Seeking Happiness

Synopsis and Starting Chapter
Chapter 1 - Detention
Chapter 2 - Concubine Yun
Chapter 3 - Encountering Joy Is The Norm Of Happiness
Chapter 4 - Fire
Chapter 5 - The Bath
Chapter 6 - The Bean-Like Plum Flower
Chapter 7 - Dealing With Anger
Chapter 8 - The Scheme
Chapter 9 - Fine Time, Beautiful Scenery
Chapter 10 - Paying Respect
Chapter 11 - The Punishment Of Protracted Kneeling
Chapter 12 - Mischievous Young Master
Chapter 13 - Tease
Chapter 14 - Unexpected Pleading
Chapter 15 - Sunbathing In A Hot Summer Day
Chapter 16 - The Illness Examination
Chapter 17 - Eavesdropping Inadvertently
Chapter 18 - Intimacy
Chapter 19 - Hostility
Chapter 20 - Unfamiliar Father And Mother
Chapter 21 - The Reason Of The Visit
Chapter 22 - Who Is The Little Fat Sheep?
Chapter 23 - The Ins And Outs Of The Matter
Chapter 24 - Losing When Taking It Seriously
Chapter 25 - The Fragrance Of Agarwood
Chapter 26 - The Wonderful Redwood Of Yingge
Chapter 27 - The Carved Rabbit
Chapter 28 - The Sachet
Chapter 29 - To Sympathize
Chapter 30 - The Summoning
Chapter 31 - Opposing Each Other With Equal Harshness
Chapter 32 - Condemning
Chapter 33 - Nothing To Discuss Regarding Kissing You
Chapter 34 - The Birthday
Chapter 35 - Going Out
Chapter 36 - Jingtian City
Chapter 37 - Pay The Money
Chapter 38 - The Idle Man On The Street
Chapter 39 - The Ecstasy Of The Purple Lilac
Chapter 40 - The Man Who Forced A Man
Chapter 41 - Eight Naked Men
Chapter 42 - Can’T Provoke A Black Belly
Chapter 43 - The Pendant
Chapter 44 - The House Of Danqing
Chapter 45 - The Interrogation
Chapter 46 - The Hidden Mind
Chapter 47 - The Warning
Chapter 48 - The Incident At The Restaurant
Chapter 49 - The Discussion
Chapter 50 - Fighting To The End
Chapter 51 - Borrowing A Sword To Hurt People
Chapter 52 - Away On The Summer Holidays
Chapter 53 - The Resort At Mountain
Chapter 54 - The Heavily Scented Building
Chapter 55 - The Scream Of The Small Lotus
Chapter 56 - The Misunderstanding
Chapter 57 - Blackmail
Chapter 58 - Test The Waters
Chapter 59 - The Meaning Of Executing With The Firing Squad
Chapter 60 - Each Person Has His Own Aspiration
Chapter 61 - The Heavy Bundle Wrapped In Cloth
Chapter 62 - The Joy In The Forest
Chapter 63 - The Cliff
Chapter 64 - Little Fourth Flipped Out
Chapter 65 - Ashamed
Chapter 66 - Keep Watch At Night
Chapter 67 - The Mysterious Voice
Chapter 68 - The Starved Girl
Chapter 69 - Inadvertently Peeping At A Bath
Chapter 70 - The Overbearing Maid
Chapter 71 - Hopelessly Entangled
Chapter 72 - The Perfect Coordination
Chapter 73 - Seeking Justice
Chapter 74 - Stealing A Kiss
Chapter 75 - Doesn’T Remember Anything
Chapter 76 - The Resentment
Chapter 77 - Skillfully Deflected
Chapter 78 - The Hidden Meaning Behind The Words
Chapter 79 - A Bag Of Gold
Chapter 80 - Carefree
Chapter 81 - Obsessed
Chapter 82 - Discussing In Private
Chapter 83 - Bewildered
Chapter 84 - The Flowery Bright Moon Was Covered In The Dark Fog
Chapter 85 - Every Night Holding A Handsome Man While Sleeping
Chapter 86 - The Mental Disparity
Chapter 87 - Enemies On A Narrow Road
Chapter 88 - Ream On
Chapter 89 - Identity
Chapter 90 - The Silence
Chapter 91 - The Emotional Outburst
Chapter 92 - The Search
Chapter 93 - The Truth
Chapter 94 - Wife, Don’T Be Angry
Chapter 95 - Concealing The Original Motive
Chapter 96 - Retain
Chapter 97 - The Night Of Gentleness
Chapter 98 - Don’T Want To See
Chapter 99 - I Am Your Mother
Chapter 100 - I Don’T Even Have A Copper Coin
Chapter 101 - Shang Xin
Chapter 102 - The Unspeakable Career
Chapter 103 - The Emerge Of The Feeling
Chapter 104 - Inquiring
Chapter 105 - The Ulterior Motive
Chapter 106 - The Slave Contract
Chapter 107 - Counting One’S Chickens Before They Are Hatched
Chapter 108 - Price Competition
Chapter 109 - Please Sir, Get Into The Boiling Pot
Chapter 110 - Get Out
Chapter 111 - Using Violence Is The Right Way Of The King
Chapter 112 - Mooncake
Chapter 113 - The Banquet Of The Mid-Autumn Festival
Chapter 114 - Ill-Timed Person
Chapter 115 - Little Cousin Sister, Please Conduct Yourself With Dignity
Chapter 116 - The Beggar At The Lantern Market
Chapter 117 - The Strong Love
Chapter 118 - Half-Cooked Rice
Chapter 119 - Bringing Trouble To Oneself
Chapter 120 - Thousand Five Hundred Liang
Chapter 121 - Very Stupid, Very Naive
Chapter 122 - The Sudden Grievous News
