♫The sounds from the sheng and xiao die away in the distance, in the sparse, declining light ♫
(T/N reed instrument made of vertical pipes; end-blown flute) ♫ Memories of my past, my companions in youth. ♫ ♫ Over boundless years, old affairs have become difficult to recall. ♫ ♫ I’ve used a lifetime of truth to put up a pretense. ♫ ♫ Parting without opening these cupped hands full of tears. ♫ ♫ Clears my vision and permits me to resist ♫ ♫ Perhaps when targeted by love it is not wise to separate ♫ ♫ The morning wind can not dispel the aftermath. ♫ ♫ Whose hidden tears made the blooming flowers blush, ♫ ♫ And in the desolate and dreary torrential storms to painfully droop low, ♫ ♫ Unwilling to blossom again alone? ♫ ♫ The coming day belongs to the young. ♫ ♫ As the glimmer of dawn becomes again the setting sun. ♫ ♫ Who is this person who does not sleep soundly in the middle of the night? ♫ ♫Sitting and watching the autumn wind puff out and penetrate the palace curtains. ♫ ♫One strand held in remembrance, shackling sentiment and concern. ♫ ♫ Always submerged in the fragrant incense of fleeting time ♫ Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace Episode 4 Sister, it’s me. Hailan? Why haven’t you moved? I told the Empress I wasn’t finished with packing. So I will move later on and she left the door unlocked for me. Have a seat. I know your intention. You better not stay trapped in here with me and leave instead. But I don’t want to go anywhere. I just want to stay with you. Also, I am free to come and go, and that’s a convenience. So what if it’s convenient for a while? With the Empress Dowager’s temperament, she will not leave me be easily. She is still discomposed for now, but once she’s improved after a while, Sister Lüyun and I will figure a way to make our plea to Empress Dowager. What’s wrong with Empress Dowager? Empress Dowager’s been staying at Shoukang Palace. She hasn’t moved her residence to Cining Palace. Why? I heard it was because His Majesty has Cining Palace under renovation. However the high ministers are all trying to dissuade His Majesty. Empress Dowager is residing at Shoukang Palace? That is indeed indecorous. At this time you’re still worried about Empress Dowager? It’s all the same where she lives. Of course it’s not the same. If Empress Dowager were His Majesty’s biological mother, she wouldn’t be concerned by such a thing. However she’s not the biological mother, so any little lack in fullness is cause of suspicion, leading to a strife between mother and son. Sister, all the court ministers and consorts alike have not come up with a way to resolve this. You’d better worry about your own for now. Your Majesty, the inner ministry has said yesterday that all the consorts’ titles have been drawn up by inner palace, awaiting your confirmation. There’s no hurry. We’re not all here yet. How do I entitle? Indeed Sister Qingying is serving her devotional time. But to delay other people’s installations, I fear it’s not good either. Your Majesty, if Cining Palace is finished with restoration, it’d be good to let Royal Mother move in sooner. Perhaps Royal Mother would be happy, and Sister Qingying will be allowed her release. If I were to truly do that and Royal Mother still says no? Then what method shall I have to think of to dispense at her? Empress, you thought too simply. Yes, I was rash. You just need to put more thought into it. I will be returning to Yangxin Hall now. You go back too. Raise the sedan. Bidding honor to Your Majesty. Raise the sedan to Yangxin Hall. Your Highness, transfer of palace is a sensitive matter. You’d better not mention it again, or it seems to me. Moving palaces is only on the surface. Underneath is about Qingying. The two of them not getting along only puts me in a difficult position. The Emperor is very patient. Lady Ula-Nara has been confined for half a month. He just won’t mutter a word on it. And he doesn’t come to make his plea for her behalf. If you want to move to Cining Palace, you only need to mention it to His Majesty. Why bother with this large production? If I were to mention to His Majesty, and he rejects me, then am I to beg? If His Majesty comes to beg me for Qingying’s sake, then I could conveniently give it a push and mention about moving residence to Cining Palace. Then it’s one for one. You