Chapter 1 – Drinking Pesticides

    At the end of June in 1970, the summer heat was scorching at noon.
In the past, the members of Shanzui Village would be resting for a while, but today, they were all gathered in the yard of the brigade headquarters. 

    There was a sharp shrill from the crowd, “Tell him that if he doesn’t come back, [1] I will drink these pesticides and just let him collect my dead body!”

    “Oh my gosh, did she really drink it?”

    “The 1605 pesticide is very poisonous!”

    “Aiyo, mother! There’s a dead person! There’s a dead person!”

    The crowd screamed, and the crowd became chaotic.

    The captain yelled, “His wife is already dead, Doctor Chijiao!”

    The party secretary glared at him and said: “Go and send a telegram again.
This is urgent!”


    Headache, dizziness, and thirst.
These are Lin Lan’s biggest feelings about having a hangover.

    Last night she was in a bad mood and drank two more glasses.
She went back to her apartment and fell asleep.
The nightmare kept going all night and constantly heard the sounds of calls and the door slamming in her ears.

    Unexpectedly, when she woke up, there was another buzzing sound in my ears that disturbed her dreams.

    “Second brother, do you think Mother really drank pesticides and died?”

Keep it quiet.
Mother is acting to scare them.
She just wants Dad to come back home.
Let’s go cut grass.”

    Lin Lan tried her best to open her eyes, but her eyelids seemed to be stuck together by something, and she couldn’t open them.

    After a while, there was another harsh voice, “The Third Eldest [2] is in the army.
I’ve seen her taking care of her five children, spending the whole day on her kids.
She doesn’t even help us out.
If she doesn’t want to live, she can just go back to her maternal home.
No one even cares about her.
It’s not like she hung herself, she just drank some pesticides.
This is just showing that she dislikes this mother-in-law, wanting to let me die first.
Goodness, gracious! Never have I ever seen such a malicious daughter-in-law! You want to separate the family? Why don’t you just get a rope and choke me to death? Stop poking her.
Just go do whatever work you have to do.
Don’t try to be lazy!” 

    Then, there was the sound of the door slamming.

    What was this about drinking pesticides and separating the family?

    What a mess.

    Lin Lan had a splitting headache and almost exhausted all of her energy just to open her eyes.

    When she opened her eyes, she first saw the narrow and cramped room.
She didn’t see any windows, only a broken grass curtain hanging.
The walls and roof were black and smokey, and the corners of the room were covered with black ash.
There was an unpleasant smell mixed with various scents.
Lin Lan couldn’t tell whether it was animal feces or urine from the children as well as a moldy smell and some other kind of strange smell. 

    This kind of environment was bound to make people unhappy and irritated.

    Lin Lan suddenly thought, “Did I cross over and transmigrate?

    Lin Lan waited for a long time with her eyes closed, and then opened her eyes.
It was still the smoky yellow mud wall.

    At this moment, she was convinced that she had really crossed. 

    The reason for this conclusion is that some information that did not belong to her had appeared in her mind, as if she had read a book or a movie, and was deeply engraved in her mind.

    She was in the 1970s of ancient China, Province D, a small village in the north of China, Shanzui Village.

    The original owner has the same name as her.
Her maternal family was Lin Jia Village.
Her husband’s surname is Han, and her husband, Han Qingsong, is a soldier.
The two have five children.

    The original owner had never gone to school and only attended a literacy class for a few days.
She could not recognize more than fifty words.
Since she was a child, she had been strong and violent.
Her temper was not very good.
She was ignorant and not cultured.
When she encountered problems, she wouldn’t calmly think of a solution.
The most common method she used was making a fuss so when she went to her mother’s house, she was not welcome.

    She was married to Han Qingsong at the age of 16.
He was not at home all the time.
She was suppressed by her mother-in-law and her sisters-in-law.
She couldn’t think of a way to resolve conflicts and to ease the relationship.

    Han Qingsong served as a soldier at the age of 17.
After more than ten years of hard work, he is now a company commander.

    His future was promising.

    Because of this, the original owner was not at ease, always suspecting that he looked down on her and wanted to climb higher to have a better future. 

    This was why she kept making a fuss to make him go home to live so he wouldn’t be hooked by those educated, young, and beautiful foxes outside.

    The reason why she drank the pesticides this time was because the original owner had heard some people discussing the news a demobilized soldier had brought back—Han Qingsong had someone outside, and she was the daughter of a certain commander!

    Han Qingsong definitely wanted to talk with her about his desire to divorce her! This had become the last straw that crushed the camel.
The original owner ran to the commune to telegraph the troops again and again.
He had to change his job and go home.
If he didn’t go home, she would just die! And she would bring all five of their children to go die together.

    This matter was known by her mother-in-law, and she naturally disagreed.
The good future of her son was the glory and financial support of the old Han family.
If her son was brought back, wouldn’t that be like going back to the liberation overnight? [3]

    This absol

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