My lady, I don’t know what’s going on recently, all the silk manors have been rushing out new products. A number of fashion designers are silently contending with each other. Every bag‘s design is extremely intricate. From the beading, to the embroidery, even the trimmings! All the bags are exquisite. Even I want a bag! All the ladies in the imperial harem
are resorting to all sorts of methods of proxy shopping. Some are even using the excuse of visiting family to go shop! I cannot get left behind either. I must possess my beloved. The three markets of a successful woman: branded makeup, branded shoes, branded clothes branded bag. You cannot lack any. The needs of a successful woman. You’ll have to consult me, the expert, in this. Sister Yan, you’re just in time. I have choice paralysis. Help me look to see which brand is better. There’s this Plada, this Charel, and this Kucci seems not bad too. And the most famous, Thoughts And Random Visits in the Late Night It’s Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night (similar to Louis Vuitton) You can’t even read the words. Bags, can resolve the doubts of most women. But it can also drive menopausal women crazy. Bags, can give them an elevated sense of presence, and from there, gain more self-confidence. But many middle age housewives,
with complete disregard of their husbands’ image, have them eat jianbings at work, carry canvas bags, spending their husbands’ entire year of savings, all just to buy a branded bag. All just to squeeze into the upper eccheleons of society so as to show that they’re sophisticated. But their mannerisms still reveal their proletarian backgrounds. If either of you carry a branded bag. Others will definitely think that it’s an imitation. That’s why… That’s why I deserve to have it. It’s just a hundred taels… A hundred taels is nothing to you, isn’t it? Buy a few more and gift one to me. It’s a hundred taels of gold. Mamma mia. Then it’d be better for you to buy a few pigs to raise and eat. It’d be more worth it. No, I need to buy it. Only with a branded bag, will I have self-confidence. With self-confidence, I will be able to eat more bowls of rice. [A Bag Cures All Illnesses]
[Episode 30] Subtitles brought to you by CdramaBase (visit cdramabase.com) A hundred gold taels, sister. Spending so much money to buy a small bag. Everyone will laugh at you for have a lump (bag) on your head! If so, their laughter will be due to envy and jealousy. They can’t get it even if they wanted to. See here, I like bags too. But I still have some remnants of sense to know how much is a suitable amount,
how much is too much. I know my limits. Sister Meng, that’s because you haven’t loved to that extent. When you love to that extent, you will have no limits. Alright, let’s go back a step, do you have enough money? I will pawn these jewellery first, and these robes, I will… You’ve worn these robes before. Will the pawnshop accept them? I’ll sell these robes to second-hand. These are branded clothes, premium fabrics, I don’t believe no one will want them
if I sell at a discounted price. Plus my savings… Even so, it isn’t enough! If it still isn’t enough, I will go check
if I can advance my monthly allowance. I will think of a way no matter what. Wanwan. What? Come over, I’ll help you calculate. Calculate what? I have things to do! I know you want to buy the bag. Come over! What I have to say is very important! What is it? I’ve calculated for you, given your monthly allowance of 20 taels, if you just save and don’t spend, you will need 50 months, that is 4 years and 2 months to save enough money to buy the bag. Four years later, who knows, this brand might have closed down. That’s impossible. What’s impossible? According to my research, the founding story of this brand is very unreliable. What story? Its founder thought of his hometown on a moonlit night. While reminiscing, he fell asleep. And then he abruptly awoken when his leg gave a small kick. The scientific name of this phenomenon is hypnic jerk. It’s not a big deal. But this founder used this phenomenon to name the brand, causing the brand to be tacky. Tacky then tacky. What I value is the workmanship! Alright, I admit it’s the price. Must expensive mean good? If it wasn’t good, would it be priced so high? Go buy it then, I won’t stop you. Or I could give you a suggestion. What suggestion? You can fundraise. Fundraise? That means to get funds from others. Don’t listen to her nonsense. Illegal fundraising is punishable by death. You can still crowdfund. Crowdfunding isn’t illegal. But you need to promise that after buying the bag, the number of days each person carries the bag will be according to the funds they put in. I don’t understand all that fundraising