are so thorough, Empress Dowager. But the Empress and other mistresses should be persuading His Majesty. Maybe he will come and mention your moving first. That will be the best naturally. I don’t see your life any easier after you’ve become Empress Dowager, compared to when you were a noble consort. Let me ask you. Generation after generation, what woman endured all the way to becoming Empress Dowager, to ask for some easier life? All the Empress Dowagers of all times before were all either the late Emperor’s Empress or gave birth to the current Emperor. However you got to rise to the highest seat by exhausting yourself raising His Majesty. Your becoming Empress Dowager is your blessing, and it’s a blessing to His Majesty too. It’s easy to for one to remember the favor of raising him, but it’s difficult for one to remember for life. His Majesty just became the Emperor and I cannot concede. While his wings haven’t hardened yet, (T/N support in the court to stabilize his reign) I must have the rules set. Minister Naquin discussed with Your Majesty for quite a while over the matter of moving palace. Please have some tea to rehydrate. Qin Li sent word. Cining Palace’s renovation is finished. Empress Dowager can move in anytime. Royal Mother toiled for years raising me. I must have Cining Palace remodeled to its full contents. Tell Qin Li to remodel it well, to remodel in detail. He mustn’t rush, no matter what. Yes. There is a ruyi knot in my sleep chamber. Deliver it to Qingying for me. B-But Mistress Qing is confined for devotion. She can’t come out, but you can’t go in? I was thick-witted. Also, there is a score book on the shelf. Make sure to deliver it to her for me. Yes. I shall go and see to it now. Greetings to Mistress Qing. Please get up, Eunuch Wang. Eunuch Wang, you’re finally here. Is His Majesty releasing my mistress? It’s not that. Empress Dowager’s decree is to confine Mistress Qing for filial devotion. It’s best that His Majesty does not come here either. So even I sneaked in quietly. These are two items His Majesty had me send to you. [ Wall Head ] A string of ruyi knots. (T/N ruyi=” as one wishes”) His Majesty wishes for Mistress Qing to have everything you wish. And a play script. His Majesty said for you to look it over when you’re bored and idle. Thank His Majesty for me. I cannot go out and thank him in person. His Majesty understands, so he sent me to ask you for something as your courtesy of reply. What item? His Majesty said as long as it’s something of yours, it will do. This is a handkerchief I just embroidered. Please hand it to His Majesty for me, Eunuch Wang. Yes. – I take my leave.
– Thank you, Eunuch Wang. Go carefully, Eunuch. Eunuch Wang, the Empress and the noble consorts have come seeking news of His Majesty. Do we report about today? His Majesty is very thoughtful. Do not mention this for now. You’re not allowed to tell anyone. Yes. Mistress. His Majesty misses you indeed. And I thought His Majesty forgot about you since he said nothing this whole month. “Wall Head”. It’s a story His Majesty and I saw when we first met. He is so thoughtful. I must think of a way to make a trip out. A’Ruo, go and ask Changzai Hai to come again. (T/N First Class Attendant , seventh rank below Empress) Yes. I seek to look after Your Majesty’s well-being. You’ve been with me for so long. Why do you still seem to act so distant? I am indecorous. (T/N being unladylike) You rarely make your way near me. But today, why are you here to meet me suddenly? Rise first. Thank you, Your Majesty. Hailan. I remember you and Qingying are vey close. I came today only to beg Your Majesty not to forget Sister. [ Yangxin Dian ] [ Hall of Mental Cultivation ] Yexin, the rain coming down too hard. I don’t want to walk. Go and send for the carriage. Yes. [ Yexin ] Wait here. I will go inside and fetch the snack I want to deliver to His Majesty. I will be out soon. Don’t lock the door. Yes. Greetings to Your Majesty. Hurry and get up. You’ve become thinner and look drained. You suffered. With you longing for me, I do not suffer. I didn’t beg Royal Mother for your sake. How can you say I long for you? Your Majesty has your difficult position. No one discovered you and Hailan exchanging places? No. Look. What a coincidence today. Your clothing’s coloring is so similar to