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Princess Agents: Sweet Lin&Zhao interactions and Season II status


I’m slowly picking up the recap after a long break since the Chinese new year and a super busy spring. Though the whole story has already been concluded by NINJA REFLCTION following the link Ninja Reflction: princess-agents-novel-ending-translation-last-part.  Other parts can be easily found … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 13)


The dowry that Li Ce prepared for CQ has arrived from Biantang over a month ago. According to the guards of the Zhenhuang city, there has been more than four hundreds carts of cargos, several tens of etiquette officials, and … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 12)


While CQ is a bit worried that Yue might be upset for being laid off from the political center, Yue seemed to be happy for being able to peacefully enjoy a whole new year’s fest together with CQ. He has … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 11)


Zhuege Yue who had been very drunk is not anymore on the bed when CQ returns to the yard, instead, she finds him in his study in front of his working desk, pretty sober and writing a letter. She stands … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 10)


ddmcmc: this recap is modified on 17.Oct, which is enriched with the aspect of the emperor, who is actually determining the development of the whole famine rescue issue. It is now easier to understand why Zhao Yang and the other … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 9)


ddmcmc: I would like to remind my dear readers with the collective efforts by Sue Lee, Angel Chua and myself on PA translations, you are kindly directed to an open letter on Sue Lee’s site (https://sueleesunshine.com/2017/09/19/princess-agents-novel-english-recapstranslations-collaboration-and-collective-efforts-by-sue-lee-angel-chua-ddmcmc/), saying exactly the same … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 8)


The riots downtown were due to the fights among soldiers of different military theaters of Daxia, instigated by the supporters of Zhao Yang. The rivalry between Zhao Che and Zhao Yang in a military term, is the confrontation between the … Continue reading

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Princess Agent – pinayatsunshinestate’s translation of abolished chapters


ddmcmc: Our dear pinayatsunshinestate managed a wonderful translation of the abolished chapters that are not collected either in the Chinese/Vietnamese web versions or the Chinese print version. The chapters had been the preliminary version of the stories after the first … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 7)


Put her deep concern on Yue’s health aside, life in Zhenhuang is surprisingly pleasant. Xiao Fei, Yue Qi’s wife would frequently drop by with her two kids. Mo’er is happy having Jingjing and Ping’an around, and He Xiao is now … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 6)


ddmcmc: this recap starts from the scenes after the reunion and the first shipping* of Xing & Yue. For the details between the part 5 and 6 of Vol V, readers are referred to a complete translation at sueleesunshine’s site: From … Continue reading

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Princess Agents – A summary of differences between web/print versions


ddmcmc: This was supposed to be a reply to the comments of the previous post, then it went too long and I decided to make it a new post. There’re several different versions of the novel and it might be … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 5)


A sound of heavy attack on the main city gate interrupts the stalemate at the Fengyou stage, accompanied by a tremor that shakes the earth. A signaler rushes in on horseback shouting:” The grand duke Jing’an’s army reaches the city! … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 4)


Sun Di,  the best friend of Li Ce and the think tank of his governance core, is waiting for CQ in front of a newly built mansion that is supposed to be part of CQ’s trousseau. “Have you thought through … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 3)


While Yue returns to Daxia, CQ continues her trip to Tangjing for a proper farewell to Li Ce before she leave for Qinghai. “There is still a long way to go, and accidents may burst at any time, are you … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part 2)


CQ and Yue had spent the rest of the New Year’s fest together. Nothing was special, but this was the happiest New Year ever. Far from Daxia and Yanbei, finally they get to relax and live as the ordinaries. They … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol V (Part I)


Time flashes and two years past since Yue’s death. CQ was indeed kept in Yanbei, by its people. Before the ice lake, right after the division with Yanxun over the penalty of Xiuli Army, CQ had withdrawn herself from the … Continue reading

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Princess Agents Novel Recap Vol I-IV


The novel consists of 109 chapters in total and the main storyline is separated to six volumes (two volumes in each book).  Here is a list of volumes and the recaps of main events: Book 1 Prologue: Fore life in … Continue reading

