As he walked through the village entrance, he heard a burst of joyous sounds from musical instruments. Strangely, not a single person could be seen as he walked through the village’s small streets.
Han Li’s heart stirred. The empty streets and the joyous sounds were memories from his childhood that he couldn’t be more familiar with. This was clearly someone’s wedding celebration. Everyone in the village would celebrate and join in on the fun.
Han Li lifted his spirits and slowly spread out his spiritual sense. By doing so, he discovered that both young and old had gathered together at the village center as he expected. However, the place they had gathered at felt so familiar to Han Li. Was this not the house where he had lived?
Han Li was surprised by no small amount.
“Could it be…?” Han Li had a faint guess at last.
He sped up his pace, hastily passing by many households and turning many corners until he saw the sight the before him.
Several hundred villagers were surrounding an earthen courtyard.
Inside the courtyard, there were many tile-roofed houses that were in better condition than the houses nearby. A large banner with celebratory words hung from each entrance. In addition, there was a small group of instrumental performers that was making quite a bit of noise at the front of the courtyard.
There were some villagers who stood, others who crouched, and a few who were not paying attention and simply sitting on the ground. Gathered into groups of three and four, they whispered and sometimes engaged in heated arguments. Some continued to look at the courtyard with envy.
In addition, there were many children joyfully chasing one another under adult supervision.
Seeing this familiar scene, Han Li’s mind was distracted for a time. In this split second, it was as if he had returned to his childhood from long ago and was with the other children, chasing them while making lots of noise.
“Zeze! The Han Family’s fourth daughter truly has good fortune. I heard the husband is a state official from the city, a truly studious and scholarly individual.”
(TL: “zeze”- the sound of a tongue clicking.)
“Truly? And she is going to be his legal wife? She’s going to have the status of an official’s wife!”
(TL: Legal wife as opposed to being a concubine.)
“I heard that the Han Family had delivered a frighteningly large dowry: several dozen taels of snowflake silver!”
“They are truly wealthy!”
The village women’s noisy gossiping roused Han Li from his stupor.
“The Han Family’s fourth daughter? Isn’t that my little sister?! Could it truly be the day of my little sister’s wedding?” Han Li felt a burst of vague emotions continuously surging inside him.
Though what he thought remained a mystery, Han Li hid behind a large nearby tree several steps away, attentively and unwaveringly staring at the courtyard gate.
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