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[Current Mainland Chinese Drama 2018] The Story of Ming Lan 庶女明兰传 / 知否?知否?应是绿肥红瘦

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I finally get why the Wang family can appear in court, so it seems the father is dead but before he died he was one of the most important official that has received a lot of accolades for his good deeds for the nation, so I think in addition to getting help from the Ed, they also used the many deeds the dead father did for the nation to get an audience and to make people pay attention to their crappy complaints.. So sad that the father did good but his generations just ruined his deeds for bad things.. Like the father was even given privilege to be worshipped in the royal ancestral hall.. Omg.. They definitely are very close to imperial.. Grandma already envisioned that GTY will kill Kang auntie and it will lead to political obstacles.. Wow Sheng grandma is really so clever.. I love how she called GTY a man with violent temper and ML someone that holds grudges.. Truly the power couple 

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1 hour ago, m0us3y said:

@watchumlots the recent episodes with the grandma poisoning incident really showed it's who could raise the stakes higher, who's willing to throw away more. 

 

As ML aptly put it, "In life, it's always about who's willing to sacrifice more. Father, DaNiang, Kang Family, Wang Family all dare not, but I do"...

 

Just like a game of poker. None of them seems to be holding good cards, as everyone has a bit to lose. 

After a while it became a game of dare and Double dare, to see who would fold first. 

 

Old Mdm Wang is indeed quite a schemer herself, and she caught ML on her one weakness- the children. She always believed that children should not be implicated or pay for the mistakes the parent makes, but Old Mdm Wang puts all Sheng's kids at stake, which made her so mad because one thing she couldn't bear to do would be to destroy the brother and sisters life. 

Thank god ChangBai came home in time, and raised the stakes even higher by putting his own career on the line, which forced Old Mdm Wang to fold her cards. 

 

There were a few witty comebacks by ML and GTY which I thought was hilarious though! 

- When Old Mdm Wang played the caring elderly card on SH, ML merely said "oh, so it turns out you have done us such a big favour including raising my Father and mentoring him to his career great heights:lol:", to remind SH that it was grandma that raised him! 

- When Old Mdm Wang tried to send ML away saying that she's a married daughter hence should not meddle in Sheng issues, GTY responded "If so, why are you here?"

BURNNNN! :lol:

Old Mdm Wang reaction on both times were priceless! 

That old Madam Wang is evil herself, if we know her story she might even be worse than step mom. She kept saying ' virtuous son-in-law', bullcrap . So innocent looking but so evil in heart.. Just because she favors a daughter over the other.. I really felt so sad for our big Madam at Sheng.. She trusted her family too much and she was so naive to not know that grandma has always been in her favor.. And like ML said, she raised awesome and clear minded kids.. 

ML x GTY are such a savage couple.. I love them 

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OK, we now have an additional evil here. That old madam Wang. I mean how could she just throw her other daughter under the bus just to save her favourite daughter? And not just her daughter but also her grandchildren as well :skull:

 

good thing chang bai is very righteous. Compare that to the cousin (kang’s son), who tried to make excuse for his mother and then even asked how danniang should be punished. 

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2 hours ago, dito said:

 

I don't know about the drama but in the book they sent Kang Aunt to a prison for women or something. Confinement and hard labor....cutting wood, washing laundry,etc. So I suppose it was official. But Da niang's part was kept secret. 

 

I just watched ep 64 with sub. I think in the end, the Shengs just solve the matter internally instead of bringing it to court as CB orginally intended. So, I guess it makes a bit more sense that the people at the court are unaware about Aunt Kang evil deeds. They just thought an innocent woman was stabbed to dead at GTY residence. 

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Y’all talking about traumatized by PA (thankfully I stopped watching after CQ got poisoned) while I’m over here still confused how they could made a whole new story with princess weiyoung... the male lead not even the same :w00t:

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1 hour ago, minglan1 said:

The sprightly steps of QH rush into Cheng Garden defying family objections,societal norms.He has finally mustered enough courage to not care about anything except saving ML.

