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[English subtitles are available] [Cry Me A River of Stars] [Ep4] [Tao Mansion] Lord Tao. Lord Tao. What are you doing? Please, your efforts are in vain. You will see in a moment. What do you know? Where's his lordship? His lordship is working. I'll go see him then. His lordship won't see you. Please go back. Don't be silly. We might miss the propitious time. Are you trying to devote yourself to his lordship? Just go, now. What are you saying? Lord Tao. My lord. My lord. Finally. You almost missed the propitious time. I heard this lady was saved by his lordship.
And she wants to devote herself to him. Is that true? No. If that's the case, why won't he let her in? I think his lordship abandoned her. And now she's here because she's pregnant. How awful. Why are you talking nonsense? I'm not. Look. I even brought the peaches. The peaches? My lord, have you ever heard of Taking Oath in the Peach Garden? They were not born on the same day but they seek... Look. Look at that. I do not seek to die together with you. But I wish to requite your favor. No need. I won't take an oath with you. But I'm truly grateful. And I wish to do something for you. She's here to requite the favor indeed. His lordship is so cold. How could he treat a lady like this? I know. My lord, I think Fan really means it. Why don't you... - He won't let her in. - She just wanna repay his kindness. What a poor girl! What kind of person would do such a thing! She's just standing there. So pitiful. My lord, am I really bothering you? What do you think? I just did what I ought to do. There is no need for you to hold on to it. I've worked at the capital for years, numerous people seek to cling to the powerful with the excuse of requiting favors. We have different statuses. Don't you think people will talk?
True. That's true. Fine. I see. Now go. You can go now. Don't stand here. Go home. Go. Just go. Let's go. Yeah. Yeah. Let's go. Let's go home. My lord, Fan means well. She just doesn't know how to say it. Were you too harsh on her? [Tao Mansion] [Forge Ahead In Storm] How absurd. I'm not clinging to anyone. He takes my kindness for nothing. How petty. Fan. I quit today. Why? Because... Just say it. We're here to make money. Fan. I'll just say what's in my mind. You caused trouble over and over again. We didn't make any money. Instead, we're constantly in trouble. It's time for us to leave. Wait, wait. I know there're problems with my pleasure boat. But I see you as my family. You have to
have some vision. We are bound to have a second boat. When we have a second boat, who's going to be the owner? You guys. I promise, if you stay with me and do a good job, I'll give you anything you want. You know? Really? In order to operate my boat, I need to learn from others. The setting sun looks glorious indeed, only it is so close to dusk. [A Female Manager] When the dusk is here, the dawn is not far away. Who are you? Just an ordinary man looking for a job. You know a lot. I'm just an uneducated man. But I just saw... What did you see? I saw your gloom and your vulnerability. It must be difficult for a woman to be in charge. That's why you take these measures to protect yourself. That's the way to manage your subordinates. What's your name? My name is Ran. You said you were looking for a job. Come with me. Here, try this. Try this. Enjoy, please. Look at the decoration and the ornaments. All the deserts look different. How much do all these cost?
Looks like they've made a lot of money. What can you do? Not much. But I'm a fast learner. I can cook a bit too. I'm especially good at cutting things. Good. Come with me. OK. Have some tea, please. Make yourself at home. Since I'm here, I should learn the signature dishes from the chef. Ma'am. Is that ice? That is very rare. On other boats, they usually preserve the fruit in a bucket of water. You are indeed... Fortune Pleasure Boat is one of the three largest boats in Cloud County. The small boats cannot compare with ys. OK. You will work in the kitchen. Go change and come back. Yes. Where is it? Why am I hiding? I'm already changed. Not here. Who are you? Ugh... I'm the new helper, Ran. Hello, hello. Hello, hello. My name is Zhuo Jiqing. I'm the zither player. Well. I'm changed. So I'll go to work now. Where is my zither grease? Miss Cherry. Miss Cherry. Miss Cherry. Miss Cherry. Miss Cherry. Don't be shy. You're so pretty. Don't you want to hang out?