mine. I came out in a rush and I didn’t get a chance to tidy up. You don’t need to. What matters most is our minds are connected. How long has it been since we last met? Thirty-five days. Your Majesty. I made a few snacks. Would you like to try them? Great. Bring them. You’ve been confined, but you have the will to make cakes? These three are all the ones you usually love to eat. I am used to making them. And this sweet lotus soup is what Empress Dowager likes. I am learning to make it, but I haven’t had the chance to have Empress Dowager try it. The flavor is still very good. No trace of any inferiority. Just that, no matter how much diligence you put into it, Royal Mother might not necessarily like it. You never know about things. What if Empress Dowager releases me in a few days? The cake is sour and sweet. You will like it. Your Majesty loves wall pots, usually with flowers in them always. (T/N vases with flat backs, hang on walls) With flowers as companions and their fragrance scattered full, bringing clarity and serenity to sleep. But you have ambergris burning right now. So it’s nice not to have flowers too, or else they might conflict aromatically. That’s what I thought too. So look. All the floral jars are empty. When I’m bored, I will admire and play with them and that’s fun too. I think that painting is a story of some sort. Laolaizi entertaining his parents in bright clothing. (T/N Number 7 of the “24 Exemplars of Filial Piety”) “The Twenty-Four Filial Exemplars”. The first of the exemplars is…”wearing thin clothes in obedience to mother”? You remembered wrong, that’s the second one. The first exemplar is about filial piety that moves heaven. It’s the second exemplar that the thin clothes of obedience is. (T/N “thin clothes” is actually the fourth) You are sincerely filial and that’s why you remembered them. The first story in the Twenty-Four Filial Exemplar is about Yu Shun, whose filial piety touched the heavens. (T/N Ruler of legend, from circa 2200 BCE) To say that in all the virtues for human, to be filial is first. Using the emperor as an example, to promote filial piety. Your Majesty has just ascended the throne and you are busy with state affairs. Have you already forgotten the Empress Dowager at Shoukang Palace? If Royal Mother won’t mention it, I will let that Cining Palace carry out renovations slowly. It’s not that she’s not mentioning it herself. It’s that she’s conceding the opportunity to express your filial devotion to you, Your Majesty. I want to move her to Cining Palace too. However, your aunt just passed away and she forced you to be confined to serve your devotion. Royal Mother monopolized authority without any regard to how I feel. Empress Dowager and my aunt had deep resentments for each other. May Your Majesty not put me and my aunt in your way, and end up ruining the harmony of mother and son. Of course I want to look after Royal Mother with all my might, but I only just became emperor and she’s coming out full storm. I only beg Your Majesty to be an example to the world, to be a blessing to the people. May you never let only one person, me, be your obstacle. But in my heart, there is an obstacle I cannot overcome. My actual birth mother. Your birth mother is Empress Dowager alone. She is currently residing in Shoukang Palace, waiting for Your Majesty to escort her to reside in Cining Palace. Royal Mother has had grasp of authority for many years. She has power in court and in palace. Just Naquin alone who is her clansman has had power over three reigns. If I defer to her in all things, then I am getting pulled by her by my nose. Your Majesty, that is not deferring. That’s being filial. In the inner palace, you can be that much more filial to her. In the previous dynasty, based on Your Majesty’s skills and resolution, they are enough to command the world. You are magnanimous, Your Majesty. May you reconsider. Jingren Empress only just passed away suddenly, and you are so eager to declare Royal Mother’s innocence. If Royal Mother knew you came to beg me, she would regret so much that she made it so hard on you. If that’s truly so, that would be so great. May Your Majesty undo the knot in your heart and argue no more. It’s been over a month already and Empress Dowager’s in a difficult position as well. Your Majesty? I will do as