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.
- Blossom Monarch Butterfly: I couldn’t find a butterfly that quite fit the description nor a scientific name for it. When I googled it most of the articles about this butterfly was related to the drama so I just translated the chinese name. Apparently there are no butterflies that can actually kill a human no matter how venomous they are (monarch butterflies being one of them) and can only make you feel unwell if you eat one which hopefully we won’t. Plus I don’t think butterflies can spin cocoons only caterpillars/butterfly larvae can so again like a lot of the science in this drama it fails to convince me. But I rarely wear my scientific hat when I’m watching these kinds of dramas.
- Slept on brushwood: This is a chinese idiom that means going through lots of hardship for your ultimate goal(s). Part of this idiom that was inspired by Goujian, the king of the Kingdom Yue as it referred to his perseverance despite becoming a slave and prisoner of war to the king of Wei. To gain the the trust of the king of Wei he slept on brushwood, even eating the other king’s dung in order to gain his trust and return to his native country and then eventually after 10 years he secretly rebuilt his kingdom and annexed Wei and forced the King of Wei to commit suicide. (Of course he did that using a honey trap by sending the Xi Shi who was rumored to be the most beautiful woman in chinese history to seduce the king of Wei)
- Repairing a broken mirror: This is a chinese saying that is often used to describe a couple who managed to repair their relationship however if we translate it literally it means repairing a broken mirror.
- The second character which differentiates young bud and childish is phonetically similar; the first character is the same. Often to mean a certain thing, it requires the combination of different chinese characters joined together to mean that, just like letters of a word.
- Drinking vinegar: It means to be jealous