Luck has never been kind to him,before he can enter the inner room..crisis has already been averted.

 

He witnessess the happy family picture that resonate deep affection and an undying bond of care that binds the new family.

QH can only retrace his steps and douse the fire outside with the pail of water in hand..

He has truly become the outsider in ML's heart.The embers of first love that burn in his heart needs to cool down as well..

Life..his love all have moved on...It is time for him to step out from the past into the present.

 

Nicely put @minglan1. It feels like QH finally learning to let go. It's good to see that he's not beyond redemption in his stubbornness to pursue his love. 

More importantly, he seems to have taken ML's words on cherish the one he has...his wife. 

She's really not a bad person, and only wished to be loved, or at least be seen by her husband..

I reckon by witnessing GTY-ML being happy despite all the havoc has also doused the fire in him to want ML to himself. Perhaps a realisation that GTY is willing to sacrifice his all for her too...

 

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10 minutes ago, Suzzy San said:

That old Madam Wang is evil herself, if we know her story she might even be worse than step mom. She kept saying ' virtuous son-in-law', bullcrap . So innocent looking but so evil in heart.. Just because she favors a daughter over the other.. I really felt so sad for our big Madam at Sheng.. She trusted her family too much and she was so naive to not know that grandma has always been in her favor.. And like ML said, she raised awesome and clear minded kids.. 

ML x GTY are such a savage couple.. I love them 

 

She's no doubt bias towards Mdm Kang vs other kids, and hence helped her to get out of trouble all the time. I'm not sure if she is totally evil tho...

Felt Mdm Kang also played the guilt card with her mom, that whilst she married into a reputable noble family, it was a loveless marriage, with a philandering husband. 

So the mum felt more compelled to protect her from more harm since she essentially didn't marry well, since marriage is almost everything for a woman then.

She probably planned for Mdm Kang's marriage more than her other children's, but fate played a joke on them, or God has better plans, so no matter how much she planned, the marriage didn't turn out well.  

Personally, I don't see her as evil. She just loved her daughter the wrong way, and that love has spoiled her which led Mdm Kang to be who she is today, and that love has resulted in her covering for the daughter time and again.

In the end, Old Mdm Wang's love destroyed Mdm Kang

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Omg omg :lol: wow GTY is such a savage scary man, when he is silent, you should fear, when he talks, you should fear the more.. The old Wang was saying our grandma didn't die.. Then GTY that has been silent all along said, 'you said it wrongly, there are a lot of ways for dying, our grandma is an healthy woman that should have lived for 118 years but now she can only live for 108'.. That was so on point and he puts them all in a corner at once.. Wow, if it's left with GTY, the Kang auntie will surely die while on banishment, if they don't want him to kill her openly :lol:

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32 minutes ago, m0us3y said:
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Nicely put @minglan1. It feels like QH finally learning to let go. It's good to see that he's not beyond redemption in his stubbornness to pursue his love. 

More importantly, he seems to have taken ML's words on cherish the one he has...his wife. 

She's really not a bad person, and only wished to be loved, or at least be seen by her husband..

I reckon by witnessing GTY-ML being happy despite all the havoc has also doused the fire in him to want ML to himself. Perhaps a realisation that GTY is willing to sacrifice his all for her too...

 

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She's no doubt bias towards Mdm Kang vs other kids, and hence helped her to get out of trouble all the time. I'm not sure if she is totally evil tho...

Felt Mdm Kang also played the guilt card with her mom, that whilst she married into a reputable noble family, it was a loveless marriage, with a philandering husband. 

So the mum felt more compelled to protect her from more harm since she essentially didn't marry well, since marriage is almost everything for a woman then.

She probably planned for Mdm Kang's marriage more than her other children's, but fate played a joke on them, or God has better plans, so no matter how much she planned, the marriage didn't turn out well.  

Personally, I don't see her as evil. She just loved her daughter the wrong way, and that love has spoiled her which led Mdm Kang to be who she is today, and that love has resulted in her covering for the daughter time and again.

