Thread: 大唐双龙传 [Da Tang Shuang Long Zhuan] by Huang Yi

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    Thanks foxs. Yue Shan relationship with Shi Xingquan is indeed interesting. So Yue Shan playing around with Zhu Yuyan but actually love Shi Qingxuan's mother, while Lu Miao Zi love Zhu Yuyan but ended up with Shang Xiuxun's mother. Love is so complicated.

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    I wonder if SQX's mum is YS and ZYY's daughter. And whose daughter SXX's mum is.

    If the former is true, that makes SQX YS's granddaughter. And it wouldn't be surprising that she married SZX, considering that she is of ZYY lineage

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    Xu Xiong is widely read. Hats off to you. Nice quote there. Thks foxs.

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    Thank you, remembrances are a tributary

    Another worthwhile French quote to ponder is from poet Pierre Reverdy : "There is no love, there are only evidence of love." Original, "Il n'y a pas d' amour, il n'y a que des preuves d'amour."

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    Xu Xiong is widely read. Hats off to you. Nice quote there. Thks foxs.
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    Default Book 20 Chapter 12 - Part 2

    Akolaw, that was actually my point: everything is subjective, hence I disagree with any attempt to rank the beauties. Same thing with martial art skill any moment an underdog would be able to defeat the top-ranked people. Toasted, good to see you back. Xiaohu, that was approximately the middle of the chapter. Xu Xiong, agree with DongBin, but your knowledge is way above my head. Jaya, Sky, HPC, Spy, you are welcome. Hungry, Shirak, my guess is she was not.


    Shi Qingxuan slapped her pretty forehead, and exclaimed softly, Right! The details are not important, but as far as I understand, afterwards Old Yue built his house outside the secluded forest of the small valley where we lived. From time to time I visited him there, listening to him telling the stories of Jianghu, hence I was very clear about his affairs. In his spare time, he wrote his saber technique, which he called seventy two seasons [orig. hou a period of five days] into a book. If I pass on this book to you, you could even pretend that you know his martial art!

    Xu Zilings heart was moved; he asked, Do you know that Yue Shan and Zhu Yuyan have a daughter together?

    Shi Qingxuan replied, That was the biggest regret Old Yue had in all his life. At first he thought that Zhu Yuyan was viewing him in a new light, that his feeling was reciprocated; who would have thought that Zhu Yuyan ay! I dont want to talk about it.

    Is this your habit? Xu Ziling protested, You always stir up other peoples curiosity, but then you dont want to continue.

    Shi Qingxuan smiled teasingly; she said, Finally you are willing to speak honestly. What I hate the most about you is your repulsive attitude of dont-care-about-everything, nothing-is-urgent. Ill let you off this time!

    After a short pause, she continued, Often time Demonic Cult peoples conduct violates social relationships and heavens law. For instance: bearing and raising children, which are proper human relationships and follow heavenly law, they would see it as impediment. The reason Zhu Yuyan chose Yue Shan to be husband and wife for one night was simply because she loathed Yue Shan. Therefore, although they had man-woman relationship, she did not have to worry about falling in love with him, and would have difficulty extricate herself from it. Tell me, dont you think that was a perversion of heavens law?

    Listening to that, Xu Ziling was stupefied, and was unable to answer.

    Shi Qingxuan was silent for a moment, and then she spoke softly, You kill You Niaojuan and Zhou Laotan for me, and Ill invite you to my little valley, and will play a tune for you wholeheartedly, with my true appearance. Dont you think this condition is satisfactory?

    ※ ※ ※

    Indeed Qiu Rong, who came to accompany Kou Zhong drinking, did not look bad at all; she was glowing with youthfulness, not in the least looked like a broken flower, withered willow [fig. fallen woman].

    Seeing Kou Zhongs back of a tiger and waist of a bear [fig. tough and sturdy build], her smart countenance immediately rippled with amorous feeling; she clung to him like honey, doing everything she could to curry his favor.

    Although on the surface Kou Zhong appeared to be engrossed in her ministration, his ears were focused on the next-door room, where the Little Lu Bu Jiao Hongjin and Qiu Yue were having conversation.

    This moment Qiu Yue won the finger-guessing game, so Jiao Hongjin had to drink as a punishment. Kou Zhong was thinking that this might be the best time. But as he was about to pay Jiao Hongjin a visit, suddenly he heard rapid footsteps coming near, with awe-inspiring momentum.

    More than a dozen footsteps walked pass his door, and stopped in front of the next-door room.

    Bang!

    Someone kicked the door open, followed by Jiao Hongjins surprised voice called out, Da Dangjia [first chief]!

