Discussion in 'Spoilers' started by Bobaaaa, Nov 16, 2020.
There hasn't been anything going on with the First Prince and Jayna yet so idk what to think.
The things the king did to Dan just... unbelievable. Fuck him to just leave a letter and commit suicide? And the content of that letter is straight up infuriating and depressing?! Rot in hell. Just rot in hell. The audacity to ask forgiveness of something really unforgivable and act all pitiful... he is so shameless, so heartless, so selfish. He burden Dan with something like that. Hah... rot in hell.
Did Jayna's father got to know how his wife truly died?
Also, Angela's father and Angela, both are vicious and absolutely messed up people..I don't know how the mind of people work but I do know that people no matter how much trauma and PTSD they've are quite aware of their actions. Angela's father shouldn't have married in the first place and even if he did why didn't Angela's mother asked for help? She would've sought it from Jayna's family. She too had a big hand in destroying the mentality of her daughter due to the obsession she had for the father. The whole family is sick. No wonder they didn't end up with a good end. I've no sympathy for such people who go through sh*t in their life but blame other people for their misfortune and try to destroy their life.
War hero or not abuse is abuse. And the witness would be the wound herself. There is no one to be blamed but the whole family themselves.
Tru my heart aches for him in this current tl
Hello, hello! I got impatient so I looked ahead on the manhwa chapters that have yet to be translated by the scanlation group for Angelic Lady (who, as of the time I'm writing this, have gone up to chapter 26), made an account, and have decided to dump what I know here!
Just as a disclaimer, I don't speak Korean, nor am I able to read/write in the language. I do have machine translations at my disposal, but as we all know, they can be a bit fussy at times. Please forgive me for any inconsistencies/confusing sentences; there are times when I might assume things because of how vague the translations are.
Spoiler: Chapter 27 (of the manhwa)
Angela was unable to continue with the reservation due to her inability to calm down after her encounter with the pink dress, so the chapter starts with Jayna ordering a dress to wear to the Imperial Ball.
After quickly picking something for herself, Ceylon tries to confirm her purchase, as she hasn't tried it on. Jayna insists that it's fine, and that she has faith in Ceylon's capabilities- though she's just talking him up. Jayna already knows she looks good in it—she wore it in her previous life. She's not reckless enough to blindly put her faith in a famed tailor, no matter how talented they are.
Ceylon muses over the sisters' relationship, stating that the rumour that Jayna cares a lot about Angela must be true. Jayna all but confirms it, gushing over Angela and talking about the lengths she'll go to for her sister.
As it turns out, Jayna's flippant attitude towards her attire serves another purpose—allowing a rumour to spread to Ceylon's other customers that her love for Angela ran so deeply that she forfeited her own appointment at the boutique, choosing a dress without a care for how it looked. In contrast, she spends a considerate amount of time 'agonizing' over Angela's dress, with Jayna finally choosing one and heading to Angela's resting spot to confirm if it's to her liking. However, Angela accepts Jayna's choice without even looking at it, exclaiming that she feels tired and wishes to go home.
Jayna mulls over Angela's breakdown, surprised that pink affected her so heavily. While she knew that Angela hated the colour, she never knew it could get her to act in such a way. She notes how Angela repeated 'mommy', tying Baroness Vito to Angela's trigger.
Neither in her previous nor her present life did she hear anything about the woman, so she wonders just how Angela's dislike for the colour pink connects to the baroness. Before Jayna can fully question Angela about her meltdown in the previous chapter, the latter looks at her with an ominous expression, causing Jayna to back off and figure out what the connection is on her own—without Angela knowing, presumably.
When the two leave, they come across the boutique's next customers, who are arguing rather loudly—twin ladies, Rose and Heather Ray. Rose is picking out a dress, but she's complaining about her sister seemingly following her to critique what she's wearing, while the latter insists that she's only trying to find inspiration among the many dresses in Ceylon's boutique.
Though Jayna calls out to them, their attention is instantly given to Angela. Because of her angel-like appearance, they turn to fawning over her looks very quickly, a reaction that Jayna is not surprised by, seeing as it is the same as others'. Heather especially is enchanted by Angela, unable to take her eyes off of her.
Without hesitation, Heather asks Angela to become her muse, surprising the latter, who asks for Jayna's opinion. Jayna speaks highly of Heather, calling her a talented designer, though Rose quickly corrects her, saying not to praise her twin too much. In return, Heather pushes her down the stairs, telling her not to get in her way, before quickly changing gears and ushering Angela to a different spot to talk about their potential partnership.
We're given some backstory for Heather. In Jayna's previous life, their first meeting was at the Imperial Ball. Before they met, Heather was never able to produce anything with viable results. After she bumped into Angela, however, she was able to draw inspiration and get ahead of the fashion game.
Not only were Heather's dresses a massive hit, but even Ceylon, who was called the greatest designer, had his title passed down to Heather. Because she was the face of high fashion, Angela was able to seal her place in, as well as spread her influence in capital society.
Back in the present, Heather continues to suck up to Angela, promising to create a dress so beautiful, every lady will covet what she has. She swears she'll make Angela the flower of society. Silently, Jayna concedes that there was a craze following Heather's released designs.
More importantly, Angela's dress reintroduced the corset into society—which, in turn, made an impossibly thin figure the new standard for noblewomen. She reflects on the disastrous consequences: nobles refusing to eat, succumbing to their hunger... and the pain that came from wearing a tight corset. Jayna swears that she won't let it happen.
Spoiler: Chapter 28 (of the manhwa)
While Heather is still sucking up to Angela, Jayna begins to concoct a scheme to go on the offensive. Her plans to stir up a rumour that Angela stole her friend's fiancé failed due to Cassiel's behaviour deviating from his past life, but she still has another ace up her sleeve... Heather's fiancé himself. After all, she thinks, it doesn't have to be my own.
Skipping ahead, with 15 days left to National Day, Jayna's on her way to see her father, but notices many gifts filling the lounge of their house. Unsurprisingly, they're all for Angela. One of the maids comments that it's because of her beauty that she's so popular. The other maid agrees, which surprised her due to the fact that her mother, Leanne, was rather average when it came to looks.
Jayna, not missing the opportunity to learn more information, presses the maid (who we now know is called Joyce) so she can get a hint on how the colour pink correlates with the baroness. Joyce reveals that Jayna's mother, Selena, was actually the one who told her about Leanne, as Joyce had only seen her once herself.
When Jayna comments on the fact that they were friends, Joyce refutes her, stating that they were more acquaintances than anything else.
Curious, Jayna decides to look around at the gifts that came for Angela, coming across a request from Aidan for Angela be his partner at the Imperial Ball. Lily comments on how she thought that Cassiel would be Angela's partner, but there hadn't been any word from him in that regard. Jayna bitterly thinks of how Cassiel was indeed Angela's partner—in their previous life.
Lily, curious, states that Cassiel had always been Jayna's partner for previous years, but this year her partner has seemingly not been decided yet. Jayna replies that she has somebody in mind, but she may always be rejected. After protesting the idea that someone could even refuse her in the first place, Lily is suddenly reminded of a package that had been sent to Jayna by Cassiel. However, before she could receive his parcel, a butler informed Jayna that she was now able to speak to her father.
When Jayna meets her father in his study, we finally realize who the partner she was thinking of really was—her father himself! He's noticeably pleased by her request to attend together, immediately assuring her of his spot by her side. Jayna, lost in the moment, asks her father why they were never able to do so before, before he drops the fact that she only ever stated that her partner would be Cassiel.
Marquis Bellechateur immediately assumes the worst, pulling out a sword to threaten Cassiel with in the case he said he didn't want to be Jayna's partner. To placate him, she reveals that she requested Cassiel enter with Angela, instead. Still unconvinced, the marquis insists that if he ever refuses to become her partner at the Imperial Ball, well...