In the end, Old Mdm Wang's love destroyed Mdm Kang

ML,GTY matured.Only QH was left...looks like he is also growing up and pruning his prejudiced view. I am curious to see how he behaves in the frame up of GTY.The case most likely will be pushed to him.

Madam Wang went over the edge with her blind love for Aunt Kang.Shen Hong said it correctly that her daughter's brazen attitude towards life was due to her family covering up deaths she caused.

 

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5 minutes ago, minglan1 said:

ML,GTY matured.Only QH was left...looks like he is also growing up and pruning his prejudices view. I am curious to see how he behaves in the frame up of GTY.The case most likely will be pushed to him.

Madam Wang went over the edge with her blind love for Aunt Kang.Shen Hong said it correctly that her daughter's brazen attitude towards life was due to her family covering up deaths she caused.

 

Thankfully I think that GTY went to have a sincere talk with him before the frame up after he helped with the fire.. I think they both talked a lot and GTY was like does he now understand things better and QH expression was like he gets it all now.. So I hope he will also help the emperor now too.. 

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8 hours ago, Golden Flower said:

 

@mooose I was talking about drama making Molan and Liang Hang affair to having sexual relationship in the storage room of famous temple, spiritual place which is usually busy with official and noble families visiting, not only once but a few times (though not mentioned exact meeting times, it was meeting every 2-3 days for a few times to the point of Molan is sure of being pregnant). Even if Lin Yiniang helping arrange and cover for Molan, other people like Daniang, RL, grandma not noticing Molan who was supposed to be confined at home disappear for a few hours for a few times and not being noticed by anyone at the temple in that era is a bit too unreasonable. Having been carried by a man at that time is enough to ruin a girl's reputation. They just wanna dramatize Molan being caught by SH. 

 

 

Yes someone finally said it. This scene is so wrong in so many levels it doesn't even make any sense at all. First, in ancient time no families with status could accept a non-virgin main wife, not to mention a pregnant one. This is an absolute no-no, non-negotiable. The only solution in that situation would be to drown Molan to preserve the family's reputation, or a forced abortion and grounded for the rest of her life would be the lightest punishment. Molan and CL should understand that very clearly and if they ever wanted Molan to be married off as a main wife then they are not dumb enough to pull that trick. In the book she pretended to fall into the pond and the Liang's son saved her, thus seeing her in wet transparent clothes. Being hugged is enough to throw her reputation off the balcony, but it is still within the acceptable scope for Grandma to negotiate and blackmail the Marquis. But losing her virginity is too big for any of Grandma's cards to work. When I was watching that scene I was like, WTF? Why didn't they keep it like the book this is so illogical.

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I shed tear when Minglan cried to Grandma when she woke up, saying how she wanted to slice aunt kang up ffor hurting Grandma while she was alone. Truly the highlight of this series is all the relationships outside of GTY/ML. ML and Xiotou, ML and Grandma, ML and Empress. This series has been a treat.

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15 hours ago, Suzzy San said:

I'm so happy that I'm crying really.. So glad she gave birth safely, so thankful to QH for helping with the fire, so happy that GTY came back on time, so grateful to all those that helped her fight of the Kang auntie and helped her in giving birth, so thankful to their son for staying strong.. In all, I'm so happy for them :bawling:

Aunt Kang died a horrible death.. But it was well deserved for her evilness that spilled on all those Shu daughters.. I think they all should give ML some kind of reward for exacting they revenge on her.. I would love it if all of them came to aunt funeral to spit on her coffin.. See what Old Mdm thinks about that while she's pleading to the Ed to punish GTY.. Her daughter has killed to many people.. Just hadone attempted the murder of Granny now she out after being broke out to try and kill again.. She got her just desert.. 

 

11 hours ago, dito said:

 

I know this will be easier to prove than something that ED frames him for. I just want this to make sense. For e.g. GTY owns the Bai family salt mines but has never managed them personally. So ED framing him for mismanagement of salt mines....that would be believable for me. But in this case, there are a lot of loop holes in the writing....which is annoying the hell out of me. This is making smart characters look stupid and on the top of that its questioning the viewers intelligence. 