Chapter 123 - The Past
Chapter 124 - Absolutely Not
Chapter 125 - Grief
Chapter 126 - A Very Strange Thing
Chapter 127 - Searching For Clues
Chapter 128 - Pregnant
Chapter 129 - Candy
Chapter 130 - Who Is The Real Culprit?
Chapter 131 - Old Madam Is Furious
Chapter 132 - Prefer To Die Than To Admit
Chapter 133 - Why Torture Me By Hellish Means?
Chapter 134 - I Hated Him For A Long Time
Chapter 135 - Old Accumulated Grievances
Chapter 136 - Punishment
Chapter 137 - One Word Sentenced For Life
Chapter 138 - Risking One’S Life To Protect
Chapter 139 - Get Poisoned
Chapter 140 - Miscarriage
Chapter 141 - Old Madam, Save Her
Chapter 142 - Where Did The White Arsenic Come From?
Chapter 143 - Innocence
Chapter 144 - The Method Of Poisoning
Chapter 145 - The Miserable Past
Chapter 146 - Not To Stop Until Death
Chapter 147 - Not Believing At All
Chapter 148 - The Hidden Ugliness
Chapter 149 - Ironclad Evidence
Chapter 150 - Shifting The Misfortune To Someone Else
Chapter 151 - I Will Stay With You Forever
Chapter 152 - Rumor
Chapter 153 - The Sky Was About To Change
Chapter 154 - The Letter Of Announcing Divorce
Chapter 155 - No One Owed The Other
Chapter 156 - Goodbye
Chapter 157 - Shameless
Chapter 158 - Extort
Chapter 159 - Selling Herself To Save Her Mother
Chapter 160 - No Choice But To Suffer In Silence
Chapter 161 - Freeing Herself
Chapter 162 - New Home
Chapter 163 - The Life Outside Of The Residence
Chapter 164 - Tailoring
Chapter 165 - On A Windy Night With A Dark Moon
Chapter 166 - Catching A Thief
Chapter 167 - The Date Of Returning Is Distant
Chapter 168 - False Alarm
Chapter 169 - With One’S Heart Set On Speeding Home
Chapter 170 - Something Is Going To Happen
Chapter 171 - Question Intensely About Her Whereabouts
Chapter 172 - The Break Off Of The Relation
Chapter 173 - Facing An Imminent Catastrophe
Chapter 174 - Fleeing For One’S Life
Chapter 175 - Struggle In The Rain
Chapter 176 - The Reunion
Chapter 177 - An Old Friend That One Doesn’T Want To See
Chapter 178 - Rushing Back To Jingtian City
Chapter 179 - The Desolation In Aftermath Of A Disaster Was Everywhere
Chapter 180 - The Ban
Chapter 181 - Meeting But Doesn’T Know Each Other Yet
Chapter 182 - Locked Up In The Dungeon
Chapter 183 - Visit The Prisoner
Chapter 184 - Provoking Intentionally
Chapter 185 - Mess Less With Him
Chapter 186 - Unreconciled
Chapter 187 - Clear The City To Search For Someone
Chapter 188 - Clues
Chapter 189 - Five Silver Liang
Chapter 190 - Sorry, I’M Late
Chapter 191 - Embracing Indifferently
Chapter 192 - What Kind Of Weirdo?
Chapter 193 - The Most Incurable Poison
Chapter 194 - The Odor
Chapter 195 - Mean And Despicable
Chapter 196 - Revert The Incident By Taking Liberties With A Woman
Chapter 197 - The Marriage
Chapter 198 - Throw Out
Chapter 199 - The Deep Feeling
Chapter 200 - Obituary Notice
Chapter 201 - Backfire
Chapter 202 - The Taboo Feelings
Chapter 203 - Eavesdrop
Chapter 204 - Affectionate Couple
Chapter 205 - The Back Garden In The Middle Of The Night
Chapter 206 - Escape
Chapter 207 - The Discovery Of The Incident
Chapter 208 - Taunting Sarcastically
Chapter 209 - Stealing A Kiss
Chapter 210 - Wait For Me To Deal With A Matter
Chapter 211 - Dressing And Grooming Oneself
Chapter 212 - The Wedding
Chapter 213 - The Dejection Of The Wedding Night
Chapter 214 - The Jade Pendant
Chapter 215 - The Past Fate
Chapter 216 - Decreed By Fate
Chapter 217 - Why Care About Who Wants To Cross The Single-Log Bridge?
Chapter 218 - Do Your Best And Listen To The Mandate Of Heaven
Chapter 219 - Could Die In Peace
Chapter 220 - Arranged Properly
Chapter 221 - Giving You The Cold-Shoulder
Chapter 222 - To Bully Intolerably
Chapter 223 - You Are Something!
Chapter 224 - New Rules
Chapter 225 - Wife, Your Medicine
Chapter 226 - Ten Fingers Intertwined
Chapter 227 - Don’T Turn Your Back On The Good Period Of Time
Chapter 228 - The Happiness Of A Dragon And A Phoenix (Twins)
Chapter 229 - Little Fourth’S Marriage
Chapter 230 - Perish That Thought
Chapter 231 - Loosen The Reins Only To Grasp Them Better
Chapter 232 - Begging Earnestly
Chapter 233 - Ending Part 1 The Happy Occasion Filled The House
Chapter 234 - Ending Part 2 The Happy Occasion Filled The House
Categories Genre: All, Historical, Josei, Ongoing, Romance Status: Ongoing Tags Authors: Alternative names: Gazing Huan, Seeking Affection, 顾盼生欢,


