Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace FINAL EPISODE
Episode 87 Yikun Palace I have your carriage prepared. I won’t sit. Let’s talk. Yes. Wait here for me. I’l walk alone. Careful, Your Highness. Your Highness, it’s late and the air is chilly. Your health isn’t well. Let’s go in. I still want to sit a bit longer here. Then I will get a blanket for you. Don’t be busy. Come sit and have some tea. But that’s not orderly. What order or not? You served me for so many years and you’re either standing or kneeling. I’ve never seen you sit. Sit. Accompany me. I remember that day on Chang Road, it was my first meeting with you. You interrogated the supervisor eunuch. So bold and direct. In a blink, it’s been so many years. I — I will never forget that day until my death. I had no one to depend on since I was little. It was your care that I received. Letting me serve you is my good fortune. Having you is my good fortune. I don’t only remember the day I met you. I also remember so many days in this palace. I remember the first time I came into the palace to meet my aunt. The palace full of red walls and green roof. I thougth this red wall was so tall. I remember hearing the opera of head over wall. It was my first time seeing Hongli. I took him to escape. To play on the fortress wall. After some time, he was on the fortress wall, asking me to be with him. And he said, with him there, I can be assured. I still remember the night I married into the prince manor as the second wife. The way he opened my veil and saw me. And I remember the time he asked me to be the step empress. He said, Ruyi, I’m above everyone but all alone. I’m so lonely. Come to my side. At that time, I could care about nothing else. Only to nod. And step by step I walked to his side. Walked to today. These years, your love. I saw it all. Your Highness, you miss His Majesty. These days. I think about them now. They all seem like yesterday. But it’s as though nothing happened too. So do I still miss him? I won’t miss him. Your Highness, you endured too bitterly in this palace. In this palace, who isn’t bitter? These days, I also thought of so many people. I remembered Aunt. A’Rou. Lanhua. Xinyue. And I would think of Liyun, Yuyan, Yihuan. Even Wei Yanwan. I told His Majesty before. That in this palace, the endless schemes and calculates wear one out. For favor. For clans. So many lives were spent on that. Was that all worth it really? If Yonghuang and Yongqi were both fine. Jingsi and Yongjing both grew up. How great would that be? Rongpei. Think. If all these things didn’t happen, Lanhua, Xiyue, Luyan, Yuyan, Yihuan. What would they all look like now? Now, would they be sitting here with us drinking tea and chatting? Would they be here too? Maybe even His Majesty. Have some tea. You drink too. The tea is faint. Go get some new tea and switch a pot. Yes. Your Highness. Letter to Yongji. Your Majesty is awake. Come. Wipe your face and get some energy. Jinbao is still waiting outside. Let him in. Jinbao. Your Majesty. Yikun Palace Mistress has died. How? Your Majesty, the palace news state, Empress had tuberculosis for a long time. And later she refused to take medicine. So at night, at the hour of rat, she passed away. It was said her highness passed away very peacefully and Rongpei also died to follow her mistress. Your Majesty, you sent back her scroll and treasure. But she didn’t take it and she was so sick but she didn’t tell you. She didn’t take medicine and she’s fighting with you with her life. Get lost. Your Majesty. Even if empress and I had something going on, it’s never your turn to say a thing here. No culture at all. Get lost. Yes. Dissipate your anger, Your Majesty. What about the funeral arrangement? What arrangement? What arrangement? Get lost you all. Clearly I saw you before I left the palace. And you were still fine. How can this be? Why did you keep it from me? Why didn’t you take medicine when you were ill? For what, exactly? Yikun Palace Ula-Nara memorial Empress. How can you just go? Wei clanswoman already got what she deserved. You should enjoy your life now. Ula-Nara memorial Her Highness is so unlucky. To just leave now. What is there to be sad about? Her Highness should be with her youthful lover now. Royal Father. Royal Father. You came to see Mother too? Mother said, she is free. Is she really free? Yongji Yongji, good child. Don’t cry. Your mother is just very ill. And I’m escaped from my illness now. Now I’m free to be. Remember what I said. I only wish for your life-long peace and wellness. If there’s another wish? I wish also for you to be free too. Don’t do what you don’t wish to do. Take good care of yourself. What your mother gave you, you keep it well. Fujia, take Yongji in first. Yes.
