锦心 (Jǐn Xīn)

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No of Episodes : 173

Author: 梨花白 (Lí Huā Bái)

Female Voice: 凌珑 (Líng Lóng); Male Voice: 奥利奥 (Ao Lì Ao)

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Comment:

This story is different from the normal time travel story that I listened in the past.  FL’s soul came to the ancient world 16 years ago into a body of a young lady borne in a high ranking official family.  She ran away from home and married a man of her own choosing.  It did not end up well.  She asked for a divorce when her husband wanted to take in a concubine.  She was saved by a prince charming from the bandit and then found out that her savior was the man that her family arranged for her to marry 5 years ago.  It was fated that she ended up with him.  The story focuses on how she tried to survive on her own after her divorce without relying on a man

The duration of each episode is around 25 – 29 minutes which are quite long.   There was no kissing scenes in the story.  All their interactions were very conservative even after their marriage.   FL came from the modern world and turned into the typical conservative lady in the ancient time.  Certain part of the story seems contradictory.    I was not happy when ML was abducted by Concubine Yan to spend the night at her place after ML was drunk. ML was also questioning that night because he was too drunk to remember. In reality, if a man is really drunk, there is no way he can perform sexually. FL seems too forgiving when Concubine was pregnant. ML was upset when Concubine Yan got pregnant and then sad when she miscarried.  If you do not like the woman and has doubt about the night the baby was conceived, what is there to be sad about when she lost the baby?

Summary:

The story started with FL’s in-laws discussing on getting FL’s husband (Zhang Ling Xin)  a concubine after FL had a miscarriage.  ZLX initially rejected the idea but he relented after he heard about one of the candidates that he has met before.  FL forced ZLX to divorce her and left town.  FL (Ruan Yuan Shi/Ruan Ming Xiang) was actually 3rd daughter from a high official family.  She was betrothed to ML (Su Ming Xi) but she ran away from home and changed her name.  She did not want to marry into the wealthy and affluent family because of the complication of dealing with her husband’s concubines.   She thought ZLX was different since he was a poor scholar and will appreciate her more.   She used her own savings to help ZLX  in his career.

FL was saved from the bandit by ML.  FL later settled down in a small town and started to weave to support herself.  One snowy night, someone knocked on her door asking for shelter.  It was ML and his subordinates.  Since that night ML has often visited her with gifts.  FL felt very guilty for what she had done 5 years ago.  ML was made a laughing stock when FL ran away.   If possible, FL wanted nothing to do with ML but fate seems to bring them together.  She even told ML that she was a divorcee and reason for the divorce to deter ML from pursuing her.

The more time ML spent with her, the more he wanted to be with her.

After FL ran away, the emperor has bestowed another marriage to ML.  His wife passed away after she gave birth to a boy (Xiao Bai).

FL started to use her knowledge from the modern world to start her own cloth dyeing business.  She was helped by another widow (Yun Niang) and took in Zhong Nan and Zhong Qiu, both are YN’s relatives.  FL later took in her previous personal maid (Bi Qiu) who was kicked out ZLX’s new wife.   FL formed a business partnership and friendship with Su Liu Yan who had once helped her.

Xiao Bai, the pampered son of ML ran away from home when he heard that his father was going to marry again.  He did not like all the wife candidates that his grandparents have selected for his father. Xiao Bai met FL and was taken in by FL.  He stayed with FL for two months and one day left a letter to say that he was going home.   Xiao Bai was kidnapped before he got home.   FL saved him from the kidnapper.  It was only after FL sent Xiao Bai home that she realised  that Xiao Bai is ML’s son.

Despite hinting many times to ML that she was not interested in him, ML did not give up in pursuing FL and even used his son as an excuse to visit FL often.  ML was disappointed when FL rejected him again but his hope rise again when he briefly saw FL’s teary expression.

ML insisted to accompany FL to the south to buy the weaving machine to expand her business.  During this trip, FL managed to recruit a talented man to invent the weaving machine that she wanted.

One day, FL’s brother (Ruan Si Qi) accidentally saw FL and went to tell his father.  During this time, ML was present and slowly he puts two to two together and suspected the FL was Ruan Ming Xiang.

RSQ met FL subsequently.  FL also suspected that ML already knew her identity and tested him.  ML admitted that he knew recently but did not want to reveal it so he could continue to see her.  FL told ML that she will not marry him because he already has two concubines and if she married into his family, they will not treat her well because of the past.  Furthermore, she will lose all her freedom to do her business.   ML was disappointed and decided to stop seeing FL for good.

FL returned to the Ruan family when her dad has a stroke, the lost of the family wealth and one of her dad’s concubine was caught having an affair.  FL used her own savings to pay a portion of the debt and managed to sustain the family livelihood.

ZLX got a new godfather, Chen Left Minister who has helped him in his career.  ZLX also got to know FL’s true identity and went to see her but was humiliated by FL.  ZLX got very angry and plotted with FL’s stepmother to force FL to marry him again.   In return, FL managed to get her dad to divorce her stepmother and cancel the marriage arrangement.

FL became well known after she won a competition arranged by the royal family.  During that time, ML has left for war at the border.  Chen Minister and ZLX plotted to get the emperor to bestow FL to ZLX.  The emperor was also upset that FL has humiliated ML when she ran away previously and wanted to take revenge on behalf of ML.

ML had a bad dream and rushed back to the capital city.  When he saw FL, he realised that FL actually loves him just as much as he loves her.  ML told FL in order for him to help her, FL will need to marry him instead.  FL agreed.

ML plotted with his parents to tell the emperor that FL and his marriage  agreement was not cancelled 7 years ago, hence the bestowment of  marriage to ZLX became invalid.

After FL married into Su Family, she only concentrated in her weaving and left the management of the household to Yan Concubine.  This was also what ML’s mother and grandmother’s wishes as well.  They were still upset with FL and wanted to test her out.

Yan concubine was jealous of FL and tried to harm FL when she was pregnant with ML’s child.  The plan backfired and that got her to miscarry instead.  Yan concubine was raped in a temple and got pregnant.  One day after a function, ML came home very drunk and spent the night at Yan concubine courtyard.  ML claimed he has no recollection of having sex with Yan concubine.  ML apologized to FL that he has not kept his promise to FL.  FL told him that she was already mentally prepared when she decided to marry him.

There were 30 over cases of ladies killed themselves after they visited the temple.  The entire mystery was investigated and eventually solved.  Yan concubine knew that her secret will be revealed soon, hence she killed herself instead.

The story ended with FL giving birth to a son and her business has grown leaps and bounds.

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