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Character Guide and Glossary
Xu Bin had just met face-to-face for the first time, to say nothing of the fact that they had had no prior contact. Even if he held a grudge, he was a merchant, and regardless of how much money he had, he wouldn’t dare to confront a Court official. And yet, he had still tried to lose face for and make a stumbling block for an imperial ambassador.
Magistrate Fan had previously introduced Xu Bin as a relative of Nanjing’s Right Assistant Minister of Appointments. That was a bit of a distanced connection; if just anyone shared a hometown or clan with an official, then they could also wave that tiger’s skin as a banner by claiming a connection. That was why Tang Fan had guessed that Xu Bin’s status might might have something else to it.
6 thoughts on “FYC 125: Sui Zhou Isn’t In This Chapter”
I almost didn’t want to read because of the title 😳😂😂😂
Do I need to get a petition started to give SZ more lines??? ✍️😳🤪
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Can’t help but think the title is the author answering the comment section XD
Lu Lingxi is such a weird character in this novel though. Almost all other characters in FYC feel like extrapolation of real-life character types. Shen Kunxiu in this chapter is a great example: he feels “real” -at least to me…- because I can see that type of character in real life, the dynamic between their qualities and shortcomings, it’s like seeing human pettiness at work.
Lu Lingxi on the other hand is much more like a copy-past BL novel cliché. It’s unclear what attracts him to Tang Fan (except a vague “Tang Fan is the protagonist, therefore the best!”), and his covertly sticky behavior, taking advantage of misunderstanding to get close, presented as cute, would just be slightly creepy and mostly stalkery in real life…
I’m guessing he is meant to make a contrast with Sui Zhou whose reasons to like Tang Fan have been slowly built across the novel and whose open behavior is more natural. But it still feels strange to have one character who follows “novel logic” when the rest of the world is much more grounded in real-life observations.
Anyway… I’m very curious to see how this will evolve!
And thank you very much for the translation!
Well, our Tang Fan is both extremely good looking and fiendishly clever, it isn’t that strange that the young Lu Lingxi is impressed with him, is it?
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thanks Chichi! great translation as always
hehe MXS is a riot
Not me being surprised and disappointed that the title was accurate. I like Lu Lingxi but oh dear, the more things progress the more he worries me. Thank you so much for translating!