Total Chapters in book: 235
Estimated words: 424262 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 2121(@200wpm)___ 1697(@250wpm)___ 1414(@300wpm)

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Alternative Titles:

Gazing Huan, Seeking Affection, 顾盼生欢

Book Synopsis / Detail / Information:

On the wedding night, when the bride hung herself, the handsome husband was sickly, the concubine was glaring like a tiger to see what her best next move would be. Shu Huan who time-travelled to the ancient times encountered such a mess.

“Men and women can’t touch each other. You doing this is not right, right?”

“Humph, you are already married to me. You still care about that?”

“Eh eh, second young master, you haven’t healed yet. I’m thinking for your own good.”

“Doesn’t matter, this young master isn’t interested in your bean sprouts like body.”

While sleeping, they put a barrier of pillows between them

Woman: “Eh…Eh….”

Man: “Eh…what are you doing?

Woman: “Don’t cross the line.”

Man: “Ah……?”

Woman: “If you cross the line, I’ll hit you with the incense burner.”

Man “Uh……”

Woman: If……if I accidentally cross the line……you don’t…”

“Humph……if you continue to talk, I’ll tear your clothes and seal your mouth.”

“You check so carefully because you are afraid that I’ll harm you?”

“That isn’t it. Humph, I only want to know why someone will commit suicide by hanging on the wedding night.”


“You hate me so much? You prefer to die instead of spending the wedding night with me?

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Chapter 0 - Prologue


On a hot summer night, the door and window of Plum Flower Pavilion – where a red word ‘happiness’ was pasted – were tightly closed.

