in.”
Tang Lihua walked in. At the top seat, there was the Empress Dowager, she was about the same age as she was. The Empress Dowager had a high position for so many years, she had a graceful and noble nature that no ordinary person could compare to.
“This female official greets Empress Dowager.” Tang Lihua saluted again. This is what made Tang Lihua unhappy in ancient times. When she met a person with a higher status than herself, she had to salute all the time, she was really tired of it.
When in Rome, do what the Romans do. Tang Lihua spat in her heart, but he still looked respectful.
The Empress Dowager carefully read Tang Lihua, and then unfolded a gentle smile and waved her hand, “Old county madam, why don’t you sit down? “
This attitude made Tang Lihua feel relieved. At least it wasn’t a bad thing.
The Empress Dowager, like an ordinary family member, gossiped with Tang Lihua, but her words occasionally brought up the family’s granddaughter. Tang Lihua only had two granddaughters, so it wasn’t Wang Cuilian that the Empress Dowager wanted to ask about.
Tang Lihua knew in her heart. It seems the male lead pulled Wang Cuiyao into the Empress Dowager’s attention.
Everyone knew that the male lead was raised under the knees of the Empress Dowager since childhood, and the Empress Dowager also loved him most and always considered him in all aspects. When it comes down to it, it’s all about them. Now, it’s time to show the male lead’s feelings for the female lead and to test it.
“The Empress Dowager is unaware that my second granddaughter was brought to the capital by her parents some years ago and we only met yesterday.” Tang Lihua sighed.
Naturally, The Empress Dowager had already investigated these things. She wasn’t surprised to hear her say so, “Now that you are in the capital. You should visit more often and grow closer.”
This had a special meaning. Tang Lihua just pretended not to hear it, nodding her head repeatedly, “Yes, it should be so.”
“Empress Dowager, it’s time to rest.” At this time, the old woman serving beside the Empress Dowager spoke up and reminded her.
The Empress Dowager frowned, seemingly unhappy, but didn’t refute, “I am old, I should sleep more.”
Tang Lihua got up and understood the nuance. “It was this minister who bothered the Queen Mother. I should step down.”
“It should be, it’s time for you to leave the palace.” The Empress Dowager waved her hand, and then remembered something, and said to Tang Lihua, “The day after tomorrow, the Princess’ residence is throwing a flower viewing banquet. A lot of ladies from the capital would be going. Old county madam might as well bring the two granddaughters, it’s a good experience for them.”
“The granddaughters are old enough, it’s time to find someone for them ” the last sentence was said jokingly, but Tang Lihua answered in a respectful voice and withdrew from the room.
After she left, the Empress Dowager covered her face with a smile and set her hands on her prayer beads. “What do you think of this person?”
The woman who is serving her smiled softly, “This handmaiden sees that she has a sense of measure. Unlike the countryside women who aren’t sensible. Meeting Empress Dowager, but not at all timid, and good natured.”
The Empress Dowager looked at her and smiled, “You ah, if you hadn’t changed your stance today, I would have thought you had received a lot of benefits from other people.”
After serving the Empress Dowager for a long time, of course, she knew her temper. “The Empress Dowager’s usual reward, this old slave couldn’t use it all in this life. Empress Dowager shouldn’t tease this old slave.”
Tang Lihua, of course, didn’t know about the conversation between the master and servant here, and finally went out of the palace gate.
Outside the palace gate, the woman serving Tang Lihua saw her with her sharp eyes and rushed over to help her get into the carriage.
Tang Lihua looked at the empty carriage. “Where is Lian’er?”
“Miss felt stuffy in the carriage, and went out for a walk. She said when the Old Madam comes out, Old Madam Should go back to the residence first.” the woman answered.
Tang Lihua nodded, without saying much, and closed her eyes.
In the afternoon, Wang Cuilian came back angrily and sulked for a while. When Tang Lihua woke up, Cuilian asked about the palace. Her eyes lit up when she heard about the scenes inside the palace, described by Tang Lihua.
Tang Lihua leaned against the plush chair, turned over the account books from Cui Yu Xuan in the first half of the year, and asked casually, “Where did you go play today?”
When it came to this, Wang Cuilian’s little face puffed up. “Granddaughter wanted to see the difference between the teahouse in the capital and our county, but I met a dandy. It was really irritating.”
“But it’s nothing, he took my spot, and I didn’t make it easy for him.” Wang Cuilian’s eyebrows rose proudly at the thought of some funny scenes.
Tang Lihua looked at her with amusement, and gently patted her head with the account book in her hand, “So childish. Read this account book, and tell me what’s wrong after reading it.”
Wang Cuilian spit out her tongue, and had long been accustomed to this. She took over the account book, flipped through it, and saw the Cui Yu Xuan on the page. Then, she remembered. Her grandma did tell her that there was such a shop, but she had never seen it before.
Tang Lihua, not only in the capital, but also in other rich places, opened such a Cui Yu Xuan, which was powerless at the beginning and encountered many troubles. However, Cui Yu Xuan was different from other businesses in that it sold design and ideas.
“Grandma, I haven’t seen Cui Yu Xuan, let’s go and have a look tomorrow.” Wang Cuilian was a little happy, girls have a natural affinity for these things.
Tang Lihua nodded. Now, she was at least the Fourth Rank County Lord. Although she had no real power, she had a title. So, there was no need to hide.
“All right, call Cuiyao tomorrow. Make two new dresses and come with me to the flower banquet at the Princess’s residence the day after tomorrow. “
Before Wang Cuilian asked, Tang Lihua told her the story about her visit to the Empress Dowager’s Palace. Although Wang Cuilian had doubts, her grandmother said so, so she didn’t ask anything more and nodded.
Next, Tang Lihua closed her eyes and Wang Cuilian looked at the account book at her side, calm and quiet as the years before.
In the evening, Tang Lihua sent a servant to Wang Jiafu’s house to deliver a message. She asked Wang Cuiyao to join them tomorrow, and a response soon came.
After breakfast the next day, they got into the carriage and went straight to the Prince’s mansion. Wang Cuiyao was already waiting. Of course, she was not the only one. Chen Shi followed, and Tang Lihua didn’t say anything.
The group split into two carriages and stopped at the entrance of Cui Yu Xuan.
Chen Shi didn’t know in advance that she was coming to this place today. She was surprised and embarrassed. Could they buy anything when they came here?
“Mom, it’s better to go to other places to see.” Chen Shi spoke tentatively.
Tang Lihua directly went in, “Let’s look first.”
Chen Shi had to keep up, just praying not to lose face too much later.