... he'll become a security guard so that he won't be able to partake in the activities. Security guards, as we're told, are selected officials and apprentices that guard the guests during any special event. If there's too little applicants, they're selected at random, but there are typically enough applicants that there's no need to.
For the upcoming Imperial Ball, Jayna specifically requests Aidan Laporte to be selected as a security guard so that he can protect the guests with his fellow apprentices. She asks that he be stationed on the third floor "so he wouldn't be burdened", as opposed to the first floor where the ballroom is situated. Marquis Bellechateur commends his daughter for her thoughtfulness, but Jayna internally insists that her intentions are anything but.
Due to the fact that he still had work to be done, Jayna leaves her father to head back to her room... but not before the numerous invitations on his entrance table catch her eye. Count Brian—a name that Jayna has much interest in. After asking her father about his interest in heeding the Count's invitation, she declares her intent on going in his place as soon as he makes it known he'd rather not. Why would she do this, you might ask?
Because he's Heather's fiancé, and she's just found jackpot.
Spoiler: Chapter 29 (of the manhwa)
After Jayna makes her way back to her room, she's informed by Anna that Angela has met with Heather yet again, after visiting her family's mansion every day since their meeting. As she comments on their apparent closeness, Jayna bitterly agrees.
Not only is the role as a designer's muse a highly sought-after position, it's an honour, a source of pride for a noblewoman. The day that the Imperial Ball came (in their previous life), Angela stole the attention of everyone attending—indeed, she did become the flower of society as Heather had promised.
Jayna mentioned the corset was a fashion statement that tore through the noble world, but it wasn't always approved of. The main critics of Angela's dress were mainly Princess Roselia's followers, those who remembered how she just barely did away with the garment's popularity.
However, while there were many voices who spoke against Angela in the beginning, in the end, they dwindled to pathetic numbers, to the point where even the biggest critics were forced to wear corsets to fit in.
Back in the present, Anna mentions how Jayna went to her second fitting alone. Not only did Angela bail on their appointment, but she cancelled the order for the dress that Jayna picked for her.
Jayna silently chides Angela in her recklessness, as at this point she doesn't even know what Heather's capable of. Nevertheless, since Jayna comes from the future, she already knows Angela's gamble on Heather will be successful- which is why she needs to get between them.
Which is where Count [Luke] Brian comes in! He's Heather's fiancé, and someone who holds a high position of power, on top of a tremendous amount of influence in society. In their previous life, he was another one of Angela's followers.
Besides Aidan, Heather and Luke were Angela's most ardent supporters, forming a powerful coalition. See, Angela was not only Heather's muse, but her olive branch as well. If Angela succeeded, then she did by proxy. Because of the publicity that would come from uplifting Angela whilst putting Jayna down, when there were rumours that the two had a falling out, Heather took advantage of it and came down on Jayna—hard. She spread countless rumours, slandering her openly.
After a visit to Heather's boutique, Heather herself talked down on Jayna, stating that a woman with a personality such as hers, wearing clothes that she made? It hurt her pride.
Jayna feels anger upon remembering her treatment. She was a reigning member of the social circle due to her father's influence, yet it was she who fell in the end. She laments over how much fun they must have had, watching her descent into despair.
But Heather wasn't the only one who ruined her reputation—no, she has a bone to pick with Count Brian as well. While Heather covered everyone else, he spread rumours about Jayna to the noblemen. He won't be forgiven.
Jayna tells Anna that she'll go with Angela to the race track in two days. To further her plan, she hands Anna a potion to give Ellie, which she'll then sneak into Angela's dress the day of. She asks how Angela and Ellie are getting along, but the reports are abysmal- they don't appear to be getting any closer. Anna offers to create an opportunity for the two to get closer, upon which Jayna is in the midst of agreeing—before she spots the parcel Cassiel sent her.
While she admits that the relationship between Cassiel and Angela has changed from their previous lives', she is unable to get the image of his hateful face out of her mind. She had been avoiding him thus far, but realizes she can do so no longer. Uneasy, she thinks back to how the recipient of Cassiel's gifts was always Angela in their previous life. Opening it, she finds a handkerchief, and a heartfelt letter.
Cassiel writes that he knows that Jayna's been avoiding him, but must wonder why. To get to this point in their relationship, he must have unknowingly hurt her in the past, so he wishes to apologize to her. To show her his sincerity, he sewed a handkerchief himself to give to her. He proceeds to ask her if she wishes to attend the Imperial Ball with him for this year.
Anna is overjoyed by his thoughtfulness, but Jayna is more than displeased. On the handkerchief, he stitched a callback to their childhood—a phrase they used to write together in the soil when they were children: Jayna ♡ Cassiel.
To Anna, it's an expression he uses to show his devotion, but to Jayna, it's a cruel reminder of the past they can no longer go back to. She keeps thinking back to his disgusted face and, unable to bear it, asks Anna to put it in the drawer with his flower, so she won't be able to see it. While she knows it isn't the current Cassiel she should be angry with, she is unable to let go of her resentment.
She writes him a short, formal letter rejecting him, but thanking him for the gift nonetheless. Anna, upset, attempts to object to Jayna's behaviour, stating that it it atypical of a man to go to such lengths to prove their love to someone. She tries to tell her that he loves her, but Jayna coldly shuts her down, effectively ending the conversation. As Anna hurries off to deliver her letter, Jayna swears to herself that she'll tell Anna everything... one day.
Finally, the day of the race comes. When Jayna comes to pick Angela up from her room, the latter delights in the progress being made by Heather on the dress she is to wear to the ball. Though Jayna asks for a peek, she already knows how well the dress will turn out. But, she has to wonder. If Heather and Count Brian fall out... would Heather still give Angela the dress?
Spoiler: Chapter 30 (of the manhwa)
Shortly after arriving to the race track, they are escorted to their seats by an usher, to an area which is conveniently right next to Count Brian. After politely greeting Jayna, he is introduced to Angela by Jayna. He's immediately entranced, falling in love with her at first sight... which serves Jayna's goals very well.
As of right now, her plan is to do two things: one, spread the rumour of Angela stealing her friend's fiancé, and two, to drive a wedge between Heather and Angela. With the way that Count Brian's currently acting, Jayna realizes that her first goal will come along quite nicely. While Jayna is still unsure how she can complete her second goal, Jayna feels that if it's Heather, her fiancé being stolen is highly likely (lol).
Count Brian personally invites Angela (and Jayna) to his table, which draws the attention of other male aristocrats. Though they greet Jayna politely at first, they immediately swarm Angela afterwards, curious about the new face to the area.
Jayna thinks it's a good time to rest, but it isn't meant to be. An aristocrat takes unusual interest in Jayna—Count Arma, a businessman, has apparently sent a letter to Marquis Bellechateur about his plans for a new business, but never got a reply. He hounds Jayna about it, urging her to deliver his message for him, or to arrange a meeting between the two. However, before he can get any more aggressive, Count Brian breaks up the crowd, drawing the girls' attention to him.
While he appears to be a gentleman with good intentions, Jayna knows of his true self, and remains wary. He gives the two a book to introduce the two to horse riding, with information about both the horses and their riders inside. Jayna notes that there's a horse missing.
Jayna pipes up, asking Count Brian about Black Thunder, which surprises him, as he had assumed she was a beginner at horse betting. As it turns out, Black Thunder is a horse that Count Brian himself owns, known for his powerful legs and speed. Because he's so good, however, Black Thunder is disqualified as a betting horse, as he would've most certainly won the race.
Jayna laments about their inability to see the prized horse, which causes Count Brian to offer to take them to the stables after the competition—jackpot. Jayna coaxes Angela into coming with her, setting the plan into action.