Inside, the bright red wedding candles gave the whole room a warm red feeling. However, Shu Huan who was wearing a red wedding dress and leaning against a sandalwood mirror still had a pale face in this overwhelming redness.

The sweat that was dripping down like rain cleared the heavy make-up on her face. While breathing heavily, her heart still felt so oppressed that it almost exploded. However, it wasn’t because she felt warm. It was panic. It was fear. Her hands and feet were cold like they held snow in the winter. There wasn’t the slightest warmth on them.

That person on the bed…that person…

Although the temperature from his palm was higher than hers, his face was pale and he wasn’t breathing!

This was the person she married. The person who she wedded because of an arranged marriage with the hope that the ’event of great joy’ would drive away his bad luck and hasten his recovery; how could he die on the day of marriage inside the wedding room?!

Shu Huan once again bravely stepped forward and reached out to see if Gu Xiran was breathing. She really couldn’t feel even the slightest breath…

She bit her red lips very hard and left a mark until it bled. However, she still didn’t dare to cry and she was afraid to shout.

On the night of the marriage, the bridegroom died of illness. How could she still continue living on?

The repressed resentment rushed to her heart…

When her father and mother forced her to marry, they said it very beautifully, “The illness wasn’t so serious. It doesn’t matter. After you marry, carefully serve him for a few days. He would naturally be grateful. Besides, even if the man’s illness was dragged for a while, you are the official wife and had been married with eight carriers carrying your palanquin honorably into Gu family’s house. Would there be anyone in that Gu family who would dare to gossip and look down on you? They would just rush over to flatter you! Naturally, by then, the would be of use to you. Why would you bother to stay at this poor home and eat food that is hard to swallow?

She was so stupid to believe these words used to coax people.

She was so stupid to nod and agree to marry!

She didn’t wish for riches and glory. She only hoped to get a bit further and further away from that home that tormented her every day. As long as her ears could stay peaceful, she was willing to be a cow and horse inside Gu household!

However, she’d never thought that second young master Gu was so seriously ill; so ill that he couldn’t pass the wedding night and made her a widow?

It seemed that she really was a star of disaster. Her father and mother didn’t state this wrongly at all…

The resentment only stayed in her heart for a moment.

It couldn’t be helped. Ever since young, she had a weak personality like this. When she was in trouble, she could only cry. Perhaps that was why her father got fed up with her and arranged a marriage for her?

Shu Huan also wanted to cry now, but she didn’t know why her eyes were dry. Not even a drop of tear came out. Her heart was also like this dry tear; every hope turned to dust.

The first thing she caused after marriage was bringing bad luck, causing the death of her husband and making herself a widow. The rumors and criticism that were about to come were enough to annihilate all her hopes. Not to mention, the back-biting and disgraceful hard days and the inexhaustible suffering that was about to come…

Living was really hard. It was better to die!

Once that thought came to mind, it couldn’t go away and lingered in her mind.

A person like her had nothing which she cherished in this life anymore, so death would naturally also not be begrudging. Instead, she’d have had saved many people from troubling themselves and also saved herself from many things…

The spotless moon was clear and brilliant.

A scream smashed this quiet night and swayed far away.

The servant who kept watch at night who was snatching a moment of leisure and dozed off was awakened when someone shook him. The person urged him, “Quickly! Quickly go invite a doctor! Quickly!”

Footsteps sounded all the way…

The lanterns illuminated one after another. People rushing around were seen everywhere in Gu residence. But the most chaotic place was still Plum Flower Pavilion. There was an endless stream of people coming in and out. The red candles in the room burned for the whole night. The wax of the candles was everywhere on the candlesticks.

TLNote: This is the new book that I will be translating. I read this a few years ago and it stuck in my head which is very difficult considering all the books I read. It is one of my most favorite books. I liked it very much because this book was simple and much more realistic. This is more my kind of book now. Perhaps, because I am getting old for those childish plots about infatuation and fighting against each other for no apparent reason.

This book doesn’t have scheming (well, almost no scheming) and supernatural powers or talents. There is also no palace politics. It is about two ordinary people trying to make the situation where they live in better and if they could, also find happiness.


Total Chapters in book: 235
Estimated words: 424262 (not accurate)
Estimated Reading Time in minutes: 2121(@200wpm)___ 1697(@250wpm)___ 1414(@300wpm)