The village chief was beside himself with joy, “Many thanks Your Highness, you’re the benefactor of our Zhang village.” They were so effusive with their thanks they practically performed a full set of formal kowtows!
Unexpectedly, Jing Yi chose this moment to be a wet blanket, “Chief, you shouldn’t express your thanks so early.”
Hm? He’s up to something again.
The chief was confused.
Jing Yi looked at Jing Rong and spoke, as though reminding him, “The dispersion of relief funds have always followed the rules set by the capital; not every matter requires the attention of the imperial court. If that were the case, then wouldn’t all the provinces report to the capital over every minor kerfuffle. Should that happen, wouldn’t it throw our Great Lin into chaos?”
“That may be so, but we both saw the situation of Zhang Village. The never-ending rain has precipitated disaster in the form of floods. Although there were no casualties, their homes have collapsed and the losses were massive. There is no reason why the capital should leave them to their own devices.”
“Based on your words, it looks like the Ministry of Revenue will be working overtime!” He was obviously being sarcastic.
Jing Rong gave him a sidelong glance, “Regardless, I will do what I can.”
“You’ll do your best to fight for them but the court officials may not necessarily give their approval.”
How beastly!Jing Yi’s words implied that he would be inciting the officials to obstruct him.
Given Zhang Village’s situation, it may be difficult to request disaster relief funds. After all, the extent of this flood was minor and without casualties. Jing Yi and his faction could easily cite precedents according to Great Lin’s laws to block them. Then, it would be difficult to ensure that the funds would be distributed evenly no matter how benevolent the Emperor may be.
It seems that another ‘confrontation’ will be happening soon! Jing Rong couldn’t be bothered to argue with him.
The village chief couldn’t comment on the princes’ argument, and could only silently pray that the imperial court would be able to provide assistance.
Just at this moment, Wen Shisan and Ji Yunshu came back and returned to their respective seats.
Noting Ji Yunshu’s facial expression, Jing Rong asked, “Looks like you two parted on bad terms.”
She didn’t reply.
He took that as a silent agreement.They really did part on bad terms.
She sighed, “It seems that even Heaven does not wish for some individuals to be good people.”
“It’s not for the heavens to decide who would be a good or bad person.” Jing Rong spoke. “If a person wants to be good, then they would be righteous no matter what. If they chose to be evil, they would still commit crimes even if you gave them everything they want. Although I do not believe in Buddhism,, I still believe in the saying ‘Good o
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