Because they still have the horse race to go through, they figure they might as well bet on the horses. Count Brian comments on the fact that Lord Natera, a wizard and a member of the magical institute, bet his fortune on the third horse. Jayna doesn't think too highly of him—in his past life, he was found to be embezzling funds from the institute's budget.
Angela wonders if it's possible to magically manipulate the outcome of the race, but Count Brian reassures her that nobody can—after all, there's a barrier across the entire track which prevents one from using magic. Jayna blankly notes that he's as rich as she thought he was, as if you are a just a regular nobleman, you'd only be able to afford a small barrier.
Angela bets on horses 3, 7, and 8, while Jayna bets her entire budget on horse 1. Surprisingly enough, it was her horse that won in the end, even though Angela's horses took the lead in the first half. With the race finished, Angela and Count Brian congratulate her on her winnings, with the latter leading them towards the stables to meet Black Thunder. On the way there, Jayna notices that Lord Natera isn't looking too good...
Spoiler: Chapter 31 (of the manhwa)
... though Jayna pays it no mind. It was he who wasted his own potential. She heard he was a gifted magician, but he instead embezzled funds and couldn't even gamble properly to make a fortune off of it (Jayna mentally kicking him while he's down lolol). She leaves him lying on the ground.
As they make their way towards the stables, Count Brian not-so-subtly boasts about Black Thunder, as well as himself. I got this horse in Barcelona! I must have a good eye to spot such a wonderful horse! Jayna wonders if he's here to show off his horse or brag about himself.
Angela interrupts to ask if he has any tips on choosing a horse. Count Brian goes above and beyond for her, asking if she wishes to take horseback riding lessons, and if so, would she accept a white horse that would look amazing with her? Angela coyly says that it's too much, but all Jayna can do is look on in disgust.
Even though Angela can readily rely on the Count's affection, looking back on it objectively, it isn't a good position to be in (both because affection can be fickle, and the fact that she's not only the lowly daughter of a Duke, but he holds a powerful position in society that could destroy her at a moment's notice, presumably).
Count Brian asks if she likes other animals, to which Angela asks in return if it's appropriate to say that she's actually sick of them. Since she lived in a rural mountain village, she often encountered animals.
Count Brian expresses his wonder at the fact that she's a country girl, because he thought he could feel the purity and innocence from her that the average noblewoman from the capital lacks! Yikes.
The count belatedly realizes his slip of the tongue. He completely forgot he wasn't actually on a date with only Angela- he'd invited the both of them, and he just said what he did in front of Marquis Bellechateur's daughter. A noblewoman from the capital. Count Brian quickly apologizes, though Jayna reassures him that it's alright.
Finally making it to the tables, they meet Black Thunder. Angela requests to see him up close, to which Count Brian is all too eager to agree with. He insists that nothing bad will happen, anyway, as Black Thunder is clever, plus he's in a cage.
As Angela nears Black Thunder, an odd scent comes off of Angela. Black Thunder becomes aggressive instantly from the odour, nearly trampling Angela before Count Brian shields her with his body. Jayna rushes over to ask if she's okay. Angela's fine, but the Count got his suit cut due to protecting Angela from the crazed horse. Angela begins to cry once more.
Later, after they get away from the chaos at the stable, Count Brian apologizes to Angela. He had no idea that Black Thunder would act in such a manner... so, the only thing they can do is kill him. He also calls to punish the stableman for mismanaging the horse in the first place. Jayna predicts that Angela won't let this opportunity go to waste to make herself look good.
Lo and behold—Angela, in true white lotus fashion, insists that he cease his order to put down Black Thunder, and that she was the one at fault. She launches into a heartfelt speech that amazes the staff and puts Count Brian to tears. Jayna's unaffected- she anticipated this. She knows Angela only wants to be seen as a sweet and nice lady to others.
The workers instantly start praising Angela, in awe over the fact that a noblewoman protected commoners like them. Angela smirks, happy at the outcome, before switching to an angelic smile and 'graciously' forgiving them for the mishap, insisting that it was just a minor accident. The count, a high-ranking aristocrat, was injured, and it was just a small accident? Jayna thinks. You sure do like playing as the angel.
Count Brian pulls a 'not-like-other-girls' on Angela, commending her for her mercy, as other aristocrats would have called for a heavy punishment to the horses and stablemen. (Like you?) He praises her beauty and kindness once more, causing Angela to act bashfully. Jayna internally chides him for his behaviour, as it was the second time that he bashed noblewomen while uplifting Angela. Though he repeated his mistake, he didn't seem to notice.
A few days later, there are a couple of maids gossiping on Bellechateur's grounds. There's news going around about how Count Brian and Heather Ray broke up. Jayna, listening peacefully nearby, hears the bomb drop: it was supposedly because of Angela!
The maids admonish Angela, disbelieving over the fact that she took away her friend's fiancé. Though, they can see her reasoning for not caring. Count Brian is a powerful, high-ranking man—would any woman really care about such rumours if that was a man she could marry? They lament over her quick climb through society—she began as a simple country girl, got sponsored by Marquis Bellechateur, and now she was going to become Countess Brian. The other maid agrees, bemoaning the fact that it wasn't her father who saved Marquis Bellechateur during the war.
Anna finds the two gossiping maids, reprimanding them for standing around. Sending them away, she turns her attention to Jayna, to which they warmly banter before Anna confirms that the rumours that Angela's stolen her friend's fiancé have already spread far and wide. The plan was a success.
Jayna remarks on how, after this day, every nobleman in the capital will know about her behaviour. When the awful rumours pile up on Angela, who's full of outlandish dreams of becoming the crown princess, she won't be able to place a foot into high society, much less become crown princess.
Even though there was Angela's rumoured affair with Cassiel in their previous life, Angela's position in high society remained safe due to Jayna's efforts to prevent the rumours about her from spiralling out of control.
Now, Angela will be accused by all sorts of parties for being a homewrecker with no one to stop the spread. And all of this was possible because of the potion in the bottle that Jayna instructed Ellie to put into Angela's dress the day of the horse race.
Spoiler: Chapter 32 (of the manhwa)
As it turns out, the potion [in chapter 29] wasn't just red herring... the fact that Black Thunder went on a rampage was no accident. See, the potion that Jayna provided Ellie with is actually used by bullfighters to amplify animal aggression. It doesn't work on humans, but it works quickly on animals.The reason why she used this potion was that, since the Count was so fond of Angela, their meeting wouldn't be a one-off.
The day after the accident, Jayna goes to Count Brian's house to thank him, with Angela in tow. Mid-way through their meeting, however, Angela flees. Jayna wonders if it's because she drank too much tea, but pays her no mind. This is the perfect opportunity to say what she wants to.
Looking as nonchalant as possible, Jayna comments on how Angela seems to like the Earl a lot, causing him to spit out his tea. She mentions how Angela thinks of him as cool, and how she's never talked about a man like that before.
Of course, this is a lie, but Jayna's not going to come out saying that. Angela did say yes when Jayna asked her if she thought Count Brian was a wonderful man. Right on cue, Angela returns, apologizing for her tardiness. The Count insists that it's fine, though Jayna comments on how much time they've spent at his house already, indicating it's time to leave. Seeing them off, Count Brian sends Jayna a thumbs up, a determined look on his face.
Two days later, Jayna finds the maids crowding around the entrance. When she tries to find out what has happened, it turns out that Count Brian sent Angela an enormous amount of gifts! Not only did he apparently send a letter to Count Ray's house to annul his engagement with Heather, but he immediately went on to court Angela. At this rate, Jayna wouldn't be surprised if he brought a confession to her next time.
Nonetheless, there's no time to focus on that, Jayna has to prepare for the Imperial Ball! The maids go full on out on their lady, complimenting and fawning over her as soon as her makeover is done. Jayna tries to deny them, asking them if Angela is not the most beautiful woman in this house?
