[Eng Sub] Miss Truth Ep 24 & 25

Synopsis: Set in the Tang Dynasty, Ran Yu is a noblewoman who becomes interested in forensic science after her Mother’s mysterious suicide and begins to solve murder cases. She meets a judicial official and an assassin by chance and finds true love through the course of searching for the truth.

NB: Apologies for the notes: again there are lots of excerpts from chinese literature in these two episodes.

Translator notes:

  1. The Dragon courts the Phoenix: This is a famous courting song during the Han Dynasty composed by Sima Xiangru for the Guqin and voice during his courtship towards Zuo Wenqun (you may remember her in my notes for ep 15-16). It was believed he won over her heart with this song which led to their elopement. Because of their love story, this became the song to be played during courtship through much of chinese history. (Trivia: Also the chinese name for the drama Untouchable lovers) If you are wondering what the melody Sang Chen is playing on the Guqin when Ran Yan comes out is, it is this song.
  2. Widower who killed his wives: The chinese has their own fates and that some have a fate that brings with it catastrophe and death of the ones around them because their fates were too “hard”. In this instance, he didn’t kill them through traditional means, rather they are talking about the fact that any woman who will become his wife will be fated to die.
  3. Eating vinegar: It means jealousy. This term comes from a true story Emperor Taizong (also the Emperor of this drama) once tried to gift his chancellor Fang Xuan Ling some beautiful women to take home with him as his concubines because Chancellor Fang’s wife was known for her jealousy and everyone believed too afraid of his ferocious wife to take one. When Chancellor Fang returned home with those two concubines, his wife flew into a fit of rage and kicked the two beautiful women out of the manor. Chancellor Fang had no choice but to take his wife and the two concubines to the palace and inform the Emperor and to ask him to retract his decree. The Emperor wanted to test Mistress Fang and told her that if she refused to take in those concubines she must drink the poisonous wine he prepared for her otherwise she would have to accept it. She grabbed the wine and immediately drank it telling Emperor Taizong that her husband can only take them if she dies. Luckily the “poisonous wine” was simply vinegar and the Emperor only did it to test her. He retracted his decree and it became a term to describe anyone who is jealous over love.
  4. Without morals, honor, proper etiquette there will be no success: From the book of rites.
  5. One must not be too greedy nor should they only live for happiness: Also from the book of rites, which Ran Yan uses to answer Xiao Song’s mother’s question.
  6. Dismounting a tiger: A saying to describe that this situation may get out of hand. In this case, because of how grand the wedding is, when they annul the wedding there may be quite a lot of backlash.
  7. If the source is peaceful….his form will be straight and upright: From a decree written by a minister during Emperor Taizong’s reign to try and persuade him to make preparations before a threat comes
  8. A gentleman should….By not pursuing profit, power one will find one’s interests and aspirations: This is an excerpt written by Zhu Geliang a famous chinese politician during the 3 kingdoms period for his eight year old son to teach him how to be a good person who will contribute to the world. Indeed this was the doctrine he himself closely followed throughout his life
  9. You walk….and like that you and I are separated: This is from a poem about a woman who is missing her husband who is far away probably fighting in battle and to remind him take good care of himself.
  10. Although my body….My soul will still remains a hero amongst the dead: This is an excerpt from a war poem roughly translates to the sorrow of the country and was written to commemorate the soldiers who died in battle.
  11. Like the birds flying west, beautiful like the eagle: First two lines of the poem: Poem of farewell which roughly talks about how they are separated one in the south and the other in the north and the only way they can communicate is through messages carried by birds. And how the poet wishes he could fly south with the birds to visit the person they wish to see.
  12. East Palace: This is the quarters of the Crown Prince
  13. Green dress…when can this pain halt!: The first poem from the book of songs/poems. No-one knows who wrote it but it was about a man who is mourning for his dead wife. Also the earliest known mourning poem in chinese history. Each line the poem starts with Green dress oh green dress or green string oh green string except the last line which goes something like this “mourning gown, oh this mourning gown I feel so cold in it, I yearn for my dead wife who knows me best”.

