Chapter 201: Examination
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He felt that everything was ordained by the heavens, that there is no use to force things.
Su Xiaolu dismissed the idea of asking Gui You. Gui You didn’t seem to know.
There was no point in asking.
Two such difficult days had passed, and the results would be known tomorrow.
Tomorrow she’d wait for her brothers in town, too.
Su Xiaolu stopped being distracted and focused on practicing martial arts.
Seeing that Su Xiaolu understood, Gui You turned around and smiled.
The next day, Su Xiaolu said she would take Sun Baoshan and Sun Baoqian’s pulse.
Gui You glanced at her and said calmly, “Didn’t you just go two weeks ago? Why are you going again?”
Su Xiaolu panicked. “Master Gui You…”
Gui You snorted coldly. She was no match for him.
Su Xiaolu could only confess, “Master Gui You, I’m not actually going to take their pulse. I want to go to town and wait for my brothers to come back.”
This was their first exam. They had been learning from Lin Pingsheng for the past few years. Lin Pingsheng said that they were fine, but they wouldn’t know how they were until they took the exam.
Of course, Su Xiaolu was worried.
Gui You did not tease Su Xiaolu anymore.
Su Xiaolu immediately jumped up happily as soon as he let her go and ran out.
Once outside, she went into town with her family.
No one spoke along the way. When they reached the town, they opened the shopfront for business.
They really lacked a lot of enthusiasm today.
At quarter past noon, Su Chong and the others returned.
Su Xiaolu flew over to Su Chong. Before she could ask, Su Chong smiled and said, “Xiaolu, Big Brother passed the examination. Little Brother Hua and Little Brother Heng also passed. We even received praise. Teacher said that we will continue to participate in the prefecture examination in April.”
Su Chong knew that his family was most worried, so he told Su Xiaolu about it as soon as he saw her.
Su Xiaolu’s eyes were so bright that they seemed to be filled with stars. She was so happy that she could not speak.
She gave Su Chong a big hug. “Big Brother, Second Brother, Brother Zhou Heng, you guys are awesome. I’m happy for you.”
Su Hua reached out and stroked Su Xiaolu’s hair with a gentle expression. “Thank you, Xiaolu. I’m very happy.”
Zhou Heng was also very gentle. He smiled and said, “Thank you, Xiaolu. I’m very happy too.”
Lin Pingsheng also smiled and stroked his beard. “Your brothers are all very smart.”
After being praised by the teacher, Su Chong and Su Hua were all smiling.
When they arrived at the door of the shop, Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao were both smiling. Su Sanlang’s eyes were slightly red. Madam Zhao’s tears were already in her eyes.
Lin Pingsheng said solemnly, “I want to report the good news to you. Their examination went smoothly. Su Chong and Su Hua both performed extremely well. Zhou Heng is also very good. They passed the county examination and can participate in the prefecture examination in April. In June, they will take the academy examination and become Elementary Scholars. They have worked hard for the past three years. Now, they are very sharp.”
All three children were very smart. The county examination was not a problem. He wanted them to pass the county examination in one go. That was why he only let them participate in the county examination this year.
They stood out in the county examination, and the good news finally came.
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao were so excited that they were in a daze.
Su Chong and Su Hua walked up to Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao. They smiled and called them, “Father, Mother.”
Madam Zhao wiped her tears. After so many years, she still couldn’t change this habit. She cried when she was happy, and she cried when she was sad.
Lin Pingsheng cupped his hands. “The children have also been safely sent back. I won’t disturb you anymore. Su Chong, Su Hua, Zhou Heng, you can’t fall behind in your studies when you go home. The prefecture examination in April and the academy examination in June are the real tests on your path to the imperial examination. Don’t be careless.”
These three children were very outstanding. They had no problem becoming Elementary Scholars.
However, Elementary Scholars were also divided into three classes. He hoped that they could be the first class. With their aptitude, as long as they were not arrogant and careless, it would not be a problem.
Faced with Lin Pingsheng’s teachings, Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng all nodded humbly and politely at Lin Pingsheng. In unison, they said, “We will follow your teachings, sir.”
Looking at the three of them, Lin Pingsheng nodded in satisfaction. He smiled at Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao before turning around and leaving.
After bringing back all the students safely, it was time for him to go back to his family.
After sending Lin Pingsheng off, Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng automatically greeted the guests.
They weighed, collected, and packed.
Madam Zhao’s heart was filled with emotions.
Su Xiaoling was very quiet. She smiled and helped.
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao quickly calmed down. The worry in their hearts was gone, and their lives returned to normal.
When the sauerkraut and pickles were sold and they packed up, the family went home again, laughing.
On the way home, Su Sanlang looked at Su Chong and the other two and asked, “What was the exam like? Are you tired?”
Su Sanlang had never left Goathorn Town in his life, let alone know what the examination hall was like.
His two sons walked further and further away from the town. He didn’t know what to say to either of them. He didn’t know what it would be like to take the exam.
Su Hua smiled and said, “Father, and Mother, the examination hall is quite big, but the resting area is very narrow. Those who are weak fell sick after the examination. We’re fine. Big Brother practices martial arts, and Little Brother Heng and I are also in good health, so we’re not tired.”
They watched Su Chong practice martial arts. Although they were not talented, they would still practice a few moves.
Over time, their physical fitness was not bad. When they went out this time, Su Hua realized that physical fitness was also very important.
When Su Sanlang asked, he answered truthfully.
Zhou Heng also spoke up, “Yes, it’s all thanks to Mr. Gui You. Even Teacher Lin said that we’re in good health and wants us to continue to maintain our health. We have three meals a day, and Auntie has also arranged it meticulously. Therefore, the exam is actually not tiring for us.”
Su Chong also said, “I have internal force. This is much easier than practicing martial arts.”
Su Sanlang was relieved.
Su Xiaolu looked at her three brothers and said with a smile, “Father, mother, if you’re worried, I’ll go with them to the prefecture examination in April. I’ll take a look for you.”
Thinking that the prefecture examination in April was important, Su Xiaolu didn’t want to wait at home, so she decided to go out and see the world.
Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao smiled and nodded.
Su Sanlang smiled. “Wait until Father asks Teacher Lin. If Teacher Lin agrees, then go.”
Su Xiaolu knew martial arts and medicine, so she could take care of the rest along the way.
When the family returned home, Su Sanlang and Madam Zhao went to the kitchen to clean up.
Su Xiaolu and Su Chong went to practice martial arts after a break. Su Hua and Zhou Heng also followed suit.
He knew that Su Chong, Su Hua, and Zhou Heng had all passed the county examination and were going to participate in the prefecture examination in April.
The villagers were envious.
Old Master Wang even specially came to congratulate them. If they successfully passed the examination in April and June and became Elementary Scholars, their village would also be proud.
The entire village would be glorious.
People realized that Su Sanlang’s family was different. While they envied Su Sanlang, they would also talk about the Su family to ease the envy in their hearts. Although they were envious, Su Sanlang did not belong to their family. The Su family was different. They could have celebrated this achievement together.