– Royal Father, you’re not going in? Wellness to Your Majesty. Your Majesty, I asked about it. Empress’s tuberculosis was indeed severe. And she wouldn’t take medicine. So there was no way to spare her. But she left very peacefully. She went out with Rongpei during the day even. She went up to the fortress wall alone for a bit too. At night she was in the courtyard, drinking tea with Rongpei when she left. Like she fell asleep. Besides the letter for 12th prince, she had this withered green plum by her. This painting. She destroyed it herself? Yes. Before she died, she took away the other half herself and burned it. Your Majesty. His Majesty is here. Your Majesty. Your Majesty, you are in pain from mourning. How are you here? This painting came from your hand. I order you to restore it and restore it to the exact like as before. Your Majesty. I cannot do it. Why? Your Majesty, do you still remmember, when I painted this for you and empress You and Empress had each other in your eyes. So you held hands naturally. I said, as long as you hold hands, the painting will be better still. Empress said it’s not rule-bound. But you said, it was indeed not rule-bound. But it agrees with you and Empress’s sentiment. Your Majesty, I think there’s a Chinese saying, paintings are better than people. But I always think paintings are sometimes most useless. What is more beautiful and unforgettable are what’s in our eyes and hearts. Paintings can’t compare to that. A painting that is destroyed is forever destroyed. So no matter how good a painting, it is not worth yearning for. So you are not willing to restore it for me? It’s not that I don’t want to, but I can never paint it again. Even if I force myself I can’t get the same image. May you forgive. Isn’t that my aunt’s residence, Jingren Palace? I go there a lot to play. I’ve never brought anyone here. Don’t tell others. When did you start to like me? I thought one’s heart is only moved once in a lifetime. I just wish to be with you for long. However long can be is how long. I will always be with you. I like those three words you say. Do not worry. I want to tell you we are together now. You will never be alone in the summit. I will accompany you forever. Your Majesty. Do you know the saying, orchid beginnings still end? In youth reading, I only felt the regrettable sentiment. But now I comprehend it. Flowers bloom and fall. There is timing to them. Your Majesty. Li Yi, send my word. Yes. Empress’s actions in life were a trail of madness. Therefore her funeral is not apt to be carried out as funeral of an empress. Only to be carried out as that of an imperial noble consort. Wipe clear all her records in the palace. As well as her portraits. And proclaim to the world the Ula-Nara clanswoman died. To be arranged. Your Majesty, Empress Dowager is here. Royal Mother, what brings you here? You should know why I’m here. I say, Emperor, you proclaimed to the world Ula-Nara clanswoman died. Tongues are wagging outside the palace. Other people dare not come here to ask. I’m here to ask you. What are you trying to do? Ruyi is the Empress. Not only did you change the rites of the funeral of an Empress, and you called her as Ula-Nara clanswoman to the outside to announce her death. Not to be allowed to use the burial of an empress. Are you deposing the Empress? That year, at Hangzhou Palace, you cautioned me that deposing an Empress is a negligent act. I didn’t dare to violate the rule. But it’s Ruyi who doesn’t want to be my Empress. I returned the Annal to her and she refused it. Her illness was serious and she refused to take medication. When she was conferred as the Empress, the portrait that Lang Shi’ning did for us, she even destroyed her part. Even so, you stuffed Ruyi in Imperial Noble Consort Chun’s tomb garden. Without any setting of tombstone or sign. And you wiped away all her records and portrait remains in the palace. That is going too far. I’m the Emperor. I have my own