Anyway, their underwear was clean as they had always washed it properly.

“Silk is too extravagant! Right, Caitlyn?”

“Uh-huh, Catherine! Silk is too extravagant!”

The twins also added that underwear must be made of cotton.

The siblings suddenly remembered that even though Rose was delighted when she had asked for silk nightwear, she seemed to have refused silk underwear.

“Um, luxury means seeking more than necessary, right? Now that cotton is unobtainable, isn’t asking for cotton underwear more of a luxury than using the available silk underwear? I think switching to alternatives is much better than bottling up your frustration and being all depressed and irritated because you can’t make new underwear…” Emma put forward her sincere opinion.

Being former Japanese & country folk, the siblings didn’t feel much attachment towards the religion and thus couldn’t comprehend their friends’ fixation with cotton.

First and foremost, it was too much of a mystery that they had been talking about underpants with a dead-serious face since earlier, and no one seemed to think of it as strange.

Frankly speaking, for the Church originating from the Empire, the world’s largest cotton producer, to incorporate the practice of making new cotton underwear after the social season, when most Imperial merchants visited with heaps of cotton, into its doctrine… Was it really only Emma who had noticed the obvious?

Even after Emma had expressed reasonable views on this matter, her friends shook their heads, saying, “But it has to be cotton after all…”

They seemed reluctant to disobey the teaching they’d received since childhood.

Seeing them like this, the siblings couldn’t help but think, ‘For them to be this obstinate… aren’t they already brainwashed?’ 

If most of the Kingdom’s nobles felt the same way as their friends, the price of cotton would most likely rise rapidly, and in reverse, the value of silk might fall.

“Huh? Doesn’t this mean that our House Stuart… is in a crisis?”


Translator’s words: I’ve recently started reading the comments in the original raw site and some of them are pretty interesting.
The author’s illustrative replies are also quite fun to read on their own.

Which is why we will have our first… 


Readers’ Corner!

Reader A’s comment

“If they have no cotton, let them wear silk.” -Emma Antoinette

(Btw, Marie-san didn’t actually say, “let them eat cake.”)

Author’s reply

I was really thinking about that when I was writing!

Marie Antoinette had a hard life in other people’s stead.

If Emma is like that… If Emma turns out like that, I’m nervous about what’s going to happen!

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