The maids go quiet. As expected, Angela's reputation as of late hasn't been too good. Jayna's already occupied the role as a fair and gentle lady, so Angela's kindness hasn't reached the staff as well as she would've liked. The maids continue to insist that Jayna is the best... until a maid pipes up, stating how she's sure Angela's a beauty—she seduced her friend's man with that pretty face, after all. She even went over to Count Ray's house that morning even though she was supposedly the reason why Heather's engagement was broken off: just how generous could Heather Ray be?
Admonishing the maid for her loose lips, the rest of them clear out the room. Alone now, Anna exclaims how she was surprised, as well. Even though Heather and Count Brian broke off, Angela still ended up wearing Heather's dress. Anna's confused about this- it's well known that Count Ray has financial problems, and marrying Heather off to Count Brian would have fixed that. So why were they so gracious to Angela?
She suggests that Heather actually made her an awful dress on purpose so Angela could become a laughingstock. Jayna laughs, but says it wouldn't have been possible, anyway. Angela would be beautiful no matter what she wore. She all but verified that in Ceylon's boutique.
To be the 'flower of society' is to be a trendsetter. In order for Jayna to become the flower of society, she needs to create a whole new trend just as Angela's dress falls out of style. We find out that Jayna is on the look-out for a designer (presumably to be on par with Angela's popularity in their previous life) with the help of 'the guild'. If even just one designer made it out there, it would be considered a success.
But, there's no more time to talk. Jayna makes her way downstairs to her father, who's waiting for her. She asks if he's been waiting long, and if the dress looks good on her. Marquis Bellechateur says that it does, making her look exactly like her mother. Jayna says that's the best compliment she's ever heard.
As they reminisce together in the carriage, Jayna decides to ask once the topic of her mother comes up—does he know about Angela's mother? If he was close friends with her father, then surely he would know of her mother as well, right? The marquis thinks on it...
Spoiler: Chapter 33 (of the manhwa)
... before answering vaguely. He says that Baroness Vito was an ordinary aristocrat who admired the knights of the empire. When she became an adult, she was put into an arranged marriage with Baron Vito, a war hero. She then moved down to the South Valley, where she gave birth to Angela. It's all he knows.
Jayna recalls the moments before her death, where Angela claimed that she hated her from the start. She still doesn't understand what pushed her to feel that way, but she feels she may be able to glean something if she asks her father. However, the Marquis cannot give her any more information—as soon as she was of age, she married Baron Vito and moved southbound, which is the extent of what he knows about the woman. He suggests asking Angela, instead. He reveals that Jayna has met Baroness Vito once before.
Jayna's shocked. She presses him for more information, to which he reveals that they met when she was around the age of 2. Jayna's disappointed. No wonder she couldn't remember.
She notices that the temperature of the carriage is high. Though she's not senstive to heat, she realizes that her father must be hot. She apologizes for not noticing earlier, giving him her handkerchief to wipe his sweat with. He thanks her, promising to return it- but she says he doesn't have to. Because it was a gift from her to her father.
The marquis becomes emotional, stating that he'll be wiping his tears, rather than his sweat with it. Jayna thinks that he's exaggerating, but he remains emotional. It was his wish to receive such a gift from his daughter before he died.
Jayna asks why he didn't state that sooner, before Marquis Bellechateur repeats the same reason why he never went to the Imperial Ball with his daughter: because she swore that Cassiel would be the only one. Jayna laments over her previous immaturity. She swears to herself that she'll do anything for her father so she won't have regrets in this life. She promises him that she'll make him at least a hundred of these handkerchiefs. The Marquis makes a blissful expression.
... but Jayna's glad that she's the only one who can see it. For the dignity and prestige of Marquis Bellechateur who commands the army, she can't let anybody see her father making an expression like that!
Warning: from here, the MTL got a bit funky, so I had to do a lot of 5D chess to even get what they were saying. If there's anyone here who's more proficient in Korean and has access to the raws, please feel free to correct me!
She asks about the marquis' workload, worrying about him straining himself. The marquis says he's fine, as military work is more or less the same, but the Emperor seems to be greatly concerned. The first prince is likely to pass away this year. Jayna finds it pitiful, as he hasn't even reached adulthood yet. She pities his father the most.
The royal family's health and safety is also of importance in state affairs. Jayna thinks of how it must be a big deal for her father, who is in charge of such things. Marquis Bellechateur comments on how, when the Saint and her delegation visit this year, it seems like the Emperor will ask the Saint for treatment. Jayna openly doubts that it will work, upon which her father can offer no reply.
The Saint has impressive healing powers to the point where it can be called miraculous, but it's not a catch-all. Especially for someone who has been suffering for as long as the first prince, there's no guarantee that he can even be cured. Jayna remembers how the Saint was murdered in her previous life, and died even faster than the first prince could.
She recalls something she read in a seminary, long ago. In general, there is only ever one Saint in the world, who heals with their will. With the Saint's death, Jayna laments over the first prince, fated to die yet again.
Our favourite father and daughter duo finally arrive at the palace! As soon as they make it inside the ballroom, a number of people flock to them. Jayna quickly grows bored of their mindless flattery, yet makes no mention of it. But Lyria's here to save the day! Like a true bestie, she silently offers to go with Jayna someplace else, offering her some cake. Though Jayna makes the move to accept, a crowd suddenly forms around the entrance. As she makes her way through, she wonders who it is... only to find Angela, her hand hooked under Cassiel's arm.
Noblewomen begin gossiping furiously. They point out her face, pretty enough to seduce Count Brian. Her dress, donning the corset which died out. They call her brazen. But it isn't that which shocks Jayna.
While—objectively speaking—her dress is beautiful... compared to the past, the overall colour harmony and the proportions of each decoration leaves much to be desired. Her corset, used to accentuate her thin waist, the skirt that flows outward to contrast it, and the yellow/orange coloured organza silk... she still looks like a fairy. But compared to the work that Heather pulled out in their previous life, this is just a regular piece of clothing. Smiling ominously, Jayna takes glee in how it will never become a trend now.
Spoiler: Chapter 34 (of the manhwa)
Though Jayna doesn't believe that Heather messed up the dress on purpose, she does think that the annulment of her engagement with Count Brian may have affected her psychological state. Her thoughts are interrupted when she sees her father talking with Duke Klein. She asks her father what he could've wanted, but all he says is that Duke Klein wished to discuss something in a hurry. He excuses himself. Finding herself alone once more, Jayna decides to make her way to Lyria.
They greet each other politely before conversing and eventually landing on the topic of Angela—and, by proxy, Heather and Count Brian. Lyria feels pity for Heather, who said that she couldn't attend due to health problems, but she fears that the real reason may be due to the Angela fiasco.
Jayna states that it can't be helped- Angela's so pretty, guys fall for her just like that. It's a natural phenomenon, so it must be the same for Count Brian. Lyria, on the other hand, insists on a completely different story.
She heard that Angela deliberately seduced Count Brian, and it was Heather who was used like a tool. She asks Jayna if she truly wants to leave Angela alone like that. Her next target could be Cassiel! Jayna denies it, but Lyria's paranoid. She believes that Angela's taking advantage of their care.
Speak of the Devil, Angela's making her way towards Jayna right now. Throughout the entire event, she's sported nothing but a grimace on her face, and now's no exception, especially since she's so conscious of the chatter directed at her. She asks Jayna if she has a moment.
Lyria isn't having any of it, however. She says that if Angela has something to say, then she should say it there—which causes Angela's mask to crack. Right after sporting a furious look, she bursts into tears. She states that she wasn't talking to Lyria, that she must be forcing Jayna to do what she wants, that her words are too much, too cruel. Jayna's had enough. She won't let Angela look like a victim.
