Chapter 4: Disorder and the Evil Servant
The surrounding maids and women reacted because the Fifth Young Lady still was a mistress of the manor, even though she was not favored. If something bad were to happen to her, all of them would be punished. They were overwhelmed, trying to wake Ning Xueyan up and calling for a doctor.
The shouts in the garden passed to the front yard, where the madams were having a banquet. They looked at each other, not knowing what had happened.
A blood-stained female servant hurriedly walked by, but was stopped by a madam in splendid clothes. “What happened in the backyard?”
Mother Han was confused when Ning Xueyan had asked her to go to the front yard before she fainted, but now she understood. The Fifth Young Lady wanted all these madams to go to the garden!
She said to the madam, “A servant stunned the Fifth Young Lady in the garden. I’m going to fetch the doctor!”
Mother Han’s words shocked all the madams. A servant dared to hit a mistress! Were there no rules in the Lord Protector’s Manor?
These madams’ interest of gossip was aroused, so they walked to the garden while gossiping about it. Seeing the approaching madams, Madam Ling was furious. She knew that things could no longer be controlled and glared at Mother Yun, who then realized things would get worse, and knelt down beside Ning Xueyan.
The Madam Dowager walked out, frowning. “What’s wrong with the Fifth Young Lady? Who hurt her?”
Mother Han, who had come back with the madams, pointed to Ning Xueyan’s bloody hand and spoke with grief and indignation, “Madam Dowager, please exercise justice for the Fifth Young Lady. Mother Yun not only starved her for a day, but also scolded and beat her when the Fifth Young Lady came to ask her about it. Look, Madam Dowager…”
They all looked at Ning Xueyan’s hand. Some timid madams could not help crying. Although they did not see the bloody wound, the blood dripping down from Ning Xueyan’s hand made them shiver. What a cruel servant!
“Madam Dowager, it wasn’t me. I didn’t bite the Fifth Young Lady.” Mother Yun anxiously explained, sweat dripping from her face. The evidence was obvious, but Mother Yun still denied it. Some madams could not bear it and said with dissatisfaction, “If you didn’t bite her, why does her hand look like this?”
“She should be beaten to death! There’s no reason for servants to bully their masters.”
“How could there be such an evil servant in the Lord Protector’s Manor?”
Looking at this chaotic scene, Madam Dowager made the decision. She just wanted to end this chaos quickly. Otherwise, the face of the Lord Protector’s Manor would be lost!
“Come on, shut her up. She is to be taken away and beaten to death!”
“Help, First Madam! Help me!” Mother Yun turned to Madam Ling, crying for help.
But immediately, two women came up and covered her mouth with a handkerchief.
“Wait a minute! Mother, we haven’t asked about it clearly yet before taking her away! It’s… it’s not good!” Although Madam Ling was afraid of Madam Dowager, she now had to stop Mother Yun from being taken away. If she did not help her personal servant, who was going to be beaten to death and begged her for mercy, no one would dare to follow her in the future.
“You mean we should just let her go?” Madam Dowager reprimanded Madam Ling, This daughter-in-law from a small family clearly did not know it was inappropriate for such things to happen in the Lord Protector’s Manor. What’s more, Madam Dowager was displeased that Ning Xueyan was wearing funeral clothes – she had not been informed of any deaths!
Madam Ling was afraid that Madam Ming’s death would be exposed, but having been openly reprimanded by Madam Dowager, she was so ashamed and angry that she could not speak.
“Sister, wait a minute. Today is Ziyan’s wedding. It’s unlucky if someone dies today!” Madam Dowager Liu, who stood at the side, tried to persuade Madam Dowager.
Madam Dowager Liu’s words were reasonable, and Madam Dowager nodded her head. She would lock up Mother Yun first and then interrogate her after the wedding.
Ning Xueyan, pretending to be unconscious, knew that it was time to wake up.