First of all Kang Aunt escaping is the biggest logic fail for me. Like is it possible that ML, GTY, Changbai or Sheng family would leave a vicious woman like her not locked up...and without guards. :confused:

Another thing mentioned in the book was no one among the people involved in this matter was high enough in rank to go in front of the emperor to petition for Kang Aunt...except for GTY and ML....because of their titles.  

Stepmom getting a title makes sense now.....so she can cause trouble like this.....but why is Wang mother and son there.....son is not an official, I think.

 Somebody, please explain this to me so it makes sense.

@dito  Just as you said this is playing in the viewers intellegence.. Yes I could see the ED trying to frame GTY in regards to the salt mines but that would be still hard to prove because he never directly handle the mines all knows that he's the owner not the manager..  This big plot hole is unacceptable framing him for Aunt Kamgs murder.. I know step mom can't be this dumb as to go with the plot for a law suit when the other Shu daughter that Aunt Kang tried to offer to ML for GTY at Aunt Kang request can testify that Aunt Kang wanted her to kill herself just so she can frame ML for it and sue them killing ML.. Which Big Mdm (Danning) Evil Step Mom was all in on the plot.. Old Mdm is just mad and complaining about Aunt Kang being dead out of guilt.. How is it that GTY killed Aunt Kang in the court yard when she was in ML bedroom.. I guess she's (Evil Step Mom) claiming she witness GTY just kill this women for no reason..   

 

11 hours ago, minglan1 said:

I agree things don't appear to logical.I guess they are wrapping it up and still have to tie GTY's getting in a tight spot and ML saving him.Emperor solidifying his throne for good.This appears the convenient way out.Logic and dramas tend to part ways then catch up to again lag behind.I have seen very few series which have kept a tight grip on logic throughout. 

I haven't read the book so have no idea on the plot progression in it.

Aunt Kang's father was a highly respected official looks like they are trying to use his good name to cry foul in front of ED/emperor.

I guess it also will give QH a chance to redeem himself.

@minglan1  We've all been giving SH a hard time this wil be a chance to redeem himself and go to bat for his SIL putting his good  face,name and reputation on the line.. I just hope it's found out it was Molan that let her out all because she wanted to see ML and her child dead.. SH claim he would cut ties with her let's see if the writer expose her and the family ties are cut for good and she's kick out of her In-laws house..

 

10 hours ago, dito said:

That's what I'm hoping too. Either that or they use this accusation as an opportunity and construct a plan around it. Either way is fine.

And isn't ML managing his books...all his businesses and properties....ML has full knowledge about them. So she could have helped with the salt issue too.

@dito  GTY has and accountant in the home to show proof of what he do deal with. Yes he still has some salt mines in his possession but he has never done much with it.. It would be funny if the ED is trying to frame him for this when it's her and her family that's been ripping him off all these years..

 

9 hours ago, shihuangdi said:

Seeing old madam Wang, I understand why aunt Kang turned out to become that kind of person. Trying to protect her daughter is one thing, but claiming that she is pure and innocent, I wanna punch her face even though its frown upon to punch old people. 

 

But isn’t the poisoning case not made known outside of the Sheng manor (the house is blocked by Tu Er Ye and nobody going in/out). I think its because SH doesn’t wanna lose face about what happened. If that’s the case, then its understandable why GTY couldn’t bring up the issue. Also old madam has stepmother statement about Aunt Kang just went to the courtyard to help with the fire (I assume nobody knows that she was actually under arrest for poisoning grandma). And GTY killed her. I think this is also why ML apologised to GTY that her family brings him so much trouble. 

@shihuangdi  I think in order to save GTY ML is going to rip the masks off Old Lady Wang and the rest of them probably with the help of those Shu daughter since the old bat is claiming she's innocent.. Those Shu daughters can paint a pretty picture of Aunt Kang right along with the rest of the concubines with all the dead women bodies that have came out of her home..  

I can;t believe they want compensation for her death with all the evidence of her killing people because she married a bad poerson that she choose.. So it's everybody fault and they all supposed to give her..

