Fangirling Chinese Novels

Silent Separation (何以笙箫默) – Gu Man (Chapter 10.1)



Peanuts: To celebrate my last day at work before going on a one month holidays as well as to celebrate Wallace Chung accepting the role of Yi Chen, I’ve posted the translation today. Actually I wanted to put the book on hiatus until I come back from my holiday because I really don’t have time to edit.  Although lidge has  done a good job with the translation, there is still a fair bit of editing because some things have been lost in translation as lidge can only read Viet. It is not a big deal but since my Wallace is going to be Yi Chen now, the translation must be as close as possible to the Chinese novel:P Thus, I am working very hard on it so all of you better support me and Wallace for our hard work, LOL. The update schedule for the next four weeks will be erratic.

At last, we have a very important character making his appearance in this chapter and I bet all of you can guess who he is:) I will tell you a secret which is the pronunciation of his name and my name is similar:( But the characters are written differently in Chinese. Don’t ask me but ask my dad and Gu Man why this is the case. However, I am proud to say my name is more meaningful than his one, lol. Read on to find out who has arrived………..

Chapter 10.1: No Escape (translated by lidge and edited by peanuts) 

Episode 16: OR

Episode 17: OR

9.07: Newlywed lawyer He Yi Chen was busier than before he married. He had not finished his current cases but has also accepted a difficult new case as a favour. Due to handling several cases at the same time, he has to work until late at night every day. Mo Sheng was usually already asleep, when the lights were still on in Yi Chen’s study.

Even so, Mo Sheng still felt very happy. When Yi Chen was busy with his work, she would find things to do, such as cleaning this and organizing that. She looked into the study from time to time, always seeing Yi Chen surrounded by paperwork.

Living together, Mo Sheng could truly understand Yi Chen’s diligence now. People saw him as young and successful, making them envious. But, no one knew the mental and physical efforts behind his halo. A person without background connections, it was very difficult for him to strive for his current achievements. In his most difficult time, she was not by his side……

When Yi Chen walked out of the study with an empty cup, he saw Mo Sheng hugging her knees and sitting on the sofa. She was holding a cookbook and looking lost in thought, not knowing what she was thinking.

It was after one o’clock in the afternoon on a Sunday. Yi Chen had been busy all morning in the study, having hastily eaten lunch then returned to work.

10.15: When Mo Sheng saw him, she immediately put down the book in her hand and stood up from the sofa: “Let me.” She disappeared happily into the kitchen with his empty cup.

Yi Chen looked at his empty hand and suddenly felt time has gone backwards. It seemed as if they had returned to the past, when they were still at university. He was busy with his studies, working and participating in the student council. Mo Sheng was slotted in between his many activities. It may seem as if Mo Sheng was holding tightly onto him, but in reality, he did not have much time for her.

Now, the same thing was happening again.

Yi Chen returned to his study and looked at the calendar. Today was November 15th, the centennial anniversary of the university. The law firm made a sizable donation to the Law Faculty in C University. Lao Yuan had accepted the invitation to represent the firm in the donation ceremony. Thus, he continuously encouraged Yi Chen and Xiang Heng to go to the celebration. Yi Chen is not fond of noisy places, and moreover with the heavy workload but he was hesitant now.

11.10: Mo Sheng carried the hot tea cup into the study. Yi Chen pulled her into his embrace: “Are you busy in the afternoon?”

“Why? Do we have to go somewhere?” Mo Sheng’s eyes lit up and asked excitedly.

The expectation in Mo Sheng’s eyes erased Yi Chen’s hesitant.

Yi Chen turned off the computer: “Yes, today is the university’s centennial celebration. Do you want to go?”


11.31: Of course Mo Sheng wanted to go because the centennial celebration would be lively.

0.31: When Yi Chen and Mo Sheng arrived at the university, there were too many people so it was impossible to drive the car into the campus. Hence, Yi Chen had to park far away, then walked with Mo Sheng to the university.

“Wait.” Halfway there, Mo Sheng stopped and pointed at the roadside stalls selling T shirt printed with “C University” on the front, “Yi Chen, we change into these, okay?”

Yi Chen frowned because he felt weird wearing that, but Mo Sheng grabbed his hand and refused to leave. He has no option but said reluctantly: “You go and buy la.”

They had left the house in a rush so Mo Sheng did not bring her purse. She took some money from Yi Chen’s wallet and squeeze into the crowd. A while later she emerged from the crowd holding two T-shirts and looking triumphant.

Today, both of them were wearing light sweaters. Mo Sheng put on the T-shirt on top of her loose sweater, appearing fat and strange. In contrast, Yi Chen who was wearing it the same way appeared handsome and tall, thereby attracting the constant attention of some women walking by.


It was like that in the past, Yi Chen was the focus of all the attention on campus wherever he went. However, he always looked indifferent, seemingly having no feeling at all facing those gazes.  Mo Sheng pulled on his sleeve: “Yi Chen, can’t you feel someone is looking at you ah?”

