The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort | 重生之嫡女祸妃

The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort Chapter 13 (Part 2)

Chun Ying, being a nosy maid, learns what Lian Qiao has been up to. Is JR’s plan in danger or is it an intentional slip-up, as mentioned by @kat357? Also, JR reminisces about her mother, but that’s no happy tale either. Read on and have fun criticizing the villains!

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Chapter 13 : Luring A Snake From Its Nest (Part II)

“Is there something else?” Chun Ying asked impatiently.

“I heard that they managed to obtain a pot of Queen of the Night from somewhere. Tonight, our young mistress wants to admire the flower in the pear blossom garden. Thus, she wanted to dress more beautifully for the event, so as to not insult the rare and famous flower.” Lu Zhu spilled everything that she knew. “Additionally, this Queen of the Night is extremely precious and it is a rare sight that only blooms in the winter night.”

Queen of the Night?” Chun Ying raised her suspicions, “The residence has acquired a pot of Queen of the Night? I did not hear anything about that.” She looked at Lu Zhu, “Okay, there is nothing here that concerns you anymore. You can go and perform your duties.”

Lu Zhu answered affirmatively and turned to leave. Chun Ying stood on her spot and muttered, “Under the current circumstances, how could she be in the mood to admire flowers? And, even if she was in the mood, why would she make an effort to seek out a beautiful piece of clothing? Usually, she does not care about these things at all. Surely, there must be another reason why she is so unusual today. I must investigate properly about what they are planning to do.”

In a room, by the side of the courtyard, Bai Zhi took out several books from a chest to air out under the sun. The chest that had been full of books was completely emptied out in the courtyard. As she carefully pried the pages open, she expressed, “Miss, contrary to what one would expect, this chest is well preserved and the books are in good condition. After the New Year, the house will get very damp so we will have to constantly take them out to dry under the sun.” After she had finished speaking, she recalled something, “In the past, when your mother was alive, she also loved these volumes of books a lot. She would insist on drying them everyday.”

“Mother was born into a military family, and yet she collected this valuable literature just to gain someone’s favor. However, I was the one who benefitted from them.” Looking at the books in the courtyard, Jiang Ruan spoke softly.

The Zhao family lineage consisted of military generals, who were used to bloodthirsty battlefields in the midst of sandstorms. Each and every man in their family was the pride of the army. Yet, the only legitimate daughter Zhao Mei fell in love with Jiang Quan. The entire Zhao family vehemently opposed the relationship but she was determined to marry him. Because of this, the Zhao family had disowned their only daughter.

After Zhao Mei married Jiang Quan, she found out that he adored scholarly ladies with many talents so she searched far and wide, all over the country, for various books to learn from. Alas, who could have known that not long after their marriage, Jiang Quan would marry the capital’s most talented lady, Xia Yan, as his noble concubine.

In the end, Zhao Mei did not live until the day she could finish reading this chest of books. However, Xia Yan was then quickly promoted from being a noble concubine to Mistress Jiang [ Jiang furen ][1] all of a sudden. Jiang Ruan laughed mockingly at herself. Until her death, her mother was unable to understand that if that man did not really love her, regardless of what she did, she would never be able to win over his affections. From then until now, what Jiang Quan loved was not the talented and educated ladies, but rather the talented and educated Xia Yan.

[1] Jiang furen Mistress of the house; Main wife.

“Miss, were you reminiscing about your mother?” Bai Zhi observed Jiang Ruan’s expression, “If she were still alive and could witness how intelligent and sharp you are now, she would feel very assured.”

Jiang Ruan smiled noncommittally. Bai Zhi walked to her and was surprised to see the book in Jiang Ruan’s hands, “Miss, why are you reading those military books again? There is no need for you to use the knowledge in battlefields. Why not read some folk stories and poetic verses?”

“Even if we are not at war, our enemies may still approach us,” Jiang Ruan’s gaze fell on the few words in the book of military strategies: ‘luring a snake from its nest’.


Translated by : togekiss

Edited by : Anks ~ Ely ~ Minodayz


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25 thoughts on “The Rebirth of an Ill-Fated Consort Chapter 13 (Part 2)”

  1. Thank you for translating/ editing this novel! I love the suspense, the intrigue, the characters (well, I don’t exactly love the villains, but they are vividly portrayed), all the little details. I cannot imagine how the author will keep up the suspense all the way through the novel (more than 100 chapters? 200?), but I am looking forward to it!

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    1. Hey shl! Glad you are enjoying the novel. There are 259 chapters in total, but many plots and subplots unravel over time. The villains are hideous…but well its all part of this dramatic story.

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    1. Appreciate your support. 😊
      And well, womenfolk did not enjoy a good position during those times. Much of them were pitiful and dependent on their husbands/fathers for support and social standing. Just makes one glad to be born in modern times.

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  2. Thank you for translating this wonderful story. I have trouble keeping all the characters straight on a lot of these novels, so I make a relationship diagram to help.

    I like to share them, in case anyone else has trouble like me. The diagram is updated the as I read the chapters, so it will contain spoilers up to the most recent translated chapter.

    https://sithkazar.github.io/The%20Rebirth%20of%20an%20Ill-Fated%20Consort.bmp

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      1. I am absolutely the same way. I think part of the reason for me is I tend to pay more attention to the “first” name, but in Asia that is the family name. So when you have 10+ characters from the same family I get them mixed up. I try to force myself to focus more on the second part of the name, but its hard to break a habit.

        The diagram really helps me visualize the family better. I’m glad you like it! 🙂

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        1. Western names are more diverse in writing & pronunciation, so recognizable at a glance, which works better for me as a fast reader. Chinese names have similar pronunciation (too many Yi, Yin, Chen, Cheng, Shen, Chang, etc, to my utter frustration), but in writing, different characters are used, which gives them a different visual & meaning: think stuff like summer wind, or prairie flower, I’m caricaturing a bit, but the idea is that you have layers of meaning attached, which we, as foreigners, loose. Even in Japanese where names are multi-syllabic & easily recognizable, they always present themselves by first stating their names, than the characters used, aka the meaning of the names.

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    1. Wow that’s very detailed and informative. Thank you for your hard work. I’m sure it will be appreciated by all our readers.
      We can include that in ‘character introduction’. But maybe with fewer details, because it might give away spoilers to new readers.

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      1. That would be awesome! I could remove some of the information (maybe only include stuff known within the first few chapters). You could post that link as a “no spoilers” diagram and then include this link as a “spoilers unless current” diagram.

        I will never try reading ahead in the raws or include anything beyond the current chapter. Give me a little bit and I’ll post the link to a “no spoilers” one.

        Also, if you see any mistake or typos please let me know. 🙂 Thanks.

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  3. Thank you for this chapter .
    We learned so much about the different ways to live :
    1/ No matter how you are the love of a man can only be half trusted first you should love yourself more
    2/ life is a internal struggle.

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  4. Seriously? Folk stories and poetic verses? Soooo boring! I’d rather sit all day reading those military books, that would be interesting! I feel bad for the ancient women.

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