I have watched and re-watched this drama many times. The way I see Ruyi's character is that she is a very strong woman. It is very easy to become agitated by other people's actions and retaliate and thereby start a round of hatred, revenge and misery. It is an animalistic tendency. It is harder to be disciplined and remain kind and caring of others no matter what and that is what being human is all about. It is more intelligent and it takes a lot of discipline as well as understanding of the basic principles of being human that differentiates one from an animal. Animals go by their instincts, humans supposedly have more developed minds even though their brains have been programmed from the beginning to look for a mate or something to eat. But humans have the capacity to train their minds to be human and act more than animal whose instincts are to mate whenever/wherever they feel like it or eat when hungry whatever is available. Most of the concubines thought and acted that way but Ruyi was something else. She had a conscience, smart and educated. She chose how she would live. She did not have any choice but to live in the palace as dictated by emperor's decree, as the emperor's wife but she chose how to live according to her conscience. That for me is what a strength in character is. Like Wallace who really embodied the character of the emperor, Ruyi was also portrayed excellently by the actress who played her. That is why I love Ruyi. I also do not believe that those who do what is right tend to suffer more than those who do wrong. Even though Ruyi in the drama seemed to have suffered more, she ended choosing the life she wanted to live in the end. She broke the painting and burned her half, she chose to live attended just by her faithful servant, simply and rejecting offers of reconciliation by the emperor. So, I would say, she may have suffered physically getting sick in the end, but she was able to live and die in peace as she wished. Even Ling Yunche who suffered physical abuse and greatly because of the emperor's jealousy, also chose to die in good conscience and in peace. Because suffering after all dwells in one's mind. That is what I loved about this drama, the strength of Ruyi. I agree that the actors for Ruyi and Chianlong really fit the roles they played. Now, I have to go re-watch the drama again.