and crowdfunding. But if everybody will be taking turns to carry this bag, then there’s no point in me buying the bag. Besides, there’s no need to wait four years, it’s not as if I’m only using my monthly allowance. I’m going to pawn my jewelry too. Come, let me have a look. What are all these? This one’s alright, I rather like it. But the design’s a little dated. These ornaments of yours won’t fetch a high price. Since you like this, I’ll sell it to you for ten taels. Two taels. Eight taels. Two taels and a mace. Your price raising margin sure is large. Forget it, five taels. Take it or leave it. Two taels and two mace. Xiao… Have a look to see if there’s any you like. If you’re my good friend, buy one. Have you ever seen me switch ornaments? That’s true. Then… even if you don’t wear it, you can still collect. Are you of sound mind? Collecting these? Not only does it’s value not appreciate,
it’s color will fade over time. It’d be better for me to buy swords. I beg you. Take it that you’re supporting my dream. Even if you don’t support me, you can also take pity on me. I say, Qu Wanwan, are you planning to beg in order to buy this rotten bag? Being a beggar for a couple days to exchange for a day as a queen,
it’s a good deal! You’re hopeless. Don’t leave! What kind of people are these? Cold-blooded, heartless… What did you just say? Nothing. I said that the bag sellers are
too cold-blooded and heartless to set the price of the bag so high. Alright, I’ll give you ten taels. You’re finally willing to increase the price! You have good taste! I meant ten taels for it all. Goodbye. Let’s write often. Go then, no matter how far you go,
you won’t be able to sell them for a good price. These jewelry of yours are out of fashion. I’m offering this high price because we’re friends. Do you know? If it were someone else, even if they gifted it to me, I’d still
be considering whether or not I wanted it. Why are things this way? Alright then! Deal! Here. What are you looking at? Mine! No matter how good their quality and how new they are, I will not get a good price for these robes. The consorts won’t want robes worn by others, they won’t buy. It’s unbefitting palace maids’ status,
and they won’t be able to wear it even if they buy it. As for asking someone to bring it out of the palace to sell, there’ll be carriage fees, labor fees, stall fees, peddling fees, this and that fees. In the end, my efforts will have all come to naught. Concubine Wang, this is Kucci’s latest design, isn’t it? It’s so pretty. Isn’t it? Spending so much money, you heart must ache. It wasn’t much money. I bought it on a whim. Your Plada’s not bad either. It’s the latest retro design. I know that with this design,
the more ripped, the more valuable. It’s the trend! Noble Lady Yin, your Charel’s not bad too. It really fits your style. I’m a loyal fan of the brand. Mainly because I like the founding story of this brand. That’s why I’ll support every new bag they release. The bag isn’t much. But it looks fabulous when you carry it. Concubine Wang’s bag looks nicer. No, Concubine Zu’s is nicer. They’re all pretty! Must they express their happiness to this extent? Wait till I buy the Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night’s bag. I’ll show you what pretty is! Wanwan! Where are you going? It’s nothing, just… walking around. I thought you were going to buy bags. I have plans to. It’s on the calendar. Concubine Qu, I really want to ask you, as a veteran supporting cast of Fanghua Palace, how do you withstand the looks from the servants? What’s wrong with me that I’m a supporting character? From your outfit! More importantly, your bag. It’s really obvious! You guys have angered her. I shouldn’t have been so blunt. It’s not totally your fault. She truly does have a low sense of presence in Fanghua Palace. That’s right! Do I really have a low sense of presence? It’s low. That’s not the problem! The problem is do you really care about things like sense of presence? Don’t you? I don’t! I’d die to have no sense of presence. That way, I wouldn’t be criticised whenever I invent things. It’s been stressing me so much, I can barely breathe. Having a high sense of presence is especially bad. Anything you say can be taken out of context and broadcasted everywhere. Old Xiao, what about you? Do you care about sense of presence? What’s it to do with me? But I care. I must make them envy me. Elevate my sense of presence with a bag, and from there, become the main lead. It’s very worthwhile. Your world view, it really just goes straight ahead, with little chance of turning back. Don’t try to persuade me anymore. I know what I’m doing. On the journey to fulfilling my dream, although it’s arduous, and I might feel helpless