Yi Chen glanced at her: “Don’t look around when walking.”


1.46: Mo Sheng did not say anything further. Of all the people who are clueless about being sensitive, this person would probably make the top of the list.

While walking into the university gate in the midst of the crowd, Yi Chen received a phone call from Xiang Heng: “Are you at home or at the office? Come here quickly because a lot of our classmates are here today. Su Min said if you don’t come, she’ll personally go and drag you here.”

Su Min had been president of the Faculty of Law student council before Yi Chen took over. She stayed on at the university as a lecturer after graduating. She and Yi Chen used to often work together.

“I am at the north gate, where are you guys?”

“Oh, you are here? That’s great, we’re at the new building, so come here quickly.”

Yi Chen put away his mobile phone and said to Mo Sheng: “Go with me to the Faculty of Law first, then we’ll go to your faculty to take a look.”

“Oh? Your faculty…… I’m not going.” Mo Sheng hesitated for a moment before saying.

“Why?” Yi Chen was immediately suspicious. He nearly forgot there was always something going wrong when he was with this person. Even though, so many years had passed, Yi Chen found out he was still conditioned to act reflexively around her.

“There are too many people in your faculty……” Mo Sheng said quietly. Yi Chen used to be a popular figure in the Faculty of Law, so many people knew about him. Thus, many people probably also knew about their tumultuous relationship in the past. Mo Sheng really did not want to deal with those questioning looks.

“You better go alone. Moreover, I want to take some photos. I will have more inspirations doing it alone……”

Then what would be the point of him coming here? Yi Chen felt a little frustrated and pulled Mo Sheng who was ready to take flight: “You don’t have money or your phone, so how can you find me later? How can you get home later?”

Seeing Mo Sheng blushing in shame, Yi Chen knew she had not thought of these things. Sometimes, he felt like he was raising a child. He heaved a sigh and said: “It’s better if our child takes after me.”

Why talked about the distant future? Mo Sheng held out her hand and muttered: “Give me the money!”

Yi Chen only gave his phone to her: “I’ll call you later,  don’t go too far away. Call Xiang Heng’s phone if you need me.”

“I really don’t know what you’re worried about.” Yi Chen fixed her hair, which was messed up by the wind. How could he not know what Mo Sheng was thinking? Nevertheless, he let her do what she wanted because this matter was not important.


3.04: “The great lawyer He, you’re famous now, so starting to act arrogant.” Yi Chen has just arrived at the Faculty of Law new building and Su Min playfully teased him right away.

YI Chen knew this senior classmate’s temperament well. If he said something back she would tease more so Yi Chen kept quiet. Su Min continued her teasing but seeing that her target did not say anything, she stopped.

Xiang Heng kept on staring at Yi Chen’s clothes: “When did you’ve such good taste?”

Yi Chen looked down at himself, four eye-catching big red words “XX University” were printed on the T-shirt. Indeed, he looked silly. He smiled, took off the T-shirt and held it in his hand.

Xiang Heng immediately understood: “Why isn’t your family here?”

“Who knows where she has run off to.” Yi Chen said helplessly.

While they were chatting, many friends came over to say hello. Su Min used the opportunity to pull Lao Yuan aside: “Does He Yi Chen have a girlfriend?”

Lao Yuan stroked his chin and replied confidently: “No.” A wife is not considered as a girlfriend. He made a very clear distinction of this.

“Why is it still the same? He is still dead set on waiting for her?” Su Min knew well about Yi Chen’s past and disapproved somewhat with his waiting, “It’s good if he doesn’t have a girlfriend. There is a new young female teacher in our faculty, who looks very pretty, well-educated and from a good family background. When it’s time to have our meal, I’ll call her over and introduce them. Later, you must not say anything ah!”

Of course, Lao Yuan will happily not say anything.

Yi Chen initially planned to say hello and then leave. but he could not get away now. First, he went with them to visit a few professors. Then, there was an alumna forum. When they walked out of the building, it was nearly five o’clock. Lao Yuan greeted a few friends and said: “I’ve already made a reservation at Bin Jiang to dine together.”

Bin Jiang Hotel is the only five-star hotel near the university. It appeared Lao Yuan was prepared to spend some money this time.

Yi Chen borrowed his phone to call Mo Sheng.

4.44: Actually, Mo Sheng did not plan to take any pictures. She only took along her camera out of habit.

Yi Chen has gone to the Faculty of Law, so Mo Sheng was also going to her faculty. Back then, Mo Sheng’s university entrance exam scores barely qualified for C University so she was put in the unpopular School of Chemistry. Unfortunately, chemistry was her worse subject. She managed to just scrape through with a narrow pass in her first year at university, probably because of Yi Chen’s tutoring.

Mo Sheng was only at the School of Chemistry for slightly more than a year only. Most of her self-study time was spent at the Law Faculty so she did not know many people in her faculty. She walked around the School of Chemistry but did not run into any acquaintance.

After walking out of the School of Chemistry, she took two pictures of the scenery but her interest was