 

8 hours ago, minglan1 said:

Clever madam Wang had to end up with 2 muddled daughters.She should be cursing fate to not have given her a smart girl like ML instead.

It's Karma for Old Lady Wang, She done some bad deeds to some not so intelligence people and it came back on her own children

Wait GTY is supposed to save the Emperor again and regain his title how is this supposed to happen for him if he get's exiled and become a foot soilder.?

 

 

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1 hour ago, linhlinh111 said:

 

Yes someone finally said it. This scene is so wrong in so many levels it doesn't even make any sense at all. First, in ancient time no families with status could accept a non-virgin main wife, not to mention a pregnant one. This is an absolute no-no, non-negotiable. The only solution in that situation would be to drown Molan to preserve the family's reputation, or a forced abortion and grounded for the rest of her life would be the lightest punishment. Molan and CL should understand that very clearly and if they ever wanted Molan to be married off as a main wife then they are not dumb enough to pull that trick. In the book she pretended to fall into the pond and the Liang's son saved her, thus seeing her in wet transparent clothes. Being hugged is enough to throw her reputation off the balcony, but it is still within the acceptable scope for Grandma to negotiate and blackmail the Marquis. But losing her virginity is too big for any of Grandma's cards to work. When I was watching that scene I was like, WTF? Why didn't they keep it like the book this is so illogical.

Ever watched Pride and Prejudice the series? The one with Colin Firth? There is a scene  in which Colin Firth who plays Mr Darcy jumps into a pond with clothes and all. Comes out with wet transparent clothes. A VERY memorable moment. :w00t: Was NOT in the book tho. Jane Austen, the writer, was a virgin in late 1700’s-1800 England.

Sex sells...brings high ratings (unfortunately or fortunately). Take it with a grain of salt. The Story of Ming Lin,  has it flaws yes. But the overall acting, plot etc in my opinion diffuses it (the flaws). 

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3 hours ago, m0us3y said:

When Old Mdm Wang tried to send ML away saying that she's a married daughter hence should not meddle in Sheng issues, GTY responded "If so, why are you here?"

BURNNNN! :lol:

Old Mdm Wang reaction on both times were priceless! 

@m0us3y  So she consider ML isn't a Sheng just because she wasn't bore from her dumb daughter who she threw under the bus for Aunt Kang.. Only Danning has Sheng kids.? She must have not known of Danning putting her on her family registry. Wow yes she another one that had to have trouble with her husband and concubine born children.. This could be were Aunt Kang thought it was alright to treat her Shu daughters the way she did.. Glad GTY ask her why she was there.. For she's not a Sheng.. Old lady Wang just mad because they got the best of her the youngsters.. 

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57 minutes ago, sava2sava said:

@m0us3y  So she consider ML isn't a Sheng just because she wasn't bore from her dumb daughter who she threw under the bus for Aunt Kang.. Only Danning has Sheng kids.? She must have not known of Danning putting her on her family registry. Wow yes she another one that had to have trouble with her husband and concubine born children.. This could be were Aunt Kang thought it was alright to treat her Shu daughters the way she did.. Glad GTY ask her why she was there.. For she's not a Sheng.. Old lady Wang just mad because they got the best of her the youngsters.. 

Actually no. She actually meant because she's married to GTY, hence should no longer meddle in Sheng's business.

It's like she belongs to Gu now. Not Sheng. 

Hence GTY retorted that Old Mdm Wang shouldnt be there too, because Mdm Kang is also married to the Kang Family, and technically no longer right for Wang to meddle. 

 

GTY will tear them apart for bullying ML. 

I believe even granny said so. 

 

If my understanding is correct:

Granny said she can now die peacefully since she knows someone else would do everything to protect her. 

GTY rushed back all the way from his official business, killing 2 horses on the way (died from exhaustion so he just kept changing horses to continue his journey rather than stop to rest) just to rush to her aid. 

She also mentioned that it seems that GTY will not let the Wang Family off easily because he will want to avenge ML being bullied. 

