the scene in question involved a compromising picture that looked like she was kissing a guy. He went to pick her up and proceeded to seriously fondle her but definitely did NOT rape her. He purposely stops because he's not into that.
In the end it's the old absence makes the heart fonder and make em jealous approach that worked.
Although Hirosue was indecisive once he came to a decision he acted wholeheartedly.
There are some not both party initiated but not really rape scenes. I'd classify it as unenthused. As of chapter 212 there is some movement between the characters towards a more amiable relationship.
1. I expected the blind concubine to have a different background because of how well versed he was with the court. Like maybe he was jiggy with the previous emperor and got abandoned.
2. Why blind him? Wouldn't cutting his tongue so he can't speak be a better way to keep him quiet?
3. Why didn't he go back home?
4. How does a blind concubine isolated in thr cold palace keep to date about the war outside and know anything about general Qi what's his name?
5. And finally. Come on emperor. You can't see him everyday, but you can certainly visit him once a season. Emperors go out for the summer and stuff you know.
It's not a happily ever after and works better that way. The relationships between the characters, not just the MCs, were believably portrayed.
I really enjoy these kinds of stories. Although they are a tragedy, they are not all just about the ending. It's more so about the characters and the ending just happens to be a byproduct. I really dislike stories with the tragedy tag line that focus on death to pull at the heart strings. Those stories always seem a little shallow to me.
This story on the other hand was very satisfying. The drama and the social interaction we're all well done. If there is one thing I was disappointed in it was that the author chose to complete the final chapter with exposition and a time skip.