At first, Emperor Lin thought that this was the fake 《The Analects of Confucius》 and its pages may not contain anything at all. He knew the character of the fourth prince quite well. Study made him feel like killing himself. He had even done things like fainting to avoid going to school.
He reached out and took the book. He opened it and read its several pages. It turned out to be genuine!
The book was a little old and the corners of its pages had traces of being folded, indicating the frequent turning of pages. The only abnormality was that there was a withered malus spectabilis flower in the book. Emperor Lin asked, “What is this?”
“This is called a bookmark,” Lin Jingyuan replied honestly.
Emperor Lin asked again, “What is it for?”
Lin Jingyuan lowered his head and looked at the flower as it was the apple of his eye, “I use it to record the progress of reading so as to avoid folding the corners of the book.”
When Emperor Lin heard this statement, he raised his eyebrows and he didn’t know whether to praise him or reprimand him. “I can’t see that you are a book lover. This malus spectabilis is placed on this page which means that you have read this page, right?”
“Yes,” Lin Jingyuan said.
Emperor Lin said with a smile, “You recite a paragraph and I will listen to it.”
Lin Jingyuan: “…” He lowered his head as he said, “I have not memorized the book yet. I plan to read the entire book first before starting to memorize it from the beginning.”
Consort Xian immediately spoke on behalf of Lin Jingyuan: “This kid has never liked reading, but now he has started to read. As you have seen, he even carries this book with him. It can be seen that he is putting his heart into it. Your Majesty should give him more time.”
The dissatisfaction on Emperor Lin’s face immediately faded away. He loved the fourth prince. Seeing that he was so eager to learn, he felt very satisfied. He returned 《The Analects of Confucius》 to him and said: “I haven’t seen you for some days and you have already made progress. It’s good.”
Emperor Lin even had dinner in the Changming Palace. Emperor Lin loved young and beautiful concubines. Consort Xian entered the palace early and was quite older than others. Emperor Lin had rarely visited her in the past few years. If it hadn’t been for her son who was loved by Emperor Lin, she would have fallen out of favor.
However, her son failed to live up to her expectations as his mind was full of playing. Now he was still young so it’s natural that Emperor Lin did not punish him. However, once he grew up in the future and still remained ignorant and incompetent, she was afraid that he would lose his father’s favor.
Today, just a copy of 《The Analects of Confucius》 made Emperor Lin so satisfied that he even praised her for being a good teacher and rewarded her with many things. Concubine Xian was very happy but she also understood her son’s character very well. After Emperor Lin left, she immediately called Lin Jingyuan over and asked, “Where did this book come from?”
Lin Jingyuan was more honest in the face of his mother, “It was the fifth imperial sister who gave me this.” God knew what he thought about but his eyes seemed to be burning: “The fifth imperial sister sealed the luck in this book for me. It really worked, isn’t it? Father didn’t scold me!”
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