you say. Be filial to Royal Mother and care after her into her retirement. Alright? Do as you say. Thank you, Your Majesty. Don’t worry. I will plead your case to her when she’s in a good mood. I should go. Hailan is still locked up. Alright. I will walk you out. Royal Mother, you’ve seen Cining Palace earlier, how do you like the renovation? You were mindful of my devotion to Buddha, and there were three Buddha statues honored in the temple. And the gardens have been curated so elegantly. Without leaving the palace, I can already see such extraordinary flowers and plants. I should have escorted you to reside in Cining Palace sooner. It’s just that I’ve only recently been enthroned and I couldn’t finish all the affairs left from court. I also wanted to make Cining Palace superior in renovation, before asking you to move in. I hope you can rest at ease and in harmony. The affairs of court are more urgent. The matters of inner palace are nothing. You’ve just been inaugurated. So many are seeing that you are young and plotting schemes to take advantage. So in the matters of the royal court, you can be sure to ask the old ministers and they will help you correctly. I also deem it the same. Minister Naquin is your clansman. I plan to promote him to first rank duke. And I want to elevate your title of honor, since I’ve been enthroned. Ceremony bureau came up with the title of Chongqing (“honor and celebration”). How do you find it, Royal Mother? Your Majesty is filial, that is greater than anything. Court affairs are busy. You should go back now. Yes, I will leave first then. Later on, I will bring the Empress, consorts and concubines to come bid you well-being. Go now. I take my leave. His Majesty is thorough in his devotion to you. Go and fetch Qingying for me. I have something to tell her. Yes. Greetings to Empress Dowager. The Emperor told me you begged him over and over, for the sake of moving my residence. While I was confined, I left of my own will, thus I plead for your forgiveness. You spoke for my sake, so where does fault lie? You may rise. I just never thought that I was so pitiful that my moving palaces would require someone like you who’s serving filial time to go and make a plea to Emperor. His Majesty has just been enthroned, thus busy with state affairs, and could not manage all in thoroughness. Even though I was still at the old manor, I needed to remind His Majesty. I am taken aback that His Majesty would heed your request. I had thought His Majesty’s filial devotion was inferior to yours. His Majesty’s filial devotion? I am no match to his. His Majesty said you were the most honorable member of the royal family, the one and only Empress Dowager of the Forbidden City. So you needed to have a palace matching to your status. Hence his request for Cining Palace was for perfection, and it was delayed a bit. What a smooth talker. You protected His Majesty while paying honor to me. Even though you are a niece of Jingren Empress, you’ve put me as a priority in all things filial so that puts the animosity even. Alright. You tidy up, and move out of the old manor. You can just be devoted in your heart. You are His Majesty’s consort, you ought to move your residence to the inner palace. I thank the Empress Dowager. I have another plea to make. Qingying is a name I received as a child. I deem it rather inappropriate. Inappropriate? Yes. Ying (cherry) blossoms are all pink. But I’m a Qing (green) Ying (cherry blossom), so it’s not right. I am not only a daughter of clan Ula-Nara, I am even more so a daughter-in-law of Aisin-Gioro. Hence, I would like to ask Your Highness the Empress Dowager to grant me a new name, to allow me to cut off the past in search of new bliss. That is how you think? Yes. Then what do you wish for the most? Be true to my love, and be with my love. Ruyi. How about it? Is it the Ruyi meaning “all things to one wishes”? The “yi” I chose is the “yi” meaning “virtuous”, to signify beauty and calm. The Book of Later Han teaches us, “considering virtue is never indecent”. (T/N history by Fan Ye, 445 CE) A human who is the same as their shadow is the most beautiful and calm thing. In the world, it is better to have a calmness than a movement. Only in calmness, is there goodness. Thank you, Your Highness. I just don’t understand, “Yi” is good, but