and lost and misunderstood, but I will never give up. I must work hard! I must gain glory! I must gather money to buy the bag with my own effort! It will be a slap in the face to everyone. But where can I get the remaining money? Don’t tell me I have to entertain for money? What entertain for money? N-Nothing. Hurry and sleep if it’s nothing. It’s so late, yet you’re still so wide awake. Did you drink Consort Yan’s special-brew strong tea again? Sister Meng, are you tired recently? I’m a-alright. Think again carefully. Occasionally, I do feel tired. What are you doing? Don’t tickle me, I’m afraid of tickles. Tickling? Seems like I need to use more strength. I’m giving you a massage! Would you be son nice? It’s relaxing. It’s relaxing, isn’t it? Enjoy. Wait, help me massage my kidneys. Recently, I’ve been having back aches. Sure! You sure are heavy. Good, very good, use more strength. Use more strength. Good, good. We report, recently, there have been rumors that the famous brand,
Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night, has suffered a sharp decline in sales. The brand made an official statement
to address these rumors. They clarified to say that it’s not that their sales are down, but that their output is smaller. Slowl work yields fine work. As for the public feedback about the issue of bags being too expensive, the official spokesperson said, “This guarantees that
every customer who buys the bags can feel the luxury in luxury goods.” What rubbish is this? What obscure paper are you reading? Luxury Shopping Monthly Guide. It’s not obscure. It’s a popular publication. It says here, every year, Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night, releases two bags. Then, Wanwan definitely won’t be able to buy it. That’s right. Just two per year. The probability of there being two fools in this world
is very, extremely, exceedingly high. It’s just a bag, not a necessity. If you can’t buy it, so be it. Looking at Wanwan, do you think she will just let it go? What?! Just two? I need to hurry up. Pay up. Why do I need to pay you? Besides, indulging in your craziness
will make my conscience uneasy. I’m talking about the payment for last night’s massage. It was a paid massage? Why didn’t you say earlier? I was just about to say but you were
so comfortable, you fell asleep. Anyway, you have already enjoyed
the massage service. Don’t cheat. Hurry and give me two taels. Even biological sisters need to be clear with their accounts. Alright, two taels it is. Here. Two taels of gold. You’re even jacking up the price! No matter what, I’m still a concubine in the imperial harem. For me to lower myself
and proactively service others, if this were to get out,
my reputation would be gone. Two taels of gold seems too little. This is your way of working hard? What’s wrong? I don’t care. If you don’t give it to me today, I’ll follow you everywhere you go, crying and complaining. In short, tearfully complain. Your shamelessness is incredible. You’ve enriched your characterization. I have faith in you. You’re a rising star. I might not be good at other things. I’m the best at crying. I know heartbroken, tender, refreshing, and many other kinds of crying. You can choose a style or everything. Just tell me what style you want. I will wail in whatever style you want. Alright, alright. I will pay to buy myself some peace, alright? Yan’er, bring her the money. Yes. Sister Yan, have you been feeling tired lately? Do you feel very tired? I can help give you a massage. Chunping! Yes. Massage. Yes! See that? My Ping neither complains nor whines. Neither is her status lowered or reputation ruined. More importantly, she does it for free, I don’t even have to tip. Mistress, as long as you’re happy, that’s the best tip for me. As long as you wish, I can even lick your foot. Hear that? Wanwan, you’ve lost! Change careers. I just want a bag. Why is reality so cruel? Could it be that I’m really not to get it? Might not necessarily be the case. You guys are willing to pay me to massge you? No. How long will that take? We have a better idea. What? Why’s there so much money? We pooled our money together. Adding what you have, it’ll be just enough to buy that bag. Why? You’re dumbstruck now? You guys… Weren’t you guys not supportive of me? But now… Who could be happy looking at you so dejected? We’ve discussed it. Life is so long, no one can say they were never impulsive that they were never materialistic. Since buying it can make you happy, then it does have it’s value. We’re lending you this money. No need for interest. You can return it whenever you have money. Thank you. But I have a condition. You’re only allowed to be materialistic this once. For sure. No problem! Noble Lady Xiao has a