Excusing herself, she hurries off with Angela. As soon as they're alone, Angela turns the waterworks on for Jayna. She asks her if she's heard about the rumour of her seducing Mr. Brian, before insisting that it isn't true. How can she do such a bad thing, to steal a friend's fiancé? Jayna is unmoved. She used that face to cover her tracks well in her past life.
Jayna moves to comfort Angela, citing that it isn't her fault that the Count is in love with her, but Angela interrupts her by saying that everyone is whispering about her, saying that she's in the wrong. She's terrified. Gathering Angela into her arms, Jayna assures her that it'll blow over quickly. The truth will be uncovered. Angela states that she still feels wronged, as she just followed Jayna's recommendation to go to the race track. She wants to clear up the misunderstanding with Heather.
Angela acts pathetic and wronged, but Jayna sees right through her. Instantly, she understands Angela's accusation. It's your fault that things turned out like this, so come forward and explain it. Jayna offers an alternative solution: accept the Count's affections.
Jayna 'reveals' how she was already talking with her father about Angela's engagement, since there's nobody who can make a better husband than Count Brian himself. When all's said and done, he doesn't fall flat when it comes ot appearance, status, or wealth. Jayna waves aside Angela's worries about Heather—this is a common occurence in aristocratic society. Inevitably, the rumours will blow over if she does this. Angela refuses, stating that she doesn't wish to part from Heather.
Jayna laughs it off as if it were a joke, teasingly asking Angela who she has on her mind to get her to deny this marriage so vehemently. She purposely cultivates an image of two sisters enjoying themselves—because Rose is coming this way, and she's pissed.
She furiously asks them about what they're talking about to have so much fun. Heather's in a bind because of a certain someone. Angela calls out to her, but Rose replies in disgust- asking her when she got permission to call her Rose, as if they were close? Heather said that it (this whole situation) was okay, but Rose doesn't think the same. She demands of Angela, if you have a conscience, please don't visit the Ray's mansion or Heather from now on.
Angela objects to this, stating that it was just a misunderstanding, and to please believe her. Rose spits back how it doesn't matter if it's a misunderstanding or not. Heather has to hear all kinds of awful rumours, because of her.
Warning: again, the MTL spat out some awkward lines/confusing pronouns from this point on, so I had to do some crazy Mad Libs to get coherent sentences. If there's anyone here who's more proficient in Korean and has access to the raws, please feel free to correct me!
Rose turns her anger towards Jayna, suggesting that the Bellechateurs are covering up after Angela, but Jayna tells her to watch her mouth. Knowing the Bellechateur's relationship with the Vitos, did she really have the nerve to say that? If she continues, the Bellechateurs may have to send a formal letter of protest to Count Ray. Knowing it would turn into a family feud, Rose remains silent, before quietly denying Jayna's accusation.
Jayna requests that Heather not look for Angela anymore, invoking her family name. Angela looks on in shock. Rose acquiesces, leaving afterwards. She acted coolly, but Jayna knows she basically ran away, knowing that she couldn't confront her directly.
Angela is furious. With a death grip on Jayna's arm, she asks her why she did that. What if Heather actually doesn't look for her? Jayna says that Rose's words could've been interpreted as a derogatory remark, inwardly mocking Angela that she did this for her honour, after all.
Angela breaks down, asserting that that wasn't the point. She lost the great honour to become someone's muse.
Jayna knows all too well about the perks that come with becoming a muse. That's why she took that glory away from her.
It was a short argument, but as long as the Bellechateur's family name, as well as the letters of protest were even mentioned, the incident at the ball would make it to the ears of Count Ray and Heather. From then on, Heather would keep Angela at arm's length to avoid a family feud. Heather and Angela's relationship is as good as dead.
Angela says she will have to visit Count Ray after the ball, asking Jayna to come with her. She continues to maintain that it was a simple misunderstanding that must be cleared up. Jayna gently refuses her, telling her that it's important to know the sponsor who'll make you their muse. Heather isn't that famous among the designers who worked in the capital, anyway. Angela protests against this, but Jayna notifies her of the royal family entering the ballroom. She immediately shuts up.
The best prey for Angela was the second prince, after all.
Spoiler: Chapter 35 (of the manhwa)
The emperor and empress are the first to come in... with Princess Halys and the second prince finally making an appearance! The emperor addresses the crowd, launching into a speech celebrating the founding of the empire. However, Angela pays it no mind: she only has eyes for the second prince. Jayna can barely contain her laughter.
Finally, the emperor indicates it's time for the second prince to begin his first dance at the ball. Raven (the crown prince) and Halys dance together beautifully, but Jayna notices how they have absolutely no chemistry together, not focusing on one another. If it were possible to break up, Jayna believes, they would've done so without any trouble at all.
In their past life, Halys actually actively cooperated with Angela to make her the crown princess. If it was the second prince that decided to break up the marriage [to be with Angela], he could be free without causing any harm to her family. Halys wished to annul her marriage because she already had someone that she loved.
Unfortunately, in this life, it isn't meant to be. For the sake of the Empire's future, Halys should be the empress. Before they know it, the dance is over, and Angela is trying to make her way towards Raven's side. Jayna promptly stops her, saying that nobles who make their debut into society must say their greetings to the emperor and empress, first and foremost.
Everyone who makes their debut has a small audience with the emperor and empress. After bowing to them both, the emperor gives them his blessing and encouragement towards their fresh start.
After Angela introduces herself as a lady of the house of Vito, the emperor takes proper notice of her, reminiscing over the war 20 years ago, which he fought in with Baron Vito. He compliments her father, upon which Angela brightly says how much of an honour it is for the emperor to remember her father and the family of Vito. He states in return that he couldn't forget such a man. He wanted him to stay in the capital and protect the imperial family, but the emperor couldn't deny him his request to relocate to his hometown. The emperor congratulates Angela on her social debut, gifting her a silver necklace to celebrate.
Jayna notices the empress—Helia Hesperod. Her maiden name was Helia Lister. In the past, she aided Angela in bringing the Bellechateur family down. Jayna's thought about it plenty of times, but she's still puzzled over Helia's motive.
There were rumours that she was not Count Lister's biological daughter, but it was widely believed that it was a false rumour spread by opposing forces that were against her accession to the throne.
Empress Helia was a woman who was dealt a great hand in life. Her power came from the absolute favour she received from the emperor. Helia was his secret lover ever since the emperor was crown prince and, after the death of Empress Elaine—who was the birth mother of the first prince—she married the emperor, became empress, and gave birth to the second prince. Everyone in the empire bowed down to her. So Jayna couldn't understand.
The Kalmar, Klein, and Bellechateur marquisdoms all swore allegiance to the empress. Marquis Bellechateur never rebelled against the emperor, nor the second prince.
If she had to hazard a guess, Angela was involved. She must have needed a personal achievement to ascend as crown princess, so as an offering, she would have offed Marquis Bellechateur and brought the empress his head. This way, the empress would be able to seize military power without much effort.
Angela returns to Angela from her audience with the emperor, amazed that he was so kind despite how he looked. Abashedly, she asks where Raven is, aiming to greet him personally. Jayna directs her to a dark, secrete spot—where the second prince is having a romantic rendezvous with another woman! In the past, Angela saw this view and was shocked to the point of shaking. This time around, however, Angela impudently interrupts him, happily asking him if he minds saying hello for a second.
Jayna's beyond confused. Why isn't she shaking? She didn't have a problem with this... why? This time around, the one who was shaking wasn't Angela... but Jayna, instead.
And that's it! We've caught up with the latest raws for the manhwa. If the author updates in the future, I'll try to post more machine translations here! Unless someone who has more experience with Korean would like to have a try...!
Ah, and big thanks to the ones who've already read the novel and come back to this thread with endgame spoilers! You're the real MVP.
Oh, um. Don't mind me, just going to give my two cents on this series while I'm at it.