why “Ruyi”? You are still young. You don’t yet understand that it is too difficult to have perfect goodness in the world. If you can be virtuous as you wish, that is indeed a great thing. The Empress Dowager’s teaching I will take to heart. Alright, it’s getting late. You should go back and rest up. After you move out of the old manor, it’s your new life. I take my leave. I thought Empress Dowager really despised Lady Ula-Nara. Why did she release her so easily? It’s so childish — You may all leave. Yes. To not be hated by Royal Mother is honestly her skill. Royal Mother even granted her a name, it’s “Ruyi”. Even the Emperor went to visit her himself. Ruyi? What ruyi? It just reminds me of back when His Majesty was selecting his wife, His Majesty granted her a ruyi sceptor and chose her as his main wife too. Empress Dowager sent the decree to release Ruyi. Then His Majesty should be giving us our titles and hold the title ceremony, right? We should actually thank her then. His Majesty really cares about her so much? I just can’t stand it. I heard this time that slut Hailan did a lot of leg work. Hailan was never favored by His Majesty, so she always depends on Ruyi. But it’s a strange thing. Such a pretty girl, why doesn’t His Majesty like her? No matter how pretty she is, she’s no fun. She hides whenever she sees His Majesty and when she can’t, she’s off slouching somewhere. What man would like her? So tacky. If it weren’t for His Majesty being drunk, he wouldn’t have blessed her. No family connection and unskilled in courting His Majesty’s favor, she’s a bit pitiful. But seeing things now, she can do something, and not just sit around being dull. We had better be careful. That Hailan hasn’t been assigned a palace residence, right? She’s only a Changzai. She can only reside within a mistress’s palace. (T/N her rank is too low to have her own place) Then allow me, please. What do you want to do? We can’t let Ruyi have everything her way, and we can’t let her and Hailan join up, since His Majesty favors Ruyi so much. We must put our guard up or we will have no place left to stand in the future. Your Highness the Empress, His Majesty seeks your presence at Yangxin Hall. By ceremony, Xiyue and Ruyi are both equally secondary wives. (T/N married below the main wife as Prince) Because Xiyue’s qualification is more shallow, so her ranking should be one rank lower. But Xiyue is already a Guifei (noble consort, third rank below Empress). So this leaves only Huang Guifei title for Ruyi. (T/N Imperial Royal Consort, directly below Empress) We’ve never had someone granted the title of Imperial Royal Consort on first entitling. So why don’t we have both be noble consorts instead? Your Majesty, in my thinking, Sister Ruyi only just came out. There’s nothing wrong in starting her lower to cultivate her patience. Furthermore, Gao Bin has assisted Your Majesty greatly in supervising the river works. In comparison, the Ula-Nara clan really has no one who can contribute to the court. I wonder if we could just compromise on Sister Ruyi a bit and give her a title of Fei or Pin first. (T/N Consort, 4th rank; Imperial Concubine, 5th rank below Empress) And wait until holidays, or when she gives birth, and it wouldn’t be too late to promote her then. Consort title will do. Also, Gao Bin has contributed greatly, so I must reward him. Promote Consort Gao, and the clan of Gao rewarded by the glory of elevating their banner to enter the Manchu banner. Shengzhu’s birth mother, Empress Xiaokangzhang, her Tong clan (T/N Kangxi Emperor’s “temple name”) was the first clan that elevated their banner since the founding of Great Qing. I imagine Gao Bin will lay down his life, to devote his loyalty to Your Majesty. Rewarding the high ministers externally while promoting the consorts internally is complimentary. Ruyi’s title is compromising her. But for her palace, let’s have her take Yikun Palace. Though Yikun Palace is nice, it’s just that Late Emperor’s Royal Noble Consort Dunsu of Clan Nian once lived there. As you already know, Royal Mother and Royal Noble Consort Dunsu did not get along. If we put Ruyi there, I fear Royal Mother might feel — You are so detailed in thought. So she can’t live in Yongshuo Palace or Jingren Palace, and other palaces are all getting renovated and no one can move in