condition too. Speak! She wants you to get off the roof, she wants to have sword practice here. The lighting below isn’t good. Alright, no problem. Consort Yan has a condition too. Can you say everything at one shot? She says that after you buy the bag, she wants to carry it for a few days to try. Of course! No problem! We’re friends. A hug. Go pick up. She’s gone? She’s gone. I wasn’t able to sleep well the entire night. The moment I closed my eyes, I get woken up by her laughter. When I closed my eyes again, I get woken up by her talking to the money bag. Finally, I’d nodded off to sleep, she kept tossing and turning. I really don’t know what she was doing. She was too excited. Today morning, I saw her leave at the break of dawn. Her steps were so fast that I couldn’t dream of catching up with my qinggong. It’s good that we let her buy the bag. Everyone gets some peace. Ladies! Slow down, slow down. Careful. Slow down. Ladies! I helped you bring Concubine Qu back. What happened? Wanwan? This… What happened to her? While I was patrolling the palace, I came across Concubine Qu.
She wasn’t in a good state. Her eyes were unfocused, and she was walking into trees. And the palace people were saying
that Concubine Qu has gone crazy. Take good care of her. Young people should pay more attention to mental illnesses. Otherwise the cold palace (where concubines
are banished) will be her future abode. I dare ascertain that she didn’t buy the bag. Buy what bag? Why is everyone talking about buying bags? It was actually sold out. Why would it be sold out? I’d already rushed over as soon as I coud. And I still wasn’t able to buy it. There’s a poem that said it well. All efforts come to naught. What is “all efforts come to naugh”t? Just look at me! That’s not a poem, it’s an idiom. It’s a poem. A poem. The feelings of young girls are always poetic. Whatever you say. God! Why are you so unfair to me? I don’t want to live anymore! Who in the world is it who came before me? Who has the capability to be so fast? Who is it?! Wu Weiyong, do you think Consort Meng will like these two bags? Of course! Your Majesty, no woman doesn’t like bags. That’s true. Try this bag as well. Say, Your Majesty, why give two bags? That’s natural. Because I’m afraid that Consort Meng will have choice paralysis. Besides, these two bags are different colors, it’s easier for her to match with her clothes. Try this too. Wait a moment, I will pose for you. Looks good. – Your Majesty is bold.
– Looks good. Hurry! What? Hurry and sit! What’s this about? Emergency meeting, extremely urgent. Call Wanwan then! Call her? Look at her, she’s inconsolable. We are holding this meeting without her on purpose. Hurry and speak. Do you have any ideas? We can’t let adorable Wanwan become a resentful matron. Instead of letting her become a resentful matron, why don’t I give her a beating. Beat her till she asks for mercy.
Let’s see if she continues whinging. That won’t do. Violence won’t solve the problem. Why don’t we treat her to a sumptuous feastl? That won’t do. If we treat her to a sumptuous feast every time she’s unhappy, what happens if she realises this pattern? She’ll pretend to be unhappy every day, and we’ll be spending all of our personal savings. Even though I’m not someone who loves money, I’m not someone who scatters money around. What do you think we should do then? It’s not that there’s no way. But it will ruin my reputation a little. Hurry and speak. Let’s do this. I’ll write a list. Buy all the materials I ask for. What for? Make a counterfeit bag. Mistress, here’s the newspaper clippings. These are the drawings of the bag from all angles. Alright, I will start drawing then. Alright. Why does this bag even have
gems the size of a pigeon’s egg? It’s too extravagant. Isn’t it uncomfortable carrying it? Maybe it’s purpose is to massage the shoulders? If you look at it from this perspective,
the designer is pretty intelligent. Old Yan, here’s the cloth you asked for. I’ve bought it all back. And the beads and thread. Is there gold and silver thread? We even have copper thread! Every color you could wish for. Pearl and jade is here. Do you have gems the size of pigeon eggs? There’s even ones the size of a chicken egg! What are you guys doing? I’m not in the mood. Don’t bother about me, will you? You’ll be in the mood in a while. Careful of the step. Alright. Sit. Wanwan, after the count of three, there will be a big surprise that will appear before you. Alright, ready? One. Two. Three. Oh my gosh, the newest design from Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night. Fresh from the oven. There’s even the designer’s signature inside. It’s yours. Heaven! Earth! I can barely catch my breath! – How did you buy it?