Spoiler: My two cents on the series! (warning: I've got criticism)
So while I'm happy Jayna's living her best life ruining Angela's... is it just me, or does this manhwa sort of have a problem with pacing itself at times? The cuts, the awkwardly-timed/sounding dialogue, the occasional redundant narration text... I love the story, the concept, the characters—it's just that it seems like we're being jerked everywhere at once, or nowhere at all.
Like, for example, there's the beginning of chapter 28, where we're at the scene with Heather meeting Angela for the first time, and then we're suddenly propelled forward because Jayna wants to talk to her father. Why? We don't know at the time we read that panel! (Or maybe you do since you've already read the novel.) There was no build-up to that point, but we're supposed to take it at face value. We're always being taken forward, forward, backward, forward, and then we're back in the present... slowly... going... through... filler episodes... before we're going forward again and suddenly holy shit there's a lot of action for this week's chapter!
Same thing with the day that Count Brian sends Angela gifts. The Korean narration text said 'two days', but two days until what? Two days after the race? Two days before National Day? Not long after Jayna confirms that they're all from Count Brian, with Angela as the recipient, we dive forward to Jayna being prepared for the Imperial Ball. (Is it the same day? A few days afterward, but we weren't told? I don't know, but it sure is sudden!) Then we slowly... go through... filler text... with Anna... and Marquis Bellechateur in the carriage... before bam! Angela's arrived! She faces off against Lyria! Rose confronts the Bellechateurs! Raven and Halys come in and Angela meets the emperor and the empress is probably evil and and and-
It's certainly enjoyable, but I wish the ride was a bit more smooth all throughout. Don't get me wrong— again, I like this series, and I look forward to future updates. It looks like the author's improved in more recent chapters regarding the personal issue I mentioned above, too. though I wish I had access to the rest of the Korean novel so I could get the full story. I have a feeling that, between all the scenic cuts and sudden dialogue, we're missing quite a few details.
Thank you for the spoiler.Its a long but satisfying read.
No problem, and sorry for the length! At first I thought it would be better if I just posted the MTL as it came, but then I started getting sentences that didn't make sense in English. So I decided to try my hand at summarizing each chapter myself! But, if you guys find that you prefer direct translation over whatever's going on in my posts, I'll post next time with just that!
I tried my best to cut down on the bloat that came with my spoilers, but I fear that I just ended up making a short-length essay. Can you tell that 'highlight what's important' was a hard task for me to accomplish when it came to studying?
Thanks for the spoilers. I really like this series but too bad it got dropped quietly. Jayna is playing such a long game just to ruin the friendship between Angela and Heather at the sideline, and I glad it worked out in the end.
Screw Angela you’re the real angel here. thanks for the spoilers
So from the latest update
I saw it, .. Mc knew already about the love potion. . She figured it out.
Right? Talk about satisfying! While I would've adored it if they went nuclear and the cat-fight of the century happened in front of us, I suppose this is the more realistic option, especially since they're living in an aristocratic society. At least I can take comfort in knowing they'll never be able to enjoy the closeness that they once had, and Heather, afraid of retribution from the Bellechateur family should she go against Jayna's word, won't look for Angela. Magnificent.
Side note, was it really confirmed that the scanlation group dropped this series? This whole time, I believed that they were taking a break due to mangadex's (their main upload site) extensive maintenance. If they truly stopped, that's unfortunate! I can only hope that another scanlation group takes over soon so that people don't have to rely on my shoddy MTL lololol
Oh, thank you! You're so sweet. I've always been a fan of 'I was wronged in my previous life but now that I've been reincarnated, I'll do everything in my power to prevent that from happening' stories, so it was a no brainer for me to get into this, haha. The fact that the author introduced the dilemma of being unable to love your fiancé because of (very recent) trauma from how he treated you in your previous life, despite the fact that he had no control over his actions? Despite the fact that he's very much in love with you in this life, and he hasn't done anything to deserve your ire? [chef's kiss] Bellissimo.
Okay, enough of my raving, let's go! Just as a reminder, italics are exact text I extracted via machine translation, while non-italicized font is my own summary.
Spoiler: Chapter 36 (of the manhwa)
The chapter begins with Jayna mulling over Angela's behaviour. In their previous life, when she saw Prince Raven with his lover, she was upset beyond relief, yet this time, she was all too eager to greet him. Why is that? Why on earth did the past and [her] behaviour change? Jayna worries. There may be a problem. Her thoughts are interrupted by a voice calling her name. It's Cassiel, and he's worried about her. He asks if she's okay, and suggests taking a little break. He reaches for her...
But Jayna blocks his hand with her own. She says that she's fine, and thanks him for his concern. Cassiel looks momentarily shocked from her behaviour, but says that it's a relief that she's okay, and continues on like nothing happened.
Jayna turns back to the issue on hand: now's not the time to be confused. Let's think calmly about why Angela is acting differently from the past. She turns her head to Angela, who's curtsying towards the prince. Are you really saying hello in this situation? Jayna thinks, incredulous. How can you smile at the attitude of the second prince? It's easy to see why she's confused: not only is Raven not reacting to Angela, but as soon as she greets him, he turns back to his lover, paying her no mind at all.
Jayna's train of thought is interrupted once more by Cassiel, who calls for her and takes her hand in his. As Jayna says his name in return, he smiles at her, stating "I'd like to ask Lady Jayna. Why don't you dance with me?" Jayna's momentarily caught off guard. It's clear that she'd rather not, but at that moment, I felt like I was going to get caught. I accepted his unexpected dance request.
As Jayna and Cassiel dance among the other couples, Cassiel asks her what she's thinking about. Jayna replies that she's not thinking of much. Dancing with him like this... it feels like it's been a while. "Is that so?" Cassiel inquires. "It's not that bad, is it? There was a ball not too long ago."
Jayna laughs. In real time, he isn't wrong. In my case, it's a little different. I haven't danced with him since Angela showed up. She pauses as he asks her if she liked his present. She replies, of course she does. "Is it really the first time you made something like this? The embroidery skills were great." Ignoring the fact that she put it in her drawer as soon as she got it, out of sight.
Cassiel's clearly proud of it, stating that it was his first time embroidering a handkerchief. He has a warm atmosphere around him, but Jayna looks on coldly. His friendly attitude and warm eyes were unfamiliar and familiar. What happened in the past? Cassiel, who opened his eyes to true love, showed an attitude in which only Angela had value in his life. He even neglected the sword training that he thought was important. ('It isn't like him.' and 'What the hell are you doing?' are displayed in text bubbles, implying that it's his colleagues who're saying these things.) It was as if a person had changed.
But Jayna wonders: is it possible for someone to change, just like that? There were countless people who fell in love with Angela, but no one took as much as a heel turn as Cassiel.
Angela ammassed quite the harem in her previous life—she had the crown prince, who married her. Aidan, who committed a murder on her behalf, and Cassiel, whose status was better than Aidan's.
Jayna recalls how even his mother broke down, saying her son had become strange. Jayna has to admit—Cassiel has certainly changed drastically, compared to the past. Jayna is stricken with a memory of her meeting with Louise—there's a witch in the Southern continent. They say you can make drugs that control people's minds.
Jayna asks Cassiel if he's heard of the word 'witch'. Cassiel replies that he never has. She asks, what about the south? He hasn't heard of that, either, but he recalls it's a place where nothing has been revealed. Jayna confirms his answers, then says she'll ask him one last question. "Do you think it's possible for a person to control someone else's mind?" Cassiel ponders for a bit, before suggesting that Felicie, the chief wizard at the Institute of Magic, would be able to be able to do so.
As expected, Cassiel is on the same page as her—but Jayna has to wonder, why does it keep bothering her? Why did it take up until now for her to realize that Cassiel was acting oddly back then?