for now, what’s only left is Yanxi Palace. Yanxi Palace is remote and it’s not been renovated yet. It’s best that Sister Ruyi doesn’t draw too much attention for now, so even though Yanxi Palace is far, I will order the interior ministry to decorate it well, so it won’t be compromising to her. Alright then. You must make sure it’s decorated well. Don’t let Ruyi live in discomfort. Yes. Qin Li bids health to Your Majesty and Your Highness. Get on up. Your Majesty, the inner palace has drawn up the titles of the consorts and concubines. It’s ready for your review. Bring it up. [ Yi, Jia, Chun, Xian, Hui ] Clan of Huang (Qiying), grant the title of Noble Lady Yi. (6th rank) Clan of Jin (Yuyan) to be granted as Noble Lady Jia. (6th rank) Su (Lüyun) as Imperial Concubine Chun. (5th rank) Ula-Nara (Ruyi) as Consort Xian. (4th rank) Gao (Xiyue) as Noble Consort Hui. (3rd rank) How has Gao (Xiyue) any breeding of “Hui” (sage)? That title is provoking. Maybe the “Hui” (sage) is His Majesty’s aspiration for her, wishing for her to be smart and wise. Her entire clan was promoted. His Majesty is skilled in settling the court and palace alike. Not bad. Not bad at all. The titles are settled and finally we’re at ease. Now, the six palaces can have calm. Wrong. Now with the titles and rankings set, the real battles in the harem have only begun. Mistress has been installed as Consort Xian, and we’re all happy. Just that it’s still pressed down by Noble Consort Hui. (T/N Ula-Nara Ruyi, 4th rank, Gao Xiyue, 3rd rank) The Noble Consort was also granted His Majesty’s banner. Now she’s even more elated. And didn’t His Majesty say to have you live in Yikun Palace? Where did Yanxi Palace come from? I suppose Yikun Palace isn’t ready for someone to move in. Yanxi Palace is pretty nice too. But next to Yanxi Palace is the path workers take to come and go. The location is on the outskirts, it’s noisy and it’s not been renovated for so long. Is this Empress Dowager’s doing? She’s still blaming you? I don’t know either. But we can leave here and that’s very good already. Yes. Let’s hurry and tidy up. Mistress. Though this Yanxi Palace is by the workers’ path, it is still quiet enough when you close the main door.
[ Yanxi Palace Gate ] It’s a bit aged, but it’s elegant. – Not bad.
– You are so easily satisfied, Mistress. The inner palace didn’t even bother to sweep the ground clean. Chengqian Palace and Yikun Palace are so pretty and elegant, and so close to His Majesty’s Yangxin Hall. Living here, and who is to know how often His Majesty would even come? Good sister, if His Majesty means to come, he will not be bothered by the longer route and if he doesn’t mean to come, even if you live behind the Yangxin Hall, he may not come. That’s true. To be able to leave the old manor is already fortunate enough. Mistress, I’ll go and light up calming incense for you so you can sleep soundly despite the changing of chamber. Alright. Mistress, you have waited for two hours already. If you’re tired, let’s go and rest at the house first. Keliyete Hailan is asking health for Your Highness, the Noble Consort. I await Noble Consort’s arrangement. Little thing, you must be hungry. Your peacock, Your Highness, is such a rarity in the palace. It was granted by His Majesty personally. His Majesty sure favors Her Highness the most. Little thing, hurry and eat. Since Empress told you to come and reside with me in my Xianfu Palace, and I am a mistress by status, so I shall keep you. But you need to know the rules too. Yes. Since you’re here, I’ll tell you. Just how you lured His Majesty with liquor then, and how you colluded with Consort Xian to service His Majesty in bed, you are very aware of that. But since you’re here now, if you dare to have a motive again, I shall not forgive you. I don’t dare. Fine. I’ll grant you the manor on the west side. Go now. Thank you, Noble Consort. Put the things down and clean up. Mistress, this room faces west and it’s very hot in the summer. It will be cold like ice in the winter. How do we live here? This room really does look like it belongs to a servant. Even ordinary servants wouldn’t live here. It’s pretty much a storage house. Doesn’t Noble Consort worry His Majesty might find out? I am just a once-favored, but now forgotten person of His Majesty. Noble Consort wouldn’t