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 Poor Danning always been the black sheep of her family treated worst then a red headed step child.. This must have been the most hurtful eye opener ever.. Mother basically comes right out and show her how much she don't like her and played her mother can't stand you going to court card all to save Aunt Kang..:o:crazy: I think Danning should have gave her mom that bottle of poision thats left and told her if she wants to save Aunt Kang so bad to drink this.. Old Lady Wang thought she was slick, She just knew she could use SH to get Aunt Kang out of her mess.. If GTY and CB hadn't walk in she would have got away with it.. Even after SH spoke of how may killings have they covered up for her she still had the nerve to ask CB where was SH as if he had no say so in the matter..  

 

Here's to the man that ruled this episode

 

 

:thumbsup: CB Let That Old Lady Have It :thumbsup: Show her nothing she could do or say could save Aunt Kang..

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11 minutes ago, m0us3y said:

Actually no. She actually meant because she's married to GTY, hence should no longer meddle in Sheng's business.

It's like she belongs to Gu now. Not Sheng. 

Hence GTY retorted that Old Mdm Wang shouldnt be there too, because Mdm Kang is also married to the Kang Family, and technically no longer right for Wang to meddle. 

 

GTY will tear them apart for bullying ML. 

I believe even granny said so. 

 

If my understanding is correct:

Granny said she can now die peacefully since she knows someone else would do everything to protect her. 

GTY rushed back all the way from his official business, killing 2 horses on the way (died from exhaustion so he just kept changing horses to continue his journey rather than stop to rest) just to rush to her aid. 

She also mentioned that it seems that GTY will not let the Wang Family off easily because he will want to avenge ML being bullied. 

@m0us3y  Yes forgot about that logic, ML called it for Auntie Kang husband don't know of this because the old lady knows he would be filling divorce papers.. They came to clear the mess before he found out.. They been cleaning up her mess to keep her out of they house.. Both the Old Lady and Son knows of what she do and never giving any thought of the consequences because they've always cleaned up her mess.. With each incident her crimes had become more ruthless and violent then the other.. As long as she stayed married to the Kang house and not implicate the Wang house they would do whatever they had to just to keep the clan clean and intact.. Old Lady Wang could careless about Kang Clan.. Which I couldn't understand Aunt Kang son he is born under the Kang family name if they are to be executed so would he do he not know this.. He still hasn't figured out his mom could be the death of them all.. He should have told SH CB and ML I think my father needs to be here for this one. God forbid If she went back home only to pull stunts because everyone marriages are better then hers so hence she must go stir up trouble all because she's not happy and put the Wang Clan in the hot seat running her fathers good name with the court.. Old Lady Wang don't wanna be bothered with her.. Fearing the clan heads will roll behind her..  

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On 2/7/2019 at 10:31 AM, dito said:

 

I know this will be easier to prove than something that ED frames him for. I just want this to make sense. For e.g. GTY owns the Bai family salt mines but has never managed them personally. So ED framing him for mismanagement of salt mines....that would be believable for me. But in this case, there are a lot of loop holes in the writing....which is annoying the hell out of me. This is making smart characters look stupid and on the top of that its questioning the viewers intelligence. 

First of all Kang Aunt escaping is the biggest logic fail for me. Like is it possible that ML, GTY, Changbai or Sheng family would leave a vicious woman like her not locked up...and without guards. :confused:

Another thing mentioned in the book was no one among the people involved in this matter was high enough in rank to go in front of the emperor to petition for Kang Aunt...except for GTY and ML....because of their titles.  

Stepmom getting a title makes sense now.....so she can cause trouble like this.....but why is Wang mother and son there.....son is not an official, I think.

 Somebody, please explain this to me so it makes sense.

Wang son is at least third grade official since he is wearing purple robe similar rank as GTY though GTY has noble title. The officials from grade 1 to 3 seems to wear purple but they are then divided into scholar, military and having nobility title. I guess he just got promoted to this grade and was the reason they were being able to move back to the capital. Wang dead grandfather was imperial tutor whose his spiritual tablet was placed in imperial temple as an honor. So, his wife Wang grandma also has noble title. The son is not as powerful like his father. Aunty Kang's husband is imperial secretary. SH is part of office related to making laws, announcing laws and imperial decrees. I guess an official being able to reside at the capital not all depends on the rank but also depends on their offices. 

