Chapter 58: Competition

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Translated by : Mazu

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The one who had spoken was Princess Rongya of the Grand Prince's fu. She was beautiful and gentle. Her eyes carefully drifted toward the black-clad young man aboard the Qing Song Boat.

Another woman echoed, "Exactly, I don't know who's going to get the rabbit lantern this year."

Princess Rongya smilingly replied, "If that's the case, then I'll start painting first."

The noble women surrounding her were in agreement. Maidservants brought Anhui ink[1]and sheets of Xuan paper. Princess Rongya was considered a talented woman. However, as she knew that she would not be able to beat Jiang Su Su today, she took a different approach, as painting a picture only took a moment. Soon after, the maidservant slowly revealed what was painted on theXuan paper as Princess Rongya put the brush aside, "I'll embarrass myself."


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[1] Huimo ( 徽墨 ) - Anhui ink (known for its quality). Hui ink sticks have distinct features and unique production techniques. There are many advantages in the use of top quality Hui ink in traditional production; for example, some are "as firm as a jade, distinct in texture and always durable", some are "full of ink aromas while grinding". Some are made of pine soot and glue and are very strong, others are as solid as a stone, distinct in texture, and deepest black, which are invaluable

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