Ep 24

Ep 25

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46 Comments

  1. Wonderful blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

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  2. i have rewatched the whole series multiple times (cant get enough ☺️)..

    i notice XS donot verbalize his affections…just actions…
    and RY perceive him as one who uses others to satisfy his motives, as she replied to the questioning of his family (panel interview hehe)…

    so thats why their feelings dont meet….
    so thats why she agreed to the fake marriage that can be dissolved easily…
    any other views..?

    aaaaa…..cant wait for the next eps…
    PP…..please upload now…

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    1. Actually XS did verbalise his feelings for her several times. He also always acknowledge and wants to publically acknowledge their marriage in Suzchou. However, he gives in to RY, in a way due to his maturity, and for RY to get used to the idea. It is true also, that he forced the marriage on her when she was (acting) mad. Taking his chance over SF there. RY is very young she is only 18. She expected to marry SF cos that was what was already arranged. So correct that XS is not completely blameless, but all fairs in love and war.
      I wonder if they did the deed on the marriage night in Changan? Cos when he was offering her the grapes, there was a sound of her being pushed? Afterward, also she was more settled in her feelings and definitely proceeded to post-mortem his wives with relish.

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      1. argg…my bad…
        i might have missed/misread….
        enough reason to rewatch again….hehe..

        thanks hasil …
        your impressions make me more attentive..even to the sounds…
        👍

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  3. I heard that a second season is possible right? For me this drama only 36 episodes is not good, because the novel is really long. For me at least a 54 episodes would be better

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      1. In Chinese culture does bride and groom both have to exchange gifts…?? I remember earlier it was Xiao Song who gave wedding gifts to Ran Yan’s family…. In episode 24 it seems Ran Yan’s family is preparing it…

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  4. I know we are supposed to ship her and XS but I am not a fan. How are you just going to forget to mention you’ve been married twice before, and both wives died terrible deaths? SF has secrets but so does XS. SF literally gave her a piece of his heart. I don’t like that she dumped SF because some random man said he was using her, when he told her he was looking for his mother’s body and was going to have to do what he had to. I’m sure when she’ll forgive XS when she finds out about the Pearl and his work for the Emperor. But it’s shady that he’s no better then SF but acts like he’s above him,

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    1. Except that’s not quite accurate. SF wasn’t looking for his mothers body–it was plan created by his master in order to win RY sympathy and trust.

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      1. Honestly, I don’t even think she knows Su Fu that well to like him as much as she thinks she did. Their interactions lacked depth and seemed more physical.

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        1. Agreed, as you said their relationship is based on a combination of compassion, due to their similar upbringings, and physical attraction.

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    2. SF isn’t working for the assassins/rebel group because he’s trying to get his Mother’s body back that was just an act as Ayla mentioned. I can’t remember if the drama explicitly explains it but initially it’s more to do with the fact he wants to improve his social status because he is a Shu son, there’s a few more reasons that are revealed later on. Actually XS doesn’t hides the fact that both his wives died mysteriously, he explicitly tells her way back in around ep 5 that he’s been married and asks her to help him investigate their deaths. In fact I don’t think he hides much from Ran Yan throughout the drama and trusts her with some seriously important stuff (I won’t spoil it for you) whereas SF has hidden a lot more from her.

      However I get that people don’t like the fact that XS has been married before and his treatment of Ran Yan can be a little *ahem controlling in the physical sense when he’s jealous.

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  5. Hmm the fact that Su Fu released her so “easily” is fairly suspicious… I swear he was gonna keep her in his mansion forever & ever: “I forbid you from leaving me again” ? Ominous as fuck. But I like “dark” characters, I was half certain he would become the classic secondary lead “I’ll die for you, even if you’re not with me I just want you to be happy, I’m gonna sacrifice everything for you and die tragically to keep you safe”, glad to see he hasn’t given up the fight yet!
    I’m sure he’s plotting something against Xiao Song to get Ran Yan back, it’ll spice things up for sure

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  6. ahhhh…
    i imagined the lavish wedding they had thru the narrative of RY….so i deduce XS spent much….he fell deeply for her…
    but..is it really a fake one (my heart aches 💔)…
    this cdrama has me hooked…

    and the comments too…very interesting and engaging views its so amusing to read…
    tysm PP..

    a follow-up quest…
    dont know much on Chinese tradition…. which side pay for the wedding cost….the man, or the woman..or they share…?