Miss Cherry. Are you alright? Could you step back? Get out. Sir, please wait. Please. Please wait. Wait? I spent money here. And I can't even hang out with your dancer? No. Sir. That's not true. We just want to know how do you like to do it so that we can help. How? Tell me, how! Sir. Please, calm down. Hit me. Hit me hard. Here. What? That's a first. What kind of person is that? Sir. Look. Is he insane? Miss Cherry is a dancer. She's too skinny to give a good whip. Yeah. This man might not be very strong, but he's a man after all. He'll do. Me? I can't understand this. OK. You do it. He's into this. I... Keep going. Cherry. Don't worry. Jiqing can handle this. It's OK. Come on. Are you mute? It's none of your business. Come again. How rude.
OK. Here. Try my rice cake. Ran. I feel defiled. That man was disgusting. You are a man. You can't be defiled. Plus, you helped Miss Cherry. True. Dig in. Why are you touching your nose? I've had rhinopolyp since I was a kid. I can't have spicy food. Rhinopolyp? I see. So you touch your nose when you're troubled. What do you think? It's great. Can I wrap the rest up for someone? You can. But for whom? Miss Cherry? I mean, why bother? She's so aloof. And not very nice. She's great. You have no idea. Are you... Cut it out. She's way out of my league. Dude. Don't be unduly bumble. I'll help you. Do you mean unduly humble? You know, girls like men who don't talk much. Do you know Lord Tao? Do you know why is he so popular? Because he doesn't talk much. You're a fast learner. Not bad. Ran. Please, can we have a word? Sure. Ma'am.
Don't be nervous. Come, talk to me. Here. Come sit with me. I don't like where this is going. Usually, I have to act hardball to ensure effective management. People talk behind my back. They say that I'm a monster that will die alone. And I know it. But you, you are the only one who could see my vulnerability. You're different. Ran. You too? What you said before, was it all a lie? No. It wasn't. It's just that, that, I have a disease. What? Yes. That's, that's why. Ma'am, the distinguished guests are about to arrive. I see. I'm coming. My lord, thank you for coming. Your presence brings light to our humble boat. I can't believe my luck. Please sit, my lord. Greetings to you, Lord Tao. What dance would you like to see? Miss May recently rehearsed the Dance of the Startled Swan. Would you like to see it first? Sure. Don't just stand there. Go prepare for it. Yes. Ma'am, get me the manservant who was standing there. Yes, my lord. I'm on it. Sir. What? What are you making?
"Abundance of Wealth". How? It's complicated. Some other time. Ran. You don’t need to do that. Come with me. - Come. -No. No, no. I can't. I really can't. I can't do anything. I'll embarrass you. Ran. Don't worry. Just stand there and serve tea and food accordingly. I'll be watching you. Now, come with me. I... Tea, please. Yes, my lord. It's cold. Ran. Go boil some water. No need. I've been sitting all day. My arm feels... My lord. I'll give you a massage. The back of my neck. Sure. My lord. Would you like some fruit? These are fresh grapes, lychee and longan. I will have a try. Sure. You can go now. Just him will do. Stand there. What are you doing here dressed like this? My lord, you recognized me? I'm not blind. I just wanted to see the operations of another boat. I didn't do anything bad. Are you sure you can learn by just watching? How do you know I can't? Fine. Learning is a good thing. But you should know that I hate underhanded tactics. I'm not using any. You better not. Leave the boat first thing in the morning. Or I will tell the manager. My lord, how can you snitch?
I will if I say so. Fine. My lord. I'm hungry. Bring some food. Yes, my lord. Ran, you're back. Are you in a bad mood? Bro, I'm leaving tomorrow. Why? You just came here. I can't say. Forget it. Let's not talk about this. Do you really like Cherry? I, I dream about her. I'll help you woo her tonight. Let's do it. Do it? A love letter? It's an old method, but we'll infuse new thoughts. Wait. I have read a few books, but due to my family background, I was never taught how to write. Ran. I can read sheet music but I cannot write. That's fine. I'm here to help. No. Wait. You don't even know how to spell humble. You... What do you know? I don't know much, but I swell in writing these lines. Watch. [I sit down to admire the limpid river and I lie down to watch the stars. Yet I see your face in the waves. And I see your face in the moonlight.] Nice calligraphy. Nice writing. Finished? Gimme. Let me tell you. Later, you will deliver this to Miss Cherry. She will reply after reading it. I... Ran.
