Chapter 189: Sharpening (Part One)
To appreciate Ms. Xi’s Dance of Flowing Flower and Water Sleeves, the door to the private room didn’t close. The stage in the grand hall was almost on the same level as the second floor, so people on the first floor, second floor, and third floor could enjoy the performances comfortably.
After Little Dot said a few words out of courtesy, she went down the stage and let the servants set up the stage.
“Juexiao, have you ever seen Ms. Xi’s Dance of Flowing Flower and Water Sleeves?” Royal King Yi asked Fang Jie with a smile.
There were only Royal King Yi and Fang Jie in the room. Royal King Yi’s servants all stood outside the door.
Since Royal King Yi was a regular guest at Beckon of the Red Sleeve, all the guests on the first floor knew that this private room on the second floor was reserved for Royal King Yi. Seeing Fang Jie walking in, they all felt complicated.
It was heard that Fang Jie stepped into the sky with one move. He was only an insignificant soldier from the border, yet he obtained all nine excellent ratings in the entrance exam of the Martial Arts Academy. Then, he was liked by the Emperor, and many influential figures started to network with him. Some people said that perhaps Fang Jie would be the most influential figure in the government in ten years, just like Huai Qiugong, the Head of the Ministry of Rites, who had been extremely influential in the last 20 years.
When the Emperor came into power, Huai Qiugong tried to resign, saying that he was too old and wanted to go back to his hometown. The Emperor didn’t allow it.
After Huai Qiugong requested several times, the Emperor asked him to become the Head of the Ministry of Rites. Before the Emperor got on the throne, the previous emperor hugely relied on Huai Qiugong.
Most of the policies that were enacted during the ruling of the previous emperor were created by Huai Qiugong, and the previous emperor trusted him a ton.
During his prime, even though Huai Qiugong wasn’t the grand chancellor, he had the power of the grand chancellor. He was above all other officials, and many things were reported to him before being passed to the previous emperor. This level of trust was rare in history.
Typically, those who were trusted by emperors and held great power had tragic endings.
Huai Qiugong was smart. After the Emperor got on the throne, he instantly surrendered all his power and was willing to resign. This saved him a ton of headaches, and the Emperor didn’t need to do things to him to get back the power. He kept his reputation as the official who served three emperors, and it was a great ending.
Some people said that the older a person gets, the greedier for power he becomes.
Huai Qiugong was able to lower himself at the right time, and it was worth praising.
Huai Qiugong was the example that the Emperor’s grandfather created, and Fang Jie seemed to be the example that the Emperor was creating. Before Fang Jie rose to power, it wouldn’t take much to network with him, yet the return might be unexpectedly huge in the future.
Now, even Royal King Yi wanted to get close to Fang Jie; who could say that this young man’s future wouldn’t be bright?
Although many people were jealous of Fang Jie, it didn’t stop them from being excited as they were about to enjoy the Dance of Flowing Flower and Water Sleeves. Fang Jie always said that he was an insignificant figure and looking up at the sky while standing at the foot of the mountain, but in others’ eyes, he already marched forward and reached the half-way point.