Chapter 10: A complete makeover from Aunt Rong (3)
Every evening Aunt Ye had taught her from the Chinese Classics – Poems & History. From that, she learnt a lesson — no matter what happened and regardless of how it affected her, she must always set aside a path for herself.
These saved up silver coins would pave the way for her future.
Aunt Rong simply thought that An Yan couldn’t bear to wear new clothes so she did not inquire further into this matter. She looked at her maid, Zi Yi, who stood beside her and instructed her, “Go and help the Third Miss to dress up properly and ensure that she wears clothes suitable for the occasion.”
The maid, Zi Yi, who was by her side, deferentially bowed her head accepting the order. Aunt Rong turned to look at An Yan and told her, “No matter what I think about it, I want Yan-er to go to the main courtyard to take a look. In a while, after Zi has dressed you up in appropriate garments, let us see who still dares to bully you!”
“But, the rumours within the mansion…”
An Yan became happy. She also wanted to go and enjoy the festivity so that she no longer needed to be so lonely and desolate. But there were still all the rumours about her that had been spread within the mansion for more than a dozen years. How could they be so easily dispersed?
“Your Aunt will be there, so who would dare to say anything?” The Aunt Rong, who always seemed delicate, suddenly raised her voice, looking indignant. An Yan heard this, and stifled her misgivings and laughed. She then obediently followed Zi Yi and entered the house.
Aunt Rong also laughed as she saw her entering the house. Once An Yan went inside, Aunt Rong removed all expression from her face and sipped some warm tea. She leisurely asked Fang mama, “In a while, please be prepared to protect Yan-er. She must not suffer any grievances.”
“Understood. This old servant will definitely protect the Third Miss properly!”
An Yan breathed in deeply as she looked into the mirror at the phoenix-eyed reflection that stared back at her. The mirror also reflected her exquisite nose, pink lips and those jet-black pupils that seemed able to pry deep into the heart of a person.
She also wore a delicate, jade butterfly hairpin. On the other side, there was a gold, fan-like hairpin, the tassels dangling over her jet-black hair. It was extremely eye-catching. The hairpin that Zi Yi had put in her hair was trendier than the hair accessories her elder sisters and younger sister in the manor possessed.
She was dressed in a white skirt embroidered with orchids. The embroidery was not overly intricate, but the design was simple yet elegant and beautiful.
The high collar of the gown accentuated her slender and graceful neck.
An Yan had never before styled herself like this. Even she couldn’t recognise herself. She was startled at the change in her looks and began to feel uneasy. She turned her head and asked Zi Yi, “Zi Yi, the way I am dressed up today, isn’t this a little inappropriate?”
Beside her, Zi Yi was also seeing An Yan like this for the first time. She never knew that the Third Miss who was always dressed in ashen and worn out clothes would actually be so eye-catching. It really wasjust like the saying of ‘the clothes make a man’! After dressing in this manner, even the speech of the third Miss seemed to have undergone a change. It was as though she were a different person.
“Today is a big day. Second Madam has let me dress you like this, keeping in mind that today there will be a lot of distinguished ladies and gentlemen present.”
Zi Yi came and stood beside An Yan.
“Second Madam has already gone ahead to the main courtyard. She has instructed this servant to bring the Third Miss directly there.”
An Yan faced the mirror and looking at her reflection. The frowned and thought, What was improper? She was the Third Miss, the prime minister’s manor’s Third Miss, so the way she was dressed up, how could it be improper? Who would dare to say that it was incorrect anyways?
She then stood up and turned around, her skirt swirling about in a gorgeous arc.
Following behind Zi Yi, An Yan boldly walked forth with her head held high and her back straightened. She had learnt all the etiquette required of a daughter of an aristocrat perfectly and today, she would finally be able to use them.
When An Yan walked out of Xiu Liang Courtyard, she felt that the snowfall outside had increased.