Tang Jie sighed. “Ive never looked down on you because of your goal.”
Shi Yue said in surprise, “Are you serious?”
“Yes,” Tang Jie replied. “Every person has the right to consider their own future, and Ive never believed that youve done anything wrong. In my home, theres a saying that goes that a man of ability doesnt fear a woman whos materialistic, only one thats not. Women have it difficult in this world, and no matter what sort of goal you try to reach, so long as you put in the effort, you will naturally receive a reward. Thus, I have never believed that there is anything wrong with women like this, nor have I ever looked down on them.”
As someone who had been brought from the modern era to this one, Tang Jie had long ago grown numb to materialistic women. In his view, materialistic women didnt exist. It was simply a difference in priorities.
Men also craved wealth and power. What was it about women that somehow made them able to see beyond material things?
Shi Yue had her ambitions when it came to dealing with him, but he also had his own designs when it came to the Wei Estate. They were both working to their own ends, but they hadnt hurt anyone else, and they had even helped each other a lot. Thus, there was no need to criticize.
It was precisely because this was what he thought that Tang Jie spoke with confidence and energy, as if this was the principle of the world. Shi Yue was left astounded.
She finally couldnt help but ask, “Then why is it that you never paid any attention to me?”
“Because Im not the one you want,” Tang Jie answered. “Elder Sister treated me well, and I have noted all of it down. In the future, if I succeed in cultivation, I will not forget Elder Sisters kindness and will generously repay it, but that does not include myself. After all, that isnt what you sought in the first place.”
For a woman to seek something in return was nothing much.
But since she wished for material wealth, then he would give her material wealth. Was there any point in adding a marriage to it?
In Tang Jies eyes, it wasnt wrong for a woman to seek material things. What was wrong was to insist on adding the pretext of love, to use the name of a married couple to bind the man to a contract. While it seemed innocent and pure, it was just a ploy to fool the people, a show of affection. To put it in more extreme terms, it was to pay a small price for endless reward.
Tang Jie could not accept this.
Shi Yue wanted him to repay her in the future, so he would repay her in the future.
But to give his heart to her, to become a proper Spirit Master husband? Forget it.
Thus, Shi Yues mistake was not that she wanted, but that she wanted too much.
Tang Jie did not believe in finding exactly the right person, but if a woman didnt actually love him and also did not possess some sort of talent that could allow him to ignore this problem, he could not be blamed for being picky.
Shi Yue stared in a daze at Tang Jie.
After a while, she said, “In other words, youre saying that I have ulterior motives? My attitude toward you wasnt entirely because of–”
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