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Chapter 18.3 – Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉)

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Chapter 18.3

Misleading is the most commonly seen technique. And is also the technique used by most authors. It can be said that in every novel, the readers cannot escape from a misleading scene set up by the authors. But this method is so commonly used, and the readers see it so often, that it became the part that is ridiculed the most.

The person most likely to be the murderer, is definitely not the murderer.

Lan Ning typed to relate all this to Xing Xin, who replied quickly.

Xing Xin: Current readers have a broader view than previous generation readers. And so we come into the phenomenon that you described. But there is no problem with this technique, it depends on how the writer uses it.

Cauliflower: Ee? Are you saying you can split “misleading” to high grade misleading and low grade misleading?

Xing Xin: I recommend you read my <<Symbiosis>> again, perhaps you can gain enlightenment.

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Lan Ning: “… …”

Xing Xin: So are you my fan?

Cauliflower: … … teacher, when will you submit the next part of the manuscript o (n_n) o ~

Xing Xin stopped talking.

Lan Ning typed again: “ teacher, where are you?”

Xing Xin: à _ à

Xing Xin: I got back home yesterday. But it’s best if you don’t come to find me. I’m very tired. I have not revived. Even if you come, I won’t open the door.

Lan Ning’s mouth twitched. Thinking that after his long spring vacation, he will have expended much of his physical strength, and so decided to give him one day of holiday.

Cauliflower: then I will come and find you tomorrow. o (n_n) o ~

Xing Xin: … … … …

It’s near the time for the work day to start. Her co-workers came in one by one. The editor-in-chief saw Lan Ning’s message last night. And once she came in today, she asked Lan Ning when the rest of the manuscript will be submitted.

Lan Ning can only send her Xing Xin’s messages through screenshot. She waited anxiously, and finally got the editor-in-chief’s reply: “I will give you at most a week. Collect the whole manuscript by next week. Or no matter how we rush, we can’t do the May release. I will first proofread this part of the manuscript.”

Cauliflower: okay (:3」∠)

Cauliflower: That’s right, have you seen Bi Kong Ru Xi’s manuscript?

It seems like the editor-in-chief is reading Xing Xin’s manuscript, she replied half a day later: “haven’t seen it. I have a few manuscripts piled up, I will take some time this week to read them all.”

Cauliflower: okay

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After the busy work day is over, Lan Ning didn’t feel like moving once she got home. She made a bowl of noodles, carried it to her room, and took <<Symbiosis>> from the bookshelf.

This book was written by Xing Xin 3 years ago. It is because these past 3 years he had been writing short stories, so this time there is more attention when he started writing the 4th book of Anran Detective Series.

She opened the book and read it while eating her noodles.

<<Symbiosis>>’s main female character Su Han Qing is an important suspect in a murder case. But she is a patient with multiple personality disorder. Her four personalities, one is gentle and timid, one is meticulous and thoughtful, one is exceptionally violent, and the last is taciturn but full of ambition. The police think that she is faking her multiple personality. And use the excuse of a mental disorder to escape punishment, however, they can’t find any evidence. In the end, Wu Yang expended a lot of effort, and helped them find a loophole, verifying that Su Han Qing does not have multiple personality disorder, and Su Han Qing herself admitted to her crime.

The development of the plot of this part of the novel is already complete. There is also enough brilliance, but this still isn’t the story that Xing Xin wants to tell.

Su Han Qing actually does not have 4 personalities, but she has 2. The main personality is gentle and timid, the second personality is meticulous, ambitious, in addition to being taciturn and violent, and is faking to have the main personality type. She knows she has killed someone. She can feel the strong murderous thoughts of the 2nd personality, but she can’t control it. The frequency that the 2nd personality comes out becomes more and more often, and she is afraid that her body will become a killing machine.

So she wants to lock herself in prison.

She has pondered over this method for a long time. She pretended to have 4 personalities, and enter the police’s surveillance. She knows that in front of Wu Yang, she will make a mistake. But as long as they discover that the extra 2 personalities she made is fake, there is a high probability that her second personality will be considered as fake as well.

In the end she succeeded, but Xing Xin did not give a clear answer in the text as to whether Wu Yang discovers if she actually has 2 personalities.

© 2017 TINKERBELLSAN ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. Translated for If you are not reading this from, then this translation has been posted without the permission of the translator.

Lan Ning held the book while sitting on the head of the bed, and fell into contemplation.

Is this the “Misleading” that teacher Xing Xin is referring to? The “misleading” in <<Symbiosis>> starts in the beginning of the story, so it originally started with some “misleading”.

So in <<Death Message>> he has also misled the readers from the beginning?

Lan Ning thought for a long time and still has not made any breakthroughs. In the end she just washed up and went to bed. The whole night, she dreamed of murder cases, and when the alarm rang, she woke up quivering.

She wiped the cold sweat on her forehead, and sat on her bed.

She felt that next time it’s better if she doesn’t read Xing Xin’s book before bed.

She had just put on her clothes, when she received enlightenment, it’s like there’s a light bulb that suddenly lights up.

She took out her phone and started writing a Weixin (I’m assuming a weibo email) to Yan Ru Yu. Yan Ru Yu’s Weixin is the one she previously forced him to add her on, although she later understood that adding her on it does not help her with anything.

Lan Ning: I have come up with an answer! The “misleading” in this book is that the single stroke wasn’t left by the victim, but was left by the murderer! I feel that before this, there were small details that point to it, starting … …

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Lan Ning gave a long explanation of her deductions, and sent the message to Yan Ru Yu.

After a short while, Yan Ru Yu gave a reply to her message: “ total of 653 words, with your typing speed, did you start writing the message at 5.30 in the morning?”

Lan Ning: “… …”

And you still counted the number of words, aren’t you more unoccupied?



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6 thoughts on “Chapter 18.3 – Finding Glowing Beauty in Books (书中自有颜如玉)

  1. Weixin is WeChat in english, which is a separate app. I would have been confused too if I didn’t have both Weibo and Weixin. Thanks for the chapter!

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