Chapter 316: Being rich is just being willful
Translator:Dragon Boat TranslationEditor:Dragon Boat Translation
Right now, all the big gambling houses were betting, but only bets for the top three.
There were several ways to play.
One was to directly bet on who would be the huiyuan (one who clinched first in the hui exam), and who would be the second and third place winner.
The other way was to bet on who could enter the top three.
The first way had the highest odds to lose, and it was also the most difficult to bet on.
Shi Qingluo smiled and said, “Of course, I bet on my husband being the first place. I bet 10,000 taels.”
Xi Rui almost spat out his tea. “You actually bet so much?”
If Xiao Hanzheng did not get first place in the exam, wouldn’t she suffer a huge loss.
Shi Qingluo smiled and said, “It’s rare that money would make me happy. Being rich is just being willful.”
Other than Liang Youxiao and Xi Rong, the other people sighed, what a prodigal woman.
However, they were very envious.
They also wanted to be rich and willful.
Qi Yiyang also participated in the hui exam this time.
He felt that he did well in the exam and had a high chance of passing the exam.
However, it would be a little difficult to get into the top three.
He did not expect Shi Qingluo to bet on Xiao Hanzheng to clinched the first place.
He asked Xiao Hanzheng, “Are you confident of being the huiyuan?”
Xiao Hanzheng smiled. “I’m not sure about that.
“But being the top three shouldn’t be a problem.”
He was quite satisfied with his answers for this examination.
Qi Yiyang thought to himself, these two husband and wife, one was even more confident than the other.
He couldn’t help but ask Shi Qingluo, “What if you lose money?”
After all, ten thousand taels of silver wasn’t that much even if he added up all his private properties.
Shi Qingluo smiled. “So what if I lose money? Didn’t I just say that rich people are always so willful?”
In her husband’s entire life, this was probably the only time he would take the hui exam.
Of course, she had to bet and make herself happy.
After deducting her own expenses, the money that her husband received on writing manuscripts and treating patients was in her hand.
She waved her hand again. “It’s just a drizzle of 10,000 taels.”
Qi Yiyang was speechless, he was very jealous.
This woman was too rich.
Ten thousand taels is a drizzle? She was too wasteful.
“In that case, I wish Brother Xiao ace the exam with a huiyuan,” he said while holding back his jealousy, although he felt that the possibility of Xiao Hanzheng being the huiyuan was not that high.
After all, there had been quite a few popular candidates recently who were all very strong.
The hui exam had gathered the strongest examinees of this year in the entire Daliang, so the competition was also very strong.
Even someone like him, who came from an aristocratic family nurtured by a large family in the capital, would have a hard time entering the top three.
Xiao Hanzheng smiled. “Thank you!”
If this was in the past, his words would also be very reserved and modest.
But for some reason, after being together with his little wife, as long as he was confident and was speaking to his acquaintances, he would not be so modest.
Just as his little wife said, this could be the saying, “Those who are close to the vermilion bird would become red.”
At this moment, Xiao Hanzheng’s close aide ran in excitedly.
“Master, you aced the exam with flying colors and clinched the huiyuan.”
As soon as he finished speaking, the servants that Xi Rui and the others asked to take a look at the ranking list came back.
“Young Master Xiao came in first.”
Then, Qi Yiyang’s servant boy also rushed in. “Young master, you are number nineteen.”
Qi Yiyang heaved a sigh of relief, but at the same time, he could not help but feel sour.
He didn’t expect Xiao Hanzheng to really get the huiyuan. How did this guy’s brain grow?
Although Xiao Hanzheng’s teacher was Mr Hou, his teacher wasn’t bad either.
When Shi Qingluo heard that her young husband was the first huiyuan, she smiled and pulled his sleeve. “Congratulations, husband!”
Her young husband was indeed a big shot. He was so awesome.
Xi Rui and the others also laughed and said, “Congratulations!”
Xi Rui laughed again. “Haha, I won.”
He did not buy as much as Shi Qingluo, only 2,000 taels.
However, according to probability, he could still earn a few thousand taels.
Then, he sighed. “You husband and wife are really my lucky stars!”
Liang Youxiao opened the folding fan. “I bought it too. I can win over 10,000 taels this time.”
Xi Rui turned his head and widened his eyes. “When did you buy it?”
