then he abandons his mistress with some meaningless reason and wants to pursue the FL despite having no legitimate reason to? she made your house comfortable? does that mean it's okay to abandon a woman you've been sheltering and sacrificed your reputation for? I honestly felt bad for the "mistress" and liked her a lot -- she didn't do anything wrong in this story in my eyes. she wanted to say hello to the new wife and was turned away several times by the butler. why can't FL just come out and speak to her? FL is willing to pose as a fake wife but can't even muster up the sacks to exchange a couple of words with the mistress? then the mistress was abandoned like a used tissue by the master of the house because he got bored of her (literally no other reason than that is given.....) and then framed as an awful person because she turned down men who wanted to dance with her after she got tired. since when was it a bad thing to say no to someone? she was forced to leave the household without any compensation after being financially supported by this man who she thought was her soulmate for a long time. does he expect her to just find someplace to hire her after the life he promised to give her? he's just awful. he has no remorse or sympathy for others and thinks that he deserves the FL's love.
if she had ended up with the emperor, I would have given this a perfect score, same with if she had ended up with the general. even if she had ended up with the first scholar, the story would have been so much more interesting than what it ended up as. GW was so much more likable when she was indifferent to her prime minister husband.... I don't know about anyone else, but I can't stand cheaters and would honestly rather be alone than a willing mistress or a third wheel. it doesn't matter that her hubby fell in love with her afterwards - actually that kind of makes it worse since he's so wishy-washy and prone to changing his mind. how could I ever trust a man who "fell in love with me" after abandoning the one he said was his actual true love? honestly it's so funny, because the only thing she ever says about him is that he spoils her and let her do whatever she wants, and didn't abuse her. wooow, such amazing qualifications to be your husband. he hoes around constantly (even after finishing the story I'm unsure whether or not LC actually slept with the first consort, which is very bad.) and gets into situations where she completely misunderstands his affections for CL.
he is ALWAYS turning his back on her, leaving her alone, not letting her know what's going on in the capital, choosing his power trip over her. yet he thinks he has the right to control her and prevent her from being with other men. she stays faithful to him, but I kind of wish she had given him a taste of his own medicine. he literally drugs her to make her go somewhere.... I'm wondering when that behavior was acceptable. don't give me that "time period" crap, because neither the general nor the first scholar ever made her do something she didn't want to do. even the emperor, who honestly has the right to do whatever to whoever, stopped kissing/groping her because she was crying. that really surprised me. he actually didn't take her virginity because she was crying and upset. i've never seen that happen in a novel before. like..... I don't understand how the author thought LC and GW were a good pair. there was a point where LC was even considering giving GW to the emperor to distract him from the rebellion.... obviously he didn't do it, but the fact that he didn't immediately say no tells me a lot about his priorities.
not only is LC just not great, the female lead is weird too. she's this peerless beauty, intelligent, riveting -- basically a perfect match for any man because of how elegant and well-spoken she is. she literally makes the heartless emperor fall in love with her, turns the prime minister away from his first love, makes the nu prince obsessively search for her, makes the cold general softhearted... the list goes on. these men literally do not find happiness because of their obsession with her. how can a female lead be this perfect? her only flaw is the stubbornness that appears when the plot is convenient -- like when she forces lou sheng to turn her carriage around etc. otherwise she's a perfect doll, complacent and witty enough for men to drop at her feet like flies. I understand why the first scholar and emperor fell in love with her, but her husband, the general, and the nu prince literally just loved her because of her looks.
anyways, the story was just her pining after the husband who leaves her behind constantly, being sad and beautiful when there were so many better choices for her choose from to make the novel soooo much more interesting. imagine if she had been with the emperor, or the first scholar, the general, or even the nu prince. not a man who flopped back and forth between two women, traded the first consort for his military gain (traded a woman to a man she doesn't love, basically tricking her), drugged the female lead..... aiya.
female lead should have died.
this novel's MC clearly does NOT LIKE the ML, to the point of attempting to run away because of how awful and controlling he is. knowing all she wants is to be free, the ML shuts her in a confined tower.
trapping and kidnapping the MC and forcing her to have ML's children
he gets another woman on his arm to make MC jealous,
how can he get mad at her for not including him in her mock-will when all he has done up until that point is embarrass, inconvenience, stress out the MC and get her ostracized and mocked by their peers? He obviously likes her, but why??
he regularly physically punishes his subordinates for getting too close to his woman, when she doesn't even know she is his woman in the first place. While she is sleeping he puts a spell (?) on her to make sure she stays asleep, then fondles her and molests her against her knowledge or consent. Later on when she gets knocked out in a fight against his subordinate, he strips her and molests her again, considers raping her, then thinks about how troublesome it would be to deal with it in the morning and decides not to. He doesn't stop because he has any respect for the female lead, he stops because he feels that it would be troublesome to deal with it in the morning.
i finally finished trying to finish this novel when I got to the part where she shoves the cookies her boss bought into her mouth like a crazy person. Whether or not he bought them for her, why is she eating like that and acting like his good will is a token to act insane and selfish? Honestly people like this are raised the wrong way. The description of her and her actions are so vomit inducing, as in they make me visualize the disgusting way she eats and the disgusting way she hoards all the food for herself.
the part where she got on the bus to escape but tried to go back because he offered her a skirt made me so disgusted.
at some point he sexually harasses her. I'm not joking or being sensitive. He tricks her into lying down in his lap for an extended period of time, and literally gets horny and hard because he forced her face next to his crotch. It was honestly so gross.
This isn't even me over-exaggerating her actions, she literally breaks into his car while he's on a date and almost causes an accident. She could have killed him and his date, and her reaction is that "he needs to drive more carefully."
the sister in law of the ML is a hero? wow, that's actually pretty cool! a character other than the MC or ML being a hero is kind of rare in a shoujo romance and could be setting up for a future plot! in actuality, the hero characteristic does absolutely nothing for the story and without it, the plot would have progressed in the exact same way. it doesn't impact anything and I don't know why they made the sister in law of the ML a hero when she could have been a noble lady...
she's a pushover and does whatever people tell her to do, and never actually ends up telling the prince her real feelings about the matchmaking to the point where he falsely believes that she has feelings for him.
she's disguised as her sister in a matchmaking ceremony and the sister in law and prince just HAPPEN to like her immediately?