    Kou Zhongs heart was shaken, knowing that Du Ren was coming, only he did not know what made him so angry that he did not give Jiao Hongjin any face at all.

    A deep and low, hoarse and heavy guttural male voice shouted, Other people get lost!

    Jiao Hongjin remained silent. Qiu Yues footsteps left the room. The sound of her footsteps alternating between heavy and light; obviously she was terrified that her footsteps were unsteady.

    The door closed.

    Bang!

    Du Ren slapped the table and shouted, Tell me, who leaked out our plan to attack Pengcheng?

    Listening to that, Kou Zhong was dumbfounded; he thought how could there be such a coincidence? At the same time he praised Shen Renfu inwardly, for the high efficiency with which he spread the rumors.

    Displeased, Jiao Hongjin replied, I dont understand what Da Dangjia is talking about.

    Du Ren cursed furiously and said, If you dont understand, then who does? The attack to Pengcheng, you know it, I know it, Ku Ge knows it, but no one else. But now rumors are springing everywhere outside, even our coalition forces strategy, which one will attack Pengcheng first, which one later, are plainly in the open. If your mouth did not speak it out, do you think it was either me or Ku Ge? Tell me!

    Jiao Hongjin spoke in heavy voice, I, Jiao Hongjin, have been with Da Dangjia for many years, when did I ever speak half a word of lie? I said I did not, that means I did not. Da Dangjia dont believe me, there is nothing that I can do.

    After an unbearable silence, Du Ren suddenly stood up, and after saying Good! three times in succession, he left just like he came: like the wind.

    Several times Kou Zhong was thinking of making his move, but in the end he decided not to do it, because if he assassinated Du Ren just like that, it would be difficult to admit Luoma Bang people peacefully later.

    He stood up suddenly.

    Qiu Rong, who had just recovered from the shock, jumped in fright. Pulling his sleeve, she said, Honored guest, where are you going?

    Kou Zhong caressed her face [and some gibberish], and said, Listen, I want you to wait nicely here, dont go stealing other man.

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    Xu Ziling nodded and said, I can only promise you that Ill do my best. Just think! That night, in the bat cave labyrinth, under such favorable situation, they still managed to escape; clearly these two are so formidable. Later on, Miss must also be more careful.

    Shi Qingxuans eyes were rippling with unusual luster. After looking at him for quite a while, she smiled, exposing two rows of snow white teeth, and said, You are not able to accomplish something today does not mean that you are not going to accomplish it tomorrow. As long as you are willing to promise, that is enough.

    This moment the vegetarian dishes arrived.

    Raising up her chopsticks, Shi Qingxuan picked up some vegetarian dishes and put it in Xu Zilings bowl; she said, Consider this meal as a farewell dinner for you, its Xiaomeis [little sister] treat. Oh! I am very happy. Ever since Niang became an immortal [fig. die], Qingxuan has never had such a good laugh.

    Xu Ziling had no choice but to force a smile to reciprocate.

    As if she had just remembered something, Shi Qingxuan said, I almost forget to tell you how to find me in the middle of Sichuan, otherwise youll look for ten thousand years and still wont find me. Hee ! I dont know why, but I find myself love to tease you, to see your embarrassed and awkward expression.

    Xu Ziling did not know what to say.

    The two you pick a chopsticks, I pick a chopsticks, very soon the vegetarian dishes on the table were wiped clean.

    Looking at the empty dishes and bowls, they both were amused.

    After Si Qingxuan scrambled to pay the bill, they went out to the street, she said, Do you have anything you left at the inn?

    Xu Zilng shook his head to say negative.

    Shi Qingxuan said, Its late, the city gate should be closed by now, our only way out is to climb over the wall. Do you really want to send me off a while?

    Xu Ziling laughed and said, That is affirmative!

    Shi Qingxuan blissfully said, In that case, follow me!

    Turning around, she headed toward the western part of the city.

    Xu Ziling ran after her, and said, You have said a lot of things in half; shouldnt you finish everything clearly before we part company?

    Shi Qingxuan shook her head and said, Those are all troublesome matters, once I start, I wont be able to finish it. How about later on when you come to see me? You are the first guest I have ever invited.

    Knitting his brows, Xu Ziling said, I am afraid it will be a long time before I can spare some time to go!

    Unconcerned, Shi Qingxuan slightly shrugged her fragrant shoulders and said, Naturally youll come when you have time.

    Xu Ziling was about to talk, suddenly he heard a horse neighing wildly, on the street, a carriage stopped abruptly.

    Bang!

    The carriage roof broke open, a flash of shadow shot out of the carriage, and landed behind the two; his momentum was astonishing to the extreme point.

    Xu Ziling and Shi Qingxuan exchanged a glance; neither one knew what was going on.