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    1. The man’s side has always had to pay for it all, the wedding, the dress, the thank you gifts, the food, the venue etc etc. That’s why nowadays in China they say that if you don’t have a house and a car and some savings as a man, you can’t get married at all. Plus there is a shortage of young chinese women due to the one child policy so there’s an even bigger price tag when it comes to weddings and marriages.

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  7. Thank you, PP for the subs. I should have savored the episodes but I am afraid I have consumed it all at once. The storyline becoming more complicated as I see it with now not just simple crime being committed but political plays as well. RY now has 2 contracts with XS- a marriage contract which she considered as fake (although somehow I feel XS is not treating it as such) and the work contract. So for the work contracts, she still demands payment…and she should.
    What is more complicated is SF feelings for her and vice versa. I feel that she is more in control of her feelings now towards SF, she knows to get him to release her she would have to appease SF by saying her marriage contract is a fake. No doubt there are some lingering feelings but it wasn’t as strong as before where she will do everything for him. From the body language ( Fsh and Fox are so comfortable together…that seating on his lap without realising it…bless) and the fact she is now getting jealous of XS dead wives, her heart is already leading her towards XS.
    I just love all the supporting characters that makes up the investigative team, they are all so adorable as well as knowledgeable.

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    1. SAME. I one hundred percent meant to portion these episodes and only watch half or maybe one episode at a time. Then I ended up watching both in one sitting – whoops!
      Also laughing/crying when they mentioned being quarantined. It’s all too up close and personal now, haha.
      Thank you so much for subbing these episodes PP! Your hard work is very much appreciated!!

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  8. Gosh, for such a moderate budget show, this one has such great plot devices. Maybe that’s what made the drama better – the words/plot didn’t cost as much as huge sets, large casts, elaborate costumes! Thanks, PP – we really appreciate your hard work.

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  9. In episode 24, when Ran Yan is talking about repayment, is she referring to repayment for Xiao Song’s help in Suzhou??? What is the repayment?? Fake marriage to Xiao Song or examining the bodies of his dead wife??

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  10. I’m confused… In episode 24, 21:43mins Ran Yan talks about ‘taking it as repayment’… Repayment for what???… Also is the 5000 coins the price of the fake marriage??? The contract she is holding, is it a new contract or previous divorce agreement???

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    1. Xiang yao is allergic to sushuiha and hence died from complications…. What about the other wife…?? Did they find cause of death?? Did I miss it or was that part never covered???

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    2. My question was a little vague… Ran Yan talking about repayment in episode 24… Is it repayment for Xiao Song’s help in Suzhou?? What is the repayment?? Ran Yan examining Xiao Song’s wife’s dead body or is she referring to the fake marriage to be held??

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      1. Yea repayment for his help in Suzhou and everything else that’s happened. To repay him she’s going to pretend to be his wife (I think although I think Ran Yan doesn’t know herself if she wants to make the marriage real or not) and to examine the bodies of his previous wives (yes I know it’s wierd) because he previously told her when they were in Suzhou to help him find the cause of his wives deaths. They haven’t found the cause of death of the other wife yet because the maid committed suicide. You’ll find out the cause of her death within the next few episodes. The contract she’s holding is a new contract laying the terms for their fake marriage and her work. And the 5000 coins is her pay to examine his wives bodies. I know it’s contradictory that she’s repaying the favor but still asking for money but that’s just Ran Yan for you. Or as Hasil suggested above being his wife may just be the repayment for his help and the the money for the work contract with him.

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