considerations. She cut her hair and over and over she defied me and reprimanded me. Where did she place my reputation? I govern the world with rules. If everyone is like her, how can I govern the people in the kingdom and the harem? You also talked about status, honor and power. Ruyi didn’t care about them at all. Since she didn’t care, I didn’t wanted to force her. Perhaps, she shouldn’t be in the palace. I understand. You want Ruyi to be free. Fine. Since you have decided, I will go back then. [ Plum Pavilion ] Meiwu… you need to use more strength to wipe it. The more you dare not face it, it will be harder to forget what you want to forget. Isn’t that so? [ Nine years later ] [ Plum Pavilion inside Yangxin Hall ] Your Majesty. Your Majesty, you have been staying here for the past few days and refused to go out. The ladies in the harem miss you. Should I go out with you for a stroll? Your Majesty, Cining Palace has sent someone to relay a message. Empress Dowager would like you to visit her. Alright, I know. Royal Mother, Yongyan has married. He has also been conferred as the Prince. For the past years, he has been struggling. He’s the best choice for the Crown Prince. That’s right. Nine years have passed. Yongyan’s major event has been set. As for Seventh and Ninth Princesses, they have also married and left. Imperial Noble Consort has gone mad. Her state of condition is totally brought upon by herself. She should be punished for it. It’s just that, Yongyan has grown up. It’s not good to see his mother in this condition. There should be a solution for this. I understand. Mistress, drink the soup. Drink the soup? Let me drink the soup. Slowly. This…what is this? I forgot to tell you. This is not mushroom soup. This is a bowl of arsenic. You…you… [ Qianlong 40th year in reign. ] [ Imperial Noble Consort of Wei Clan dies. ] [ Posthumously, Imperial Noble Consort Lingyi. ] [ Yongyan appointed… ] [ as Crown Prince ] Your Majesty. When I was appointed as the ruling Emperor, I wonder if it’s like today too. I feel relieved and uneasy too. Late Emperor was sage. To elect you to nurture the world. Your Majesty, the student surpasses the master. He will definitely be a humane ruler of the commoners. All my life. Fondness of spouse. Obedience of consorts. Mercy of parents and blessings of children. I have lost many of them. In the end, I am just a widowed man in the world. [ Emperor Jiaqing 4th year in reign ] Your Majesty, what are you looking for? I will help you to look for it. Where’s that box? Your Majesty, it’s here. You can leave first. Yes. Your Majesty. Your Majesty, this is green plum sprouts. Your Majesty? Your Majesty. Your Majesty! [ 1799 A.D. ] [ Emperor Qianlong ] [ passed away at the age of 89 years old. (T/N by the Chinese lunar-based calendar and tradition, by today’s calendar and convention, 87 years of age ] [ after Emperor Qianlong’s court, ] [ never was there another Ula-Nara woman entering the palace to be a consort. ] [ The end ] ♫ Being your favorite and being forgotten both are argued in my heart, at a loss to arrive at an explanation. ♫ ♫ You bear witness to constant changes in my well-being, my sorrows and my joys, the path of my dreams forever cut of ♫ You draw my hand to embroider all alone in my loneliness, silken clothes pile up under the moonlight. ♫ ♫ Telling myself they might be used for warmth, but who would dare? ♫ ♫ Whose life after life is filled with paired images of love and resentment? ♫ ♫ One side is beautiful, the other expressionless and silent. ♫ ♫ From a distance, visits come around without word of your approach, ♫ ♫ filling time between acts perhaps? ♫ ♫ Feelings fracture, forgive and wistfully anticipate, forgetting they’re part of the paired image, ♫ ♫ One day in cold indifference, the next in warm recollection. ♫ ♫ If only we might perpetually walk in the brilliant sunlight ♫ ♫ This lifetime has been so dismally overcast. ♫ ♫ From now on, this lifetime will be… ♫ ♫ without clouds. ♫