– You don’t have to bother about that. – Do you like it?
– I like it. Love it! Do you feel better now? Better! Much better! Can we bother you now? No. I’m going to go out to flaunt and show off. Let their envy and jealousy come and burn me! I have Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night! Is my Small Kicks happening? Happening! Love you! See that? As long as you have the original template, our counterfeit can also be very versatile and creative. Not only is the exterior identical, for the interior, I made some improvements. Don’t alter it anyhow, be careful that it gets exposed. No way it gets exposed. Alright, I hereby announce that our Operation Bag Cures All Illnesses
has come to a successful close! This is too funny! I’m laughing so much my crow’s feet are showing. Another, another. Say another. You say, you say. Look at Concubine Qu’s bag. That bag. It’s so pretty. Wanwan! What’s the matter? Hurry! Concubine Qu, your bag is so pretty. Isn’t it? I think so too. Are you interested in joining us?
The Bag Lovers Club palace meetup. Everyone will bring bags they like. You must come then so as to let everyone see. Even the Empress Dowager’s participating. Everyone will definitely be impressed by your bag. When is it? Tomorrow, 1 PM, at the imperial garden. Be there or be square. Tomorrow, we’ll be there or be square~ Careful, careful. Alright, your turn. Sister Meng! Can you lend me some pretty robes? Consort Yan, the ornaments I sold you the last time, can you return them to me for a while? Old Xiao, tomorrow, you must definitely escort me. Otherwise, I’m afraid that my bag’s too happening, it might get stolen midway. Concubine Qu, what are you up to? I’m going to the Bag Lovers Club palace meetup. I have such a happening bag, won’t it be a waste if I don’t show up? They are connosieurs aren’t they? Of course, they are all bag fanatics. Just by showing a bag strap,
they will be able to accurately guess the brand. Must you go? Why shouldn’t I? It’s not as if my bag’s fake. I heard that the Empress Dowager’s going too. Come then, everyone will definitely be envious of me. Why are you looking at me? It has nothing to do with me once the product is off my hands. Wanwan, let me reveal something to you. Actually, this bag isn’t real. What do you mean? That is… it’s a counterfeit. We knew that you really wanted this bag, but weren’t able to buy it. We couldn’t bear to see you so down and dejected, so we made this counterfeit bag. It was Consort Yan’s idea! The cloth and thread were prepared by Old Xiao. The jade, pearls and gems were prepared by Consort Meng, who’s the closest to you. Yan’er embroidered, Chunping did the trimmings. You guys sure are incredible. You actually bluffed me! You guys actually ganged up to bluff me! Alright, stop crying. Isn’t it just a meetup? Not as if it’s a mountain of swords or a sea of flames. We’re going. I’m not going. Carrying this bag there. Aren’t I enough of an embarrassment already? That’s not a nice thing to say. What’s wrong with the bag I made? It looks good and the workmanship is good. It retained the pros of the original, and some details were improved. The bag was made with painstaking effort. How is it embarrassing? I-It’s pretty good. But… But no matter how good the workmanship, it’s a fake, a counterfeit. These words are not nice either! I risked my reputation and moral standing to make you this bag. All of it to make you happy. Alright, alright. Let me say something. If we don’t admit it’s fake, who’s able to notice it’s fake? That’s right! You need to trust Consort Yan. This bag could pass off as genuine. What you need to do now is act. I know how to act. But right now, I know in my heart that it’s fake, that it’s a counterfeit. How am I to act that it’s real? The average person might not be able to. But we’re not the average person. We can teach you. That’s right. Let us transform you. Your script or actions, everything. Concubine Wang, I’ve always wanted to buy this Plada of yours. But the designer said that my face shape is more suited to Charel. Are