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Chapter 37

Chapter 37 – Spoiling the Top Scholar, the Foolish Empress!

The Golden Imperial Hall was crowded for the morning court session.

“We greet Your Majesty, long live the empress for ten thousand years!” All the officials knelt in unison.

“Please rise, my dear ministers,” said the empress who sat on her throne, observing the whole crowd.

When she saw Lin Beifan standing at the back, her eyes lit up and she smiled sweetly at him. “Minister Lin, where have you been hiding? Come forward, please.”

Lin Beifan stepped out and made a bow. “Your Majesty, what can I do for you?”

“I just wanted to see you, that’s all,” the empress smiled again. “Minister Lin, you’ve been serving for some time now. Are you still comfortable in your position? Is there anything you don’t understand?”

“Your Majesty, everything is fine. I appreciate your concern,” Lin Beifan replied with another bow.

“And how is your work in the Imperial Academy? Have you familiarized yourself with it?”

“Thanks to the help of my colleagues, I have adapted well to the environment and various tasks are running smoothly, Your Majesty.” Lin Beifan replied confidently.

“I see. That’s why you’re the top scholar that I admire. I’ve rewarded you with a mansion. Are you comfortable living there?”

“Your Majesty, I live very comfortably. Thank you for your generosity,” Lin Beifan said, touched by her kindness.

“Are you eating well, though? You seem much thinner than before.”

“Your Majesty…”

Lin Beifan felt flattered and honored by the empress’s unusual attention. Why was she so concerned about his well-being? It made him feel a little embarrassed.

The other officials, on the other hand, looked at each other with annoyance. Could they please focus on some serious matters and avoid such petty and lovey-dovey chit-chat? This was the Golden Imperial Hall, after all, a place for discussing important issues of state!

However, they all remained silent, knowing better than to contradict the empress.

After a round of Q&A, Lin Beifan had answered all the questions perfectly, causing the empress’s dissatisfaction to grow. The whole point of her inquiries was to discover what she could do for him as a sign of gratitude for his contributions. However, he had claimed that he had met no challenges that required her intervention.

“What’s wrong with you, Minister Lin? You must have some issues. Tell me honestly, or else I’d charge you with deceiving Your Majesty!” the empress shouted.

Lin Beifan shook with fear, unsure of what to say. “Must I tell you, Your Majesty?”

“You must!”

Lin Beifan sighed. “Okay, I have one problem…”

“What problem? Spit it out!”

“I’m struggling to make ends meet! My salary is meager and the cost of living in the capital is exorbitant. I’m barely making it through,” Lin Beifan said, blushing with embarrassment.

The other officials at the Golden Imperial Hall rolled their eyes. Really? Is he now crying poverty?

Since you became an official, you have embezzled millions of taels! You even embezzled money from our sons, and you dare to cry poverty? What a shameless scoundrel!

However, the empress nodded in agreement. Lin Beifan did not have much background, and as a low-ranking official, his salary was limited. He had spread his ill-gotten gains around and also had to support his family in the expensive capital. It was indeed difficult for him.

Therefore, the empress said sympathetically, “You have truly worked hard, my dear minister! Let the Ministry of Revenue increase your salary to resolve your financial troubles! How about we give you the salary of a fourth-rank official?” Lin Beifan was dumbfounded.

“I haven’t done anything, and you’re already increasing my salary? What does this mean?”

The officials were also not calm. He hadn’t even worked a few days and this scoundrel was given a raise? And, he was suddenly made a fourth-rank official? It was too chaotic!

The Minister of Revenue was the first to stand up and said loudly, “Your Majesty, this is inappropriate! Since the founding of the Great Wu, the Ministry of Revenue established a rule that officials of different ranks must receive a salary at their respective rank levels. How can we maintain stability in the court if we do not follow the rules? We cannot break the law and violate the ancestors’ wishes. Please think twice, Your Majesty!”

“Think twice, Your Majesty!” the officials echoed.

Seeing this group of officials opposing her, the empress’s anger rose. “Okay, I won’t increase sir Lin’s salary! Then I will give him a reward of ten thousand taels of silver. Shouldn’t that be enough?”

The Minister of Revenue spoke again, “Your Majesty, a reward of silver comes from the national treasury and involves the state’s economy. We cannot use it rashly. Sir Lin has no merits, and a reckless reward would violate the law and reason. Please think twice, Your Majesty!”

“Think twice, Your Majesty!” the officials chanted again.

The empress was so angry that her chest heaved. She wanted to compensate the only honest official in her court, but why was it so difficult? You greedy officials! One day, I will execute you all!

“Fine, I won’t use the national treasury’s money. Is it okay to use my private money? It’s my money, and I can give it to whomever I want!” the empress said angrily.

“Your Majesty…”

“Don’t say it. My mind is made up!” The officials looked at the empress, who was not to be trifled with, and shook their heads in unison. They all thought the same thing: a foolish monarch!


I Am A Corrupt Official, Yet They Say I Am A Loyal Minister!

I Am A Corrupt Official, Yet They Say I Am A Loyal Minister!

我是贪官,她们却说我是忠臣!
Score 7.2
Status: Completed Type: Author: Released: 2021 Native Language: Chinese
In the dangerous world of high martial arts, Lin Beifan traversed and found himself bound to a corrupt official system. It seemed that the only way to become stronger was through corruption – a ridiculous notion, but one that he had to follow nonetheless. He found himself embezzling, accepting bribes, and using his power for personal gain, becoming a despised and hated corrupt official. Yet, secretly, he distributed his ill-gotten gains to the people, leaving nothing for himself. He carried the weight of his bad reputation while still trying to make the world a better place. The empress, who knew the truth, shed tears and said, “My dear, I’m sorry for the injustice done to you. Come to my palace tonight.” The intelligent and beautiful women who knew the truth declared, “No matter how the world sees you, we are willing to stand by your side, through thick and thin!” The martial women of the Jianghu who knew the truth vowed, “If they want to take down Lin, they’ll have to get through us first!” Others were left in shock, “He’s clearly a corrupt official, why are you all protecting him?”

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