    Ba Dao [overbearing saber] Yue Shan, it is you!

    Hearing that, Xu Zilings scalp went numb, while inwardly he cried injustice.

    Shi Qingxuans voice came into his ear, Dont be afraid, its your old friend Zuo Youxian. I speak a sentence, you speak a sentence; understand? Finished speaking, she quickly walked aside.

    Xu Ziling slowly turned around; following Shi Qingxuans instruction, he spoke indifferently, Since we parted at Changbai, in the blink of an eye more than forty years have passed. Youxian Xiong is as svelte as before; it is indeed worthy of celebration.

    ※ ※ ※

    Kou Zhong pushed the door open and entered.

    Jiao Hongjins fierce gaze looked at him like lightning flashes, but his voice was extraordinarily tranquil. Who are you? he spoke indifferently.

    This man was worthy to be called Little Lu Bu; his appearance was heroic, grand, and handsome, big and tall, well proportioned. Every movement exuded his full self-confidence.

    Kou Zhong smiled indifferently, and sat down across the table from him. He said, Xiaodi Kou Zhong. Jiao Xiong, how are you?

    Jiao Hongjins tiger-body shook severely; his hand quickly reached out to grab the hilt of the broadsword still in its scabbard on the table.

    Hold on! Kou Zhong shouted in low voice.

    Jiao Hongjins hand held the hilt tightly, but he did not pull it out. Are you here just to accompany me drinking and playing finger-guessing game? he spoke in low voice.

    Kou Zhong spread out his hands, indicating that he did not have any intention to attack. Sneering, he said, If I wanted to kill, your Da Dangjia just now would not leave this place alive. Am I right?

    Jiao Hongjin calmed down. Carefully sizing up the opposite party, he nodded and and said, Why didnt you make your move?

    Kou Zhong replied, Because I wanted to give Jiao Xiong some face.

    While Jiao Hongjin was stumped for words, footsteps suddenly rose up from afar, but quickly came near. At least there were several dozen men, coming from either side of the corridor outside the room.

    Kou Zhong unhurriedly said, Du Ren wants to kill you!

    END OF BOOK 20

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    Thanks so much for continuing this amazing translation!

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    Thanks foxs for the mention. I'm at Book 24 right now, and I'm stalled out so it looks like you'll catch me pretty soon. I've been reading a ton of Yue Guan and Yue Guan is unfortunately a much better writer than Huang Yi is. I'll probably pick this up again by the time you catch up.

    I rather like Xu Xiling, but his story is attached to a bunch of characters that I have a hard time warming up to. And the sheer futility of Kou Zhong's story makes it rough to go through his sections. The bright spot is Shi Qingxuan. She's a pretty cool character and she's been used both sparingly and effectively so far.

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    After Si Qingxuan scrambled > Shi

    Maybe I'm getting mixed messages. If a beauty invites you to her home, asks about your love life, tells you to close your eyes so she could disrobe, then that's strong indication that she's attracted to you. No wonder she's so frustrated with him. For a moment, I misread that Shi Qingxuan raised her chopsticks to put vegetarian dishes in Xu Ziling's mouth. LOL Well, looks like it's established that Shi Qingxuan's Niang became an immortal, so she cannot be Zhu Yuyan.

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    Thanks foxs .... One more book down... forward steadily.
    Almost one third of the series is translated beatifully !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 徐中銳 View Post
    ... Another worthwhile French quote to ponder is from poet Pierre Reverdy : "There is no love, there are only evidence of love." Original, "Il n'y a pas d' amour, il n'y a que des preuves d'amour."
    Reminds me of the Zen paintings: Finding the Ox .... You can see only traces of the hoof's prints but never the Ox. Thks foxs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuDongBin View Post
    Reminds me of the Zen paintings: Finding the Ox .... You can see only traces of the hoof's prints but never the Ox. Thks foxs.
    I'll write more on another occasion, only enough time now to raise the following query to foxs regarding :
    Quote Originally Posted by foxs View Post
    Shi Qingxuan smiled teasingly; she said, Finally you are willing to speak honestly. What I hate the most about you is your repulsive attitude of dont-care-about-everything, nothing-is-urgent. Ill let you off this time!
    I got the impression she's somewhat attracted to his laissez-faire attitude so I wondered whether "repulsive" was a good adjective.

    Looking up the original :
    石青璇莞爾道:「終肯說實話哩,我最恨的就是你那事事不在乎不緊的可惡態度,今次放過你吧! 」

    What do people who understand think ?

    Her attitude to him is love-hate more than being repulsed ?
    I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more. 弗拉基米爾弗拉基米羅維奇納博科夫

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