you using your face to carry bags? You’re out of fashion. High-end designers will custom choose bags for you according to your face shape, figure and bearing. You should still listen to what others say. I’m still more suited to Kucci. I already have three Kucci bags. But if you’re talking about high-end bags, it’s still Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night. Only, they didn’t release any new bags this season. Not just this season, the designer’s getting on with age, he only releases one bag every half year. The quality’s so good. It’s so pretty. It’s beautiful. Can I try? Of course! Isn’t it just a bag? My gosh! Didn’t they say that
Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night was out of stock? Out of stock? Out of stock is only for everyone else. I bought it through internal sales. Let me tell you on the sly, the designer is an acquaintance of mine. Don’t tell others, I’m keeping a low profile. I really envy you. Look, this bag is so gracious, so intricate, and so fragrant. Fragrant? Flower fragrance. Don’t you smell it? This isn’t just the smell of fragrance pouches. They actually can’t tell it’s fake. – I need to continue acting. – It smells of nature. It’s inspiring me to recite poetry. Recite later. The Empress Dowager has arrived! Greetings, Empress Dowager. At ease. Thank you, Your Highness. You have the same bag as me? You carry it with more poise. Come, let me have a look. This bag is not bad. Where did you get it from? It was an acquaintance. I got it from an acquaintance. These days, acquaintances are not to be trusted. There are so many counterfeit goods. Who knows, I might have been cheated by the acquaintance. Your bag is more genuine. Enough, serve tea. Let’s relax and enjoy. Yes. It isn’t the same. Genuine and fake bags are not the same. Hers is prettier, the trimmings more detailed. The coloring is more genuine. In comparison, mine’s embarrassing. People really cannot be materialistic. Otherwise, reality will give you a slap in the face. I will never do this again. Look at you, who did you find to make me this terrible bag? Your Highness, the real bag was out of stock. Even if you killed the designer, he wouldn’t be able to make another. Rubbish! Then why would Concubine Qu have it? Even a concubine can possess one, yet I can’t even buy it! If this gets out, won’t the entire world laugh at me? I think that the person who made this counterfeit was pretty skillful. I put in a lot of effort. How is it good? What’s the point of it looking identical. It’s the details. Look at the details? What details? The authentic one with Concubine Qu its braid had six threads! Look, how many does this have? You still dare to retort after cutting corners? Also, the pearls on her bags are big and round. The one on yours are uneven. It’s abominable. Do you understand details? I reckon today, there were people who realised. But due to my status, they couldn’t expose me. You… Today, you and I have totally embarrassed ourselves! Then… T-This bag… What bag? Take the bag and get out of my sight! Just the sight of you gives me a headache. Yes, I’ll leave at once. Come back. I’m back. Go find out during today’s meetup, who realised that my bag is fake? Yes. If I find out, should I have them killed? What kill? Just give them some money to shut them up. Pig-brained. How can you be so stupid? The remaining limited edition bag, I wonder who bought it? Subtitles brought to you by CdramaBase (visit cdramabase.com) Swan, swan, swan Raising your necks and singing to the sky. Eat, you fool. Honestly. You even noticed this? Sister Yan! What? I’m going to tell you a massive piece of gossip. What kind of gossip will you hear before me? You definitely don’t know this. Today, the Empress Dowager carried a fake bag too! Really? Say, who bought the two real bags? Oh yes. Mengmeng, no need to feel exhilarated. It’s only natural for men to buy women bags. These are the most trendy limited edition bags
from Thoughts And Small Kicks on a Quiet Night. They released two colors. They’re both for you. Do you like them?