 

Aunty Kang's room was locked and shui niang (Lin Yiniang's old maid) broke it open with stone. She also made the mama who were guarding to leave to help with fire. Molan paid her to do that and I'm pretty sure Shui niang might have bribed some others as well. Shui niang is also the one that started the fire. She was supposed to do laboral chores like cleaning the toilet bowls, starting fire, doing errands for the kitchen etc. I think the water she used to kill the fire as soon as it started must not be water as fire got bigger after. 

However, I agree that there are a lot of plot holes. GTY could have avoided killing Aunty Kang with his ability in martial arts. He could have knocked her out with throwing unsheathed knife to her head even if he wasn't close enough to pull her away from ML when he arrived. The writers changed Aunty Kang stabbing ML instead of MN, GTY killing her and Wang family joining hands with stepmom to create opportunities for ML to save GTY, to make them closer, and to show their feelings to each other. Another OTP working together scene which doesn't seem logical enough to cause GTY being imprisoned and demoted to foot soldier. 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Golden Flower said:

Wang son is at least third grade official since he is wearing purple robe similar rank as GTY though GTY has noble title. The officials from grade 1 to 3 seems to wear purple but they are then divided into scholar, military and having nobility title. I guess he just got promoted to this grade and was the reason they were being able to move back to the capital. Wang dead grandfather is imperial grand tutor and his spiritual tablet was placed in imperial temple as an honor. So, his wife Wang grandma also has noble title. The son is not as powerful like his father. Aunty Kang's husband is imperial secretary. SH is part of office related to making laws, announcing laws and imperial decrees. I guess an official being able to reside at the capital not all depends on the rank but also depends on their offices. 

 

Aunty Kang's room was locked and shui niang (Lin Yiniang's old maid) broke it open with stone. She also made the mama who were guarding to leave to help with fire. Molan paid her to do that and I'm pretty sure Shui niang might have bribed some others as well. Shui niang is also the one that started the fire. She was supposed to do laboral chores like cleaning the toilet bowls, starting fire, doing errands for the kitchen etc. I think the water she used to kill the fire as soon as it started must not be water as fire got bigger after. 

However, I agree that there are a lot of plot holes. GTY could have avoided killing Aunty Kang with his ability in martial arts. He could have knocked her out with throwing unsheathed knife to her head even if he wasn't close enough to pull her away from ML when he arrived. The writers changed Aunty Kang stabbing ML instead of MN, GTY killing her and Wang family joining hands with stepmom to create opportunities for ML to save GTY, to make them closer, and to show their feelings to each other. Another OTP working together scene which is again forced. 

 

I like the otp and their scene. The more the better. As the title is The Story of Minglan, of course Ml and her otp take the centre of the drama. 

I like the drama and i don't care whether it's different with the novel or not and I read the novel too. The changes make the drama more exciting and fulfilling. 

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 @sava2sava I hope SH grows a spine and whole heartedly helps his daughter with the looming trouble that is upon the couple.

I guess even if demoted GTY can gain back his status and goodwill from the emperor since he isn't in the wrong.He has been a victim.There are proofs  to proove his innocence which ML will surely use.

Empress,Prince Huan,Gen Sheng,GenZhang who have been helped by them better come through for GTY and ML uh their moment of crisis. 

 

@nrbrown I loved Colin Firth as Mr.Darcy in the Pride and Prejudice adaptation. :wub: It was one of the best interpretation of the novel for me. The era / novel inaccuracies notwithstanding.

 

@Suzzy San Bless Changbai's wife for sending the letter to get her husband home. ML had been single handedly trying to get Aunt Wang punished.She was tired exhausted given her late stage of pregnancy.If not for GTY and her brother the issue would have dragged on to burden her.

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