On the same night, Steward Qin came with the good news, and the elders were so delighted that Tang Jie had been selected that they went the entire night without sleep.
The next morning, someone from the Wei Estate came to lead Tang Jie to the estate.
Tang Jie did not get another meeting with the lady. Rather, an old man with the surnameNiu led Tang Jie into the estate.
Passing through peaceful ponds and pavilions, walking along shady little avenues, winding around magnificent fake mountains, and stepping across bridges of sandalwood, the two of them arrived at the Meditation Garden. As he looked at that bright red and willowy green flowerbed, Tang Jie knew that this would be where he worked.
Elder Niu began to instruct Tang Jie in how to care for these flowers and how to prune them. Tang Jie had brought a small notebook, and wrote down the pointers as he listened—a sight which the old man was rather satisfied to see.
Those boys who came to work as servants in the Wei Clan were generally after the opportunity to become servant students. Thus, they often had little interest in the proper path, and their attention was not on how to do their job properly.
Seeing Tang Jie so focused, at least able to differentiate between his actual duties and extraneous pursuits, the elder had a good impression of Tang Jie.
Once he was done explaining the basic care instructions, Elder Niu said, “Raising flowers isnt actually that difficult. You just need to follow the rules. The key here is your diligence. Youre new here, so if theres something you dont understand, just ask me. I live in that little house on the side, over there. But if you keep asking me questions every day after a month, I wont be bothered to answer.”
“Yes, this little one understands,” Tang Jie respectfully replied.
The old man nodded in satisfaction and then began to tell Tang Jie about the situation in the Meditation Garden.
Since he was going to work, he had to at least know the people that lived here.
There werent actually many people living in the Meditation Garden. Other than the younger son, Wei Tianchong, there were six boy servants, two guards, and one old nurse. The guards were adult martial artists who normally didnt appear in the Meditation Garden, so there was no need to worry about them, and there was certainly no need to worry about the nurse.
Of the six boy servants, the one with the highest status was Wen Qing. He was the head of the servants of the Meditation Garden and was responsible for the young masters daily schedule, personnel, and finances. He was the oldest, sixteen this year, and so he had no hope of being a servant student. Thus, this actually made him the least threatening.
After him were Shi Mo (‘Ink Attendant) and Shi Meng (‘Dream Attendant). The lady had personally given them these names. Those who had been given names were normally those who had been sold into servitude. People like Tang Jie were classified as laborers and werent considered to have sold themselves into servitude, so there was no need for them to be granted names.
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