There's a scene change. Jayna encounters Louise on the balcony. Louise greets her happily, exchanging pleasantries. Jayna's curious about her not entering the ballroom at the same time as the royal family, but Louise replies that her mother grabbed her and made a fuss. And the reason why she was up here, well... she thought she'd get tired, so she took a break.
Louise asks Jayna if she has anything to ask of her. Jayna confirms her need for answers—she wishes to ask her about the witch in the southern continent that Louise told her about in their previous meeting. Louise confirms that she did once say that—in fact, information about the southern continent is strictly confidential in her family. Jayna asks if she could tell her. She'll keep what they said private. Louise relents, saying that she'll tell her because she trusts her.
Jayna is skeptical—there must be no such thing as the South continent... but why does Louise talk as if she's convinced of the existence of the South continent?
Louise reveals that it was at the end of the previous year, when her family happened to catch a man from the South continent. Jayna questions how they knew he was from the South continent, to which Louise replies that it was because he took the form of her uncle, who died 10 years prior. He escaped shortly after, but she was able to dig up some information. She asks of Jayna: do you think that it's possible for a person to turn into someone else?
A wizard's magic can only change hair or eye colour—but when she saw the man who ran away, she became convinced of the existence of an unknown world. Louise says she heard from him that a 'witch' can make a drug that can control a person's mind.
With this, Jayna's certain—the South Continent exists. If so, she needs to throw away everything she knows about Angela and make entirely new assumptions about her from scratch.
South Valley, where she lived, is close to the South Continent within the empire. Angela met a witch there, and got something like a love potion. And after coming to the capital, she used the potion. In the past, the target was Cassiel, but now its intended use is for Raven, the second crown prince. If this assumption is true, it's possible to explain the behaviour of Cassiel and Angela, which has changed from the past...!
This is why she's so outspoken with Raven. Regardless of his taste, she's confident in seducing him because she has the love potion as a failsafe. So, who was the witch Angela met? Baron Vito and my family have been interacting for a long time, so we know enough about the family. Jayna recalls a certain maid. She's the one I knew of only when she came to the capital.
So I assumed that Angela must have succeeded in making Prince Raven her slave in the future or else, it would be too easy for Jayna to continue pummeling her.
Interesting that you'd say that! ainosz actually briefly touched upon this subject while spoiling what happens to Cassiel in the future.
Spoiler: How Raven (& Cassiel) fell for Angela in their first lives, as well as how Angela future-proofs the second prince's love in the current timeline
So you'd be correct in assuming that he'd be her slave... although unwillingly.
Good thing that Heather wasn't a good person as well, as the first timeline showed that she also took part in ridiculing Jayna, but it doesn't change the fact that Jayna just ruined her successful career where she supposed to be famous tailor/designer for all timeline.
Yes, that's where reincarnation stories get a bit messy. Which I like! The potential grey areas of a heroine's path of revenge are so interesting to me, and I wish more authors pursued this instead of insisting that their FL is completely blameless (while the ML does all the dirty work in the background). When enacting your revenge against those who wronged you in a previous life, where does the 'collateral damage' end? Can you justify being cruel to someone who has the potential to hurt you, yet hasn't done so because they haven't had the chance? When do you know you've gone too far?
I can't really fault Jayna for being paranoid and ending Heather's career before it even begins. She served as one of the core people who brought Jayna's downfall in society once fame got to her head, so it makes sense to me now that, with another chance in life, Jayna wants to strike at her before she has a foothold in society. Cruel? Perhaps. Necessary? Absolutely.
Yes, but Heather's career really shouldn't be allowed to succeed.
'Thanks' to Heather's original design for Angela, the corset makes a comeback. According to the previous timeline, many young ladies start to unhealthily starve themselves again to fit in the trend of wearing a corset and having an unrealistic thin body.
Source: Chapter 27 (Post #185)
That's one of Jayna's reasons for stopping her from ever becoming popular again. And, IMO, that's a very valid reason.
Yes, I don't blame Jayna for ruining her career but I just found it was kinda pitiful (and funny at the same time) that she was destined to do the great thing is now not only losing her career but her fiance as well. If she was a good person, I would hate Jayna for that but she wasn't so nothing value is lost.
Now the table has turned. Instead of ruiningJayna's friendship with others, it was Angela that lost her allies. It is just a matter of time the noble girl who hates Jayna cut her connection with Angela.
Hi, everyone, I'm back with another chapter! Just a reminder that I don't speak, write, or read fluent Korean, and rely on MTL to forge my way through chapters. Ah, and there's a character that appears in this chapter who I never mentioned in previous spoilers. Let me mend that really quickly.
Spoiler: character introduced in chapter 35, who reappears in chapter 37
In chapter 35, there was this panel I couldn't get right no matter how many times I ran it through a machine translator. Different programs yielded different results, yet nothing came out which could be twisted into a sentence that made sense. I ended up omitting it (yeah, I know, big mistake on my part,) since I thought that, hey, Angelic Lady already brings in and drops new characters like fleas, surely this isn't an important character that'll appear much in future chapters, right? No. The answer is that she's actually not a throwaway character, and will in fact appear two chapters from her first appearance. It was the devil on my shoulder, and now I pay for it by looking like a court jester. Again, so sorry about that!
The character I'm talking about is a girl named 'Essila'. Her name keeps changing to that, 'Essilla', or 'Esilla', so I'm hoping that the scanlation group can catch up so I can stop fretting over the proper spelling of this name. For the panel in which she appears, it's the fourth one on chapter 35, which reads, 에실라 황녀와 파라스 영식, 마지막으로 로젤리아 황녀와 실버 백작을 호명했다. When put through translators, I got, Empress Essila and Young-sik Paras, and finally, Empress Roselia and Count Silver were called. Which you can see is... pretty confusing, no matter how you look at it.
First of all, I have no idea who Young-sik is, if it's even referring to a person, or if it's just a mistake on the machine's part. After going through other translators, I found that an alternative translation could be Empress Essila, the young woman of Paras, but I didn't feel confident enough in this translation to include it. (Where the Hell even is Paras? Are you talking about actual Paris? The author did mention Barcelona in an earlier chapter...) My bad—even if the translations given are iffy in the future, I'll try my best to include them nonetheless, so we can avoid more confusing situations in the future.
Second of all, the translator referred to both Roselia and Essila as empresses, but I swear the scanlation group referred to Roselia as a princess-but-not-princess? There's a difference in the Korean word for 'empress' and 'princess', right? Am I just reading this wrong?
As we later find out later, too, Louise is the niece of the emperor. But how is Essila related to these people? Is she a cousin, a sister? I don't know these people! Agh, someone give me a family tree, please! And some novel raws!
Okay, that's all! Now that we've got that out of the way, it's time to get right into it. Italics is text I've extracted directly from MTL, and non-italics is text that I've summarized from each panel.
Spoiler: Chapter 37 (of the manhwa)
We've finally found the potential culprit for the one who's been supplying Angela with love potions: Rona. Jayna gives her thanks to Louise for the information she's given her, which Louise waves aside. While she'd like to talk more, she has an appointment with Her Majesty in the lounge on the second floor, so she needs to go now. As she leaves, we go to the next panel and—HOLY SHIT ANGELA'S HIDING IN THE BACKGROUND.
Angela calls out to her as soon as Louise turns around the corner to leave. She asks where Jayna's been, as she'd been looking for her everywhere. Jayna apologizes, stating that she'd just been talking to Louise. Angela demands to know what she'd been talking about. Jayna remains vague, saying that she didn't say much, while Angela glares at her.
The reason Angela is mad at me now is obvious. Jayna flashes back to chapter 19, when Angela 'broke down' and lied to Jayna about what happened at the tea party. ("As soon as she saw me, she treated me like an uninvited guest, and she was disappointed to see me in person as if I was lacking in some way...") Angela claimed to have been insulted by Louise at the Masquerade Tea Party, and I had said that I would protest against Louise. In addition, rumours circulated that Louise and I had a big fight. In those circumstances, it would have been difficult for her to understand if I showed up getting along with Louise.