I... I'm nervous. Please, man up. Chin up. Chest out. Let's do this. Let's do this. Let's go. OK. Go. Let's do this. Go. Let's do this. Let's do this. I don't think I ever allowed for you to approach me. Pardon me, my lord. Li Fan disguised as a manservant and joined Fortune Boat. If Azurelanders are really involved, then I suspect they already found out about this base. Li Fan is here to test us. My lord, are you still up? I'm delivering midnight snacks to you. What's going on? They're meeting up in private. I know too much. Stop there. Why are you shivering? I... I'm afraid that the blood could stain your clothes. There are numerous ways to kill. Quite a few won't spill a drip of blood. My lord, I'm trustworthy. I will never say a word. About what? About you and Miss Cherry. It's not what you think. My lord, someone was out there. What's going on? Well, Cao Qing and Cherry are in love with each other. But Cao's parents didn't give their blessings. That's why they could only meet in my room.
That's why you misunderstood the situation. Yes, that's right. I was held up by something. I see, so Mr. Cao and Miss Cherry, you two are a couple. Yes. Well. If you will excuse me. My lord. What... What was that about? My lord, why did you say that to Li Fan? I'm sending you to Springtime. I need a cause. Sending me to Springtime? Why did the Azurelanders try to kidnap Li Fan? She must know something. Now we know Lian Qi is still alive, he must return for her. I will send you to Springtime shortly. Prepare yourself. During your assignment, you must keep Li Fan safe and under your watch. She's our biggest bait at the moment. You heard? Look, there are sounds of lights, but none of them is lighted for me. There are plenty more fish in the sea. Why does it have to be Cherry? Ran. I'm leaving this place. Where are you going? I... I don't know. Then, why don't you come with me?
Where to? Zhuo Jiqing, let me reintroduce myself. My name is Li Fan. I'm the owner of Springtime Boat. If you like, you can come with me. You are a woman? I see you as a brother, but you're a woman. You liar! Are you coming or not? I sit down to admire the limpid river and I lie down to watch the stars. Yet I see your face in the waves. And I see your face in the moonlight. Ugh. Sorry. I've been away for a while. Sorry about the dust. This is... It's small but fully equipped. Right? Yes, yes. I knew it. You have the vision. Yes. [Contract] Here. Put down your fingerprint and you work for Springtime. Well... I know Springtime is nothing compared to the other boats. If it's beneath you, then forget it. I... I'm here now, I will work for you. Good, so we are on the same boat. [Springtime Pleasure Boat: Looking for dancers] Here's your task.
What? You will wear this sign, and walk around the market and recruit a dancer for me. I... I believe in your taste. Go. What? I just signed the contract, you're giving me a task? Yeah. Don't waste your time. We're already behind. We have to work harder. Here. Now go. Go ahead. Go. You are back already? Lord Tao. What are you doing here? I'm recommending you a dancer. Do you mean Miss Cherry? Yes. It would be my pleasure to have a talented dancer like Miss Cherry. But Springtime is nothing compared to Fortune Boat. Does Miss Cherry mind a pay cut by joining us? I demand 300 tael per month. 300 tael? Then you are way too expensive for a small boat like ours. 300 tael is pretty steep. 100 tael then. 100 tael? Why don't you sell my boat? How much do you think then? 30 tael. What? That's all I can afford.
Miss Cherry. If you can't accept this, then my hands are tied. Fine. 30 tael it is. Deal. Really? Fine. Cherry. Dancer wanted at Springtime. Miss Cherry. I... Do you want to sit down? Have a seat. Do you remember the thing you gave me last night?
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