be scared, naturally. Mistress, you are too compromising. You kneel down as soon as you come to be lectured by Noble Consort. And Noble Consort’s words were so mean. How can she say that to you? Mistress, have some butter cake. Mistress, First Attendant Hai is here. Hailan? Greetings to Your Highness the Consort Xian. Please rise. I didn’t know where you went. How are you here so late? Is it because you can’t sleep with the change in place? Have some butter cake. You love this. Try it. Consort Xian, you’re the only one in the palace, to remember what I like to eat. Attendant Hai, have some tea. Thank you. Hailan, what’s wrong? I don’t know where you went. I was thinking I could go and beg Empress to allow us to live together actually. Empress said Xianfu Palace is wide and luxurious, and told my mistress to go live there. But Noble Consort won’t spare anyone. She told us to live lower than a servant! How could you have been sent to Xianfu Palace? It’s my fault that I didn’t ask His Majesty for you sooner. Her Highness the Empress already made the arrangements in advance. You couldn’t have a way either. It’s because my mistress is so gentle-natured that she is always being bullied by others. After how Noble Consort treated you, and your coming here, won’t she be even more riled up? Riled up how? Now Xianfu Palace is so bustling. Everyone’s there to congratulate her clan getting the banner elevated. I just wish I could live with Your Highness. I think so too. Tomorrow I will go and make my case with the Empress. But if Empress won’t allow it, Noble Consort might blame me. Maybe we shouldn’t, after all. Then you’ll need to protect yourself well first. Your Highness too, Consort Xian. Hailan, you usually call me Sister. Now you keep saying Consort and Your Highness and the talk of status. Yes, Sister. You’ve paid your respects, is there anything else, Consort Xian? How are you liking Yanxi Palace? Thank you for your care, Empress. Yanxi Palace is a bit lonely. Could you allow Hailan to come and reside with me? Noble Consort is in His Majesty’s favor now and they received the banner promotion. But Attendant Hailan just can’t seem to win His Majesty’s favor. So I thought if she could reside with Noble Consort, she could see His Majesty often. Maybe she could have more opportunities. Or else, will she wish to live in loneliness without favor? Your Highness the Empress is merciful. I did not think that far. This bracelet, back when we were still at old manor, I gave it to you and also to Noble Consort. Yes. I gave you two this pair of bracelets to tell you to keep good thoughts about each other. So you both can understand you are both the same, without having to argue about everything. Now you’re willing to wear it daily, so I feel that my thought didn’t go in vain. I will wear it always to keep that in mind always. Your Highness the Empress, it’s time. Minister Lang Shining is awaiting you and His Majesty at the Ruyi Hall. I take my leave. ♫Intoxicated by the falling flower petals in the plum garden♫ ♫ as if this life were our first time we have met. ♫ ♫ Black silken hair reflecting the frosty moonlight, ♫ ♫ Hands joined together, for our innumerable mortal lives. ♫ ♫ The burden of concern on my mind has paled rose-kissed cheeks, ♫ ♫ Yearning now turns into confusion. ♫ ♫ Glistening teardrops cover the pledge, ♫ ♫ joining hands for a lifetime, when in the past did he change it? ♫ ♫ Flowers start out blossoming in splendor, but are easily destroyed ♫ ♫ Who is that plucking on qin (zither) strings? ♫ ♫ When love becomes deep, people are prone to separate. ♫ ♫ Alone, I sing the sad song of parting. ♫ ♫ Twilight is tardy, spring is late. ♫ ♫ With graceful reasoning, like it had been empty dream, with sighs. ♫ ♫ Let it flow away with the river of time. ♫ ♫ Vast years apart, with no clear date of return or hope, ♫ ♫ Regretfully not admitting the care held deep within my heart. ♫ ♫ Moonlight flows like water, washing away the pretentiousness of the past affairs. ♫ ♫ Sincerity now is the only thing left to depend upon. ♫ ♫ In the endless night, I cannot put down the gray hairs to pursue youth. ♫ ♫ Nor dare to look at you quietly from afar. ♫ ♫ If we can have another lifetime together, may we both be commoners. ♫ ♫ Reunited, and again pledging faithfully to stand by each other. ♫