Perhaps Angela had two thoughts. One is the feeling of betrayal from the fact that I'm close to Louise even though she said she insulted her. That, and when she tried to undermine my reputation in society, she's anxious now that things have gone awry.
Placing a hand on Angela's shoulder, she tells her to calm down. Innocuously smiling, Jayna asks her if she'd like to go to the lounge and rest for a bit. "Louise said she was going to the second floor, so let's go to the third floor lounge." Without waiting for an answer, she pushes Angela towards their destination, all while the latter sports a sour look on her face.
Once they make it to the lounge's door, Jayna stops and calls Angela's name. "I've been telling you." she says, with a concerned look plastered on her face. "Miss Louise is the niece of the Emperor. That's why you shouldn't be more rude."
Angela is offended by her words. Angered, she loudly retorts, "But Jayna, how could you do that to me? She insulted and ridiculed me! Are you going to back me up after I'm like Pina Melba?"
Jayna sighs. "How the hell did you know about Miss Melba?" As she asks this, she 'notices' a hand coming up to push open the door from the other side. Angela, however, doesn't notice, and continues to yell at Jayna. "That's not the point right now! Don't try to get away with it!"
A chilling voice interrupts their conversation. "I tried to hold it in since it was a good day, but I can't hear it anymore." Angela's horrified. She recognizes that voice...
It's Louise, and she's pissed. Smiling mockingly, she opens the door the rest of the way and directs her attention towards Angela. "Vito, what did I do? Keep going." Angela, realizing how badly she's messed up, can't stop shaking. She begins to talk herself out of the situation, (rather, she says, "Ms. Silver. I'm, I'm...") but Louise, unable to keep up with her bullshit any longer, interrupts her and demands for her to explain what I did to Miss Vito, and how I did it. Angela turns to Jayna, nervously looking for an out.
'There's a reason why Louise showed up on the third floor when she said she was going to the second floor lounge.' Jayna smirks. I already knew Louise was spending time in the third floor lounge. In the past, I opened the door to the third-floor lounge to relax. There, I ran into Louise, who was bitter. That's why I brought Angela here on purpose. In the hallway, you can't hear any sound in the room. Inside, it's designed to hear any sound coming from the hallway.
Back in the lounge, flashing back to a few seconds earlier, Louise and Princess Essila overhear Angela claiming that Louise insulted and ridiculed her. Louise's anger only increases as Angela mentions Pina Melba. Back in the present, Louise is admonishing Angela, drawing the attention of other noblewomen. "And what about Pina Melba? Are you saying I did anything to her?" she accuses Angela, with the latter frantically denying it. Louise's interrogation continued and the uproar began to draw more and more people.
"What the hell is going on with Miss Silver?" a noblewoman murmurs. "Well, I don't know, but..." another one whispers back.
"Vito, I'll let you know properly. You're talking like this because you think Melba's death is my weakness. It's not my fault that she committed suicide." though Louise's volume lowers, her face is contracted in cold fury. "I did write an article about Miss Melba in the newspaper. But the reason she committed suicide was a matter of succession within the family, not because of the article I wrote."
"Wasn't it obvious that she died in a family feud?" a noblewoman asks another. Angela remains paralyzed with fear, shaking continuously. "I hear it wasn't suicide, it was murder..."
Louise continues her verbal smackdown. "Anyway, there was gossip at the time. But it wasn't much of a story, was it? And Vito, isn't it different from what you told me at the tea party? Vito told me that she heard about Miss Melba from Miss Jayna. But why did she ask Miss Vito how she knew about it?" Angela turns to Jayna once more, slowly claiming that she learnt about Melba's story [from Jayna], silently indicating for Jayna to step in. Jayna's gaze turns dark...
... and she does her part to help. "I'm sorry, Miss Louise. I was the one who told Angela." Angela immediately hides behind Jayna as Jayna 'confesses'. "Angela didn't lie. So just this once..."
"Miss Jayna." Louise sighs. She sees through Jayna's attempt to shield Angela. "I told you before, right? Not twice." she turns to Essila. "Your Highness, no... Essila. I have a favour to ask of you." (I believe what Louise means by 'not twice' in this sentence is referring to their conversation in chapter 17 after the tea party fiasco, when Louise says "However, if this happens again, I will not back down." because Jayna 'begs' her not to take action against Angela. Angela's already offended her once; she won't be let off the hook.)
"What kind of request? Tell me, Liz."
"Your Royal Highness, please keep Miss Jayna close to you."
"All right. Miss Jayna? Will you come this way?"
Angela looks even further shocked at this request. Immediately, she grasps onto Jayna, angrily shouting, "Jayna, don't go! You can't go!" Jayna quietly calls her name in warning, pushing her hands off, before walking to Essila. Angela's fury is evident on her face.
"Let's say that what you said about Miss Melba was correct. But you said I insulted and mocked Miss Vito at the tea party? That's weird. I don't remember that." Louise mocks Angela as she shakes in fury.
"A misunderstanding..." Angela begins. "I misunderstood! It was my first time socializing!"
"Vito, I'm not an idiot." Louise smiles derisively. "I welcomed Miss Vito, and she mistook it for an insult? Why don't you say anything that makes sense?" she berates her, looking on coldly.
"I'm telling you! You're mistaken!" Angela cries out.
"You're being stubborn because you have nothing to say."
I'm not being stubborn! I'm so frustrated!" Angela yells, before beginning to bawl. She sobs in front of Louise pitifully, with the latter looking on in thinly-veiled disgust.
"I'm the one who wants to cry, but why is Vito crying?" Louise asks her.
'There's no sign of things moving forward.' Jayna thinks grimly. 'Now, then... has the time come? I asked my father to do the security work on the third floor, so of course he should come. Aidan Laporte.'
"Everyone, is something wrong?" Aidan comes in, alerted from all the commotion. The real show's about to start.
EDIT 1: noticed some improper grammar and punctuation, so went around fixing it. Also changed up some awkward lines. Hope this helps!
Thanks for the spoiler. So Jayna aware Angela was behind her when she was talking with Louise and bait her to show her disrespectful attitude so Louise can heard their conversation.
I also like how Jayna tried to pretend that she can't help Angela since Louise is a royalty, but in reality if she is sincere to help Angela, she could. Lol.
Ah, yeah, I see your point. I actually do kind of find it funny, too. In another world, another genre, Heather could have been our villainess story and, due to the fact that we'd be reading things from her point of view, we'd possibly be biased towards viewing her as a sympathetic woman. Shame, though, this is Jayna's story! I'm faithful to my FL. So sorry that you can dish it but not take it, Heather!
Honestly, after the Louise fiasco, I doubt that Angela's going to be able to befriend many people. Jayna did mention in a previous chapter that Louise is basically one of the few people you don't want to cross... and Angela's already done multiple times. So if anybody wants to stay in Louise's good graces, they'll have to stay far, far away from the girl that Louise publicly humiliated and made known she despised, which doesn't leave her with many options for friends.
I look forward to seeing what Angela's plotting next... how will she dig herself out of her grave, now?
No problem! It's my pleasure to spread the joy of Angela getting her due treats. Yeah, looks like Jayna was in control this entire time! I thought it was odd when she stopped right in front of the doors and brought up such a controversial topic (at least it was to Angela), but as I suspected, she had an ace up her sleeve this entire time. That's our girl!
Seeing Jayna living her best life unbothered by Angela's disastrous attempts at PR is hilarious. We both know she could, and did go above and beyond for Angela, but the girl squandered her trust. Now she's lucky if Jayna even lifts a pinky to help her out. (Which she did, in the latest chapter, but only because she wanted to make herself seem better in comparison to Angela.) Sucks to suck!
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