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书单


搁在枕边儿的书,听起来是上了高速路,应该很快就被看完,实际上是进了停车场,两三个月也翻不了一页。枕头边儿上的书越摞越高,越摞越高,渐成气候,成了座小山,早上赖床的时候,往山后一躲,遮掉好多阳光。最近天热,睡觉时候多翻两个身,不留神就掀倒了枕边的书山,稀里哗啦淌一地…夜深人静,惊天动地,难得楼下老奶奶后来没找上门来反映情况。逢端午长假,决定做件有意义的事,就把散在地上书整理一遍,结果如下:《西厢记》看完附录一《莺莺传》之后,再也碰过。因为搁置的时间最久,压在最底下,所以其他的书都散落在地上以后,它还稳稳躺在原处,妥得很。《老舍幽默诗文集》老舍年轻的时候,是很愤青很愤青的。幽默是幽默的,然而很愤青很愤青的,谈起祖国,说到人民,都是恨铁不成钢的。眼里不揉沙子的。幽默是幽默的,然而很忧郁很忧郁的。集子里好几篇文章都是说济南,本来打算去济南的时候带着,因为一直没去济南,于是就停在枕边。《城邦暴力团》(下)听了锵锵三人行的宣传,当做武侠买了回来。去美国的时候带了上册,打算飞机上看,结果成了催眠的良药,十几页之后打个盹,醒过来,又十几页,再打个盹儿..话说,写书人还是很有水平地,随随便便几句话,就透着少说十几部春秋经典的根底。怪只怪瞧书的没文化,只顾着寻觅情节变化,牛嚼牡丹一般,总算在回国的飞机上啃完了那上半卷。下半卷,书签儿夹在第十页…索性,拿出欣赏电视连续剧的惯技,直接跳到最后,看结局!知道个前因后果,假装看完了吧。《长发飞扬的日子》出名要趁早啊!黑豹当红的时候,窦唯才21岁啊,结婚登记都不够年龄啊!夹在姜昕跟王菲之间,天秤男是很摇摆的啊!摇摆也是年轻啊,大家都不过二十一二三呐。这一比较,就觉着自己果然是年老了啊。土豆儿一样滚书堆啊,越滚越是土得掉渣啊,飞扬也不知道怎么飞呀,顶多就是扬扬灰呀。《路上有惊慌》很贫很贫的北漂儿心得。很贫很贫的,无产阶级美少女的blog文集。说自己想要的木头的衣柜,因为从塑料衣柜里往外扒衣服,腾了半个柜子之后,扒出来一件,皱巴巴的!喷点儿水,压压折儿,套在身上,带着左一块右一块的水渍出门,仍然皱巴巴的——“一路上,我身上都蒸腾着沮丧的雾气,就像一个包子!就像一个包子! ”写得多好啊,看着就忍不住会心地笑上一笑。

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90秒


今天看了Jill的那本《My Stroke of Insight》,中文译本叫《左脑中风,右脑开悟》。 老实说,俺不怎么喜欢这个中文译名…这是闲话,且搁在一边儿。 全书当中,印象最深刻的一个科学事实是: 外界刺激带来的生化反应,也就是一种情绪,其真正存留的时间只有90秒钟。 但是,由于大脑的思考是建立在丰富的多维反馈回路的基础之上,这一短暂刺激会引发许多其它的思维回路。 就好像一石激起千层浪。 比如,因为某个人的一句话而感到生气,于是联想到这句话的其他含义,再滚动出这个人的各种背景… 然后猜测,揣摩,思索,思维的回路层层重叠延伸,如果不加以控制,可以无穷无尽。 而事实上,因为那一句话而产生的那一份生气,只能停留90秒钟(右脑)。 接下来那些有可能无止尽的烦恼都是过分的联想和推理所造成的(左脑)。 所以,Jill建议: “要有效移除某个情绪,最健康的做法是,在该情绪出现时,先完全顺从这种情绪,让它跑完90秒钟的运作期。 这些情绪就像小孩子一样,有人听它,有人承认他,就没事了。情绪回路的强度与频率,通常会随着时间降低 。” 换句话说,要生气就生气吧,想狂欢就狂欢吧,只需90秒种的放纵,然后,就可以慢慢释然,逐渐放松。

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上下文 补


《礼记》里头有段《有子之言似夫子》,讲的是孔老夫子逝后,发生在他几个弟子之间的轶事。 大概内容是这样: 孔夫子去世之后,有若跑去跟曾参探讨功课,问道:“你听先生提过对‘丧(指被罢官)’的看法没有?” 曾参说:“听先生说过‘丧欲速贫,死欲速朽 ’。” 有若听了就摇头:“这不像君子该说的话。” 曾参坚持:“我跟子游都听见过。” 有若犹疑道:“那样的话,先生这话肯定还有别的由头儿。” 曾参也是个认真的,又跑去跟言偃核实,问他:“子游啊,子有说‘丧欲速贫,死欲速朽’这话不是君子该说的,你怎么看?” 言偃答:“没错,子有说话还真像夫子!当年夫子住在宋国,看见宋国桓司马给自己做石椁,三年还没做完。先生说:‘这样奢靡,不如死了赶快烂掉。’ ——死欲速朽,这话说的是桓司马。南宫敬叔返回鲁国,必带了宝物入朝。先生说:‘这种不义之财,不如丢了官就成穷光蛋。’ ——丧欲速贫,这是说南宫敬叔 。” 曾参勤劳地,又把言偃的话转达给有若。 有若道:“我就说嘛,这话肯定不是夫子的本意。” 曾参问:“你怎么知道?” 有若回答:“夫子在中都制礼,规定棺需四寸厚,椁要五寸厚,这就看出夫子不希望人之死后速朽。先生在鲁国被罢了官,却也没死心,更打算前往楚国,还先让子夏去打听,又派冉有去联系,这就看出先生也不希望罢了官之后就揭不开锅。” … “丧欲速贫,死欲速朽”,这话亏得是被有若的弟子以一整篇轶闻的方式记在《礼记》里,才有机会让大家知道,纵然是先生亲口说过的原话,理解起来也还需要参照个前因后果上下文。 外一不凑巧,被记进《论语》,来句“子曰:丧欲速贫,死欲速朽”,不知道又要给后世添多少麻烦。

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