“This is probably not appropriate,” the old man said, shaking his head in refusal. “Life is long and full of mysteries. How can one comprehend them all in a few words? Besides, what I say can’t be verified in a short time.”
Jiang Chu silently smiled.
This latter part was the key, it couldn’t be verified, so he wouldn’t be able to get the money.
She looked up at the sky.
It was still morning, bright and comfortable.
It seemed like a beautiful day.
“Then let it be so. You predict today’s weather, and if you’re right, I’ll give you this silver tomorrow. Oh, I’ll be out of town tomorrow, so if not tomorrow, then within three days,” Jiang Chu pointed to the silver on the table.
The fortune-teller looked at the money a bit longer, stroked his beard, and nodded, “That will be acceptable, let me divine.”
Jiang Chu made a gesture of invitation.
The old man picked up some objects, shook them, and put on a full show.
Jiang Chu was silent during the process, quietly watching him perform.
But, one thing to note, the old man’s skin was in good condition, rosy and shiny.
“Young lady, today’s weather is clear and beautiful,” the old man finally concluded.
Yuxiao City only had frequent rain in the spring. It was autumn now, and the weather had been clear lately, so it was no wonder the old man had come to this conclusion.
“Alright, if today is sunny and does not change, I will give you the silver as promised when I return,” Jiang Chu said.
The old man smiled slightly, “I will wait for you here, young lady.”
He seems quite sure?
Jiang Chu chuckled, “I find divination quite interesting now, why don’t I try it too?”
The old man was taken aback, looked at Jiang Chu for a moment, and then shook his head, laughing, “If the young lady wishes to try, there is no harm.”
“Then I will also predict today’s weather and see if you or I am right.”
Jiang Chu mimicked the old man’s gestures, meditated for a moment, and then laughed, “You say it will be clear, but I say it will be overcast, and not just overcast, but accompanied by strong winds.”
The old man couldn’t help but laugh and pointed at the sky, “Young lady, look, it is clearly a sunny day.”
“Clouds and sunshine are unpredictable; how do you know there won’t be a sudden change?” Jiang Chu smiled self-mockingly.
The old man looked at her, thought of something, and fell silent.
“If you don’t believe me, then like me, if you’re right, I’ll give you silver as a divination fee, if I’m right, then you give me silver, consider it tuition. Dare you?” Jiang Chu played with the silver, looking at him sideways.
The old man hesitated.
“Since you have recognized me, you should know that I will keep my word. What’s the matter, Master, do you not trust yourself, or do you not trust me, thinking I will steal this silver?” Jiang Chu sneered coldly.
She was angry.
Upon first seeing this so-called master, she knew that this person was simply a swindler who used the name of divination to deceive others.
The so-called divination mainly involves predicting a person’s recent ups and downs, often within a few days. A slightly more skilled person can see what major events will happen in the next month or two. An even more skilled master can see further, such as half a year.
This is because a person’s luck can change at any time, and sometimes a small event can subtly change the final outcome.
For example, someone meets a person of higher status today, and that person benefits him and promises to help him, making him rich and prosperous.
This person consulted a Divination Master, and the Divination Master saw his recent fortune and said he would soon enjoy wealth and live comfortably.
The person was very happy, and everything went smoothly for a month, so he indulged in pleasure, but he died suddenly because of excessive indulgence.
The Divination Master’s words were correct, and he did become rich, but many people would think that the Divination Master was not accurate and did not predict this person’s death.
However, the Divination Master may only be able to predict the situation within a month. To know what will happen after a month, he must consult again, and perhaps the Divination Master will see new signs.
Some can predict over a year, but that often requires very clear fortune, and the Divination Master’s level must be very high.
But this old man told the first customer to wait two months, and the opportunity will come. What he said to the second person was even more exaggerated, directly saying half a year or a year.
This made it very clear that he was either a real master hidden from the public or a fraud.
However, Jiang Chu thought that this old man was wise and experienced, but his so-called divination was just a superficial understanding of the art, learned to appear impressive, and his conclusions were all based on a combination of the person’s background, age, appearance, emotions, etc.
He was simply a swindler disguised as a sage!
So Jiang Chu used the weather to finally test him, and then, whether a master or a swindler, it was directly exposed without doubt.
Actually, Jiang Chu was not angry about this person’s fraud, but that he was ruining the reputation of Divination Masters!
Some industries have a notorious reputation because of a few black sheep! The world of divination is already in decline, but there are still people who keep dragging it down, how could Jiang Chu not be angry!
However, the old man was not entirely bad. He seemed to be deceiving and comforting the previous customer, but he was actually encouraging him to follow the right path, and he didn’t overcharge, so Jiang Chu decided not to directly confront him but only intended to make him lose some money as a lesson.
The old man didn’t know that Jiang Chu was angry because he was using the name of divination to deceive for money and fame; he thought she was just angry that he hadn’t agreed yet.
“Alright, as you said,” the old man agreed with a nod.
He indeed recognized Jiang Chu; he knew her the moment he saw her.
If you want to make a living in Yuxiao City, you must understand the situation of every family, although it’s exaggerated to know everyone, you must recognize those who stand out.
The rich, the powerful, the bullies, the thieves, the rascals, the ruthless. . . . . .
Only by recognizing them can you treat them properly, speak to their hearts, and make money from them.
Like the rascal earlier, he was a well-known idler in the city, living off his father’s inheritance and turning to petty theft after squandering it within a year.
Who would want to marry him? Which family in the city would marry their daughter to him?
Even widows would find him disgusting!
“Okay, then it’s settled.”
Jiang Chu collected the silver on the table and stood up. “If the strong wind blows today, and you don’t admit it, either you leave Yuxiao City yourself, or wait for me to send someone to overturn your stall.”
After speaking, she turned and left.
“Jiang Family’s Young Miss.. . . . . .still as overbearing as ever.”
The old man watched her leaving figure, shaking his head, and poured himself a cup of cold tea to drink slowly.
(End of Chapter)