Liang Youxiao curled his lips. “After you.
“But in terms of earning more, it’s still Qingluo and Xi Rong.”
He could earn over ten thousand taels if he bought five thousand taels.
These two women bought ten thousand taels each.
If he doubled it, he could earn at least twenty to thirty thousand taels.
Xi Rong smiled smugly and said, “That’s true. If I follow Luoluo, I’ll have fruits to eat.”
The reason why she bought ten thousand taels with Shi Qingluo was not because she trusted Xiao Hanzheng, but to support Shi Qingluo.
She did not expect that she could make a lot of money with her.
Fei Yuzhe could not help but scold them with a smile, “You guys actually sneaked out to place your bets. I didn’t even know.”
He was an honest man and had forgotten to place his bets.
Qi Yiyang was also very envious.
If he had known earlier, he would have followed them to place his bets.
Previously, he had seen Xi Rui place his bets, but he did not take it to heart.
The main reason was that he did not think that Xiao Hanzheng would emerge first.
Xiao Hanzheng asked his personal aide, “Who are the second and third place winners?”
His personal aide replied, “The second place winner is Zhuo Jun, and the third place winner is Lu Yiping.”
Shi Qingluo raised her eyebrows. “Zhuo Jun’s results are quite good.”
Qi Yiyang continued, “He is a hot candidate for the top three. Previously, he also clinched the xiaosanyuan (small three yuan), and was also the top scorer in the countryside examination.
“But this time, the huiyuan was taken by your husband, so he has no hope to get the dasanyuan (big three yuan).”
“Brother Xiao, you have a good chance of getting the dasanyuan.”
As long as Xiao Hanzheng was chosen by the emperor to be the top scorer in the court examination, he would be ranked first in those three examinations.
Since the beginning of the dynasty, no one had clinched the first place in these three examinations consecutively.
It was unknown whether Xiao Hanzheng would be able to get it.
Xi Rui and the others smiled and said, “There is still hope for old Xiao.”
He added, “If you are the champion in all three examinations, please treat us to a good meal.”
Xiao Hanzheng nodded and smiled. “Of course.
“But nothing is set in stone. Whether or not I can get the big three yuan and be ranked first will depend on my performance and luck of the court examinations.”
Although he had some confidence in being the top scorer in the court examinations, he was not completely confident.
After all, it was not something that he could control, nor was it purely based on the essays he wrote.
It would depend on the emperor’s intentions.
Fei Yuzhe smiled lightly and said, “Even if he did not become the top scorer, as long as he can maintain his position as the top three candidates in the court examinations, he would still be very impressive.”
In light of Xiao Hanzheng’s academic knowledge, it would not be a problem for him to pass the court examinations.
It would just be a matter of how he ranked among the top three.
Xi Rui smiled and said, “Among the three, old Xiao is the best looking. He might become the scholar ambassador.”
Because the emperor was his uncle, he did not have to be so conscious of his words when he spoke.
Liang Youxiao teased, “It’s not impossible. Who asked old Xiao to be so good looking?”
This actually depended on how the emperor would use Xiao Hanzheng.
After all, although the top scorer and scholar ambassador were both in the top three, there was still a difference.
Xiao Hanzheng could not help but laugh. “It’s my fortune to get it, but it’s my fate to lose it. I won’t force it.”
He really thought so too.
From the looks of it, the emperor should have plans for him.
He was also confident in the court examinations, so he was quite confident of becoming the top three.
Clinching the top three could be considered to have fulfilled the regret of not being able to continue the imperial examinations in his previous life.
Fei Yuzhe said, “Well said, old Xiao.”
He raised his wine cup again and said, “Come, come. Since you have already gotten the huiyuan, we have to drink this cup of wine no matter what.”
The others also joined in the commotion. “Yes, yes. Today, old Xiao must be drunk.”
Xiao Hanzheng raised his wine glass and chuckled. “Alright, I’ll drink as much as all of you wish today.”
Hence, everyone began to clink their cups. They were all happy for Xiao Hanzheng.
Qi Yiyang himself came in 19th.
As long as there were no problems in the court examinations, he would definitely be able to ace it as a second-class candidate.
He was also happy that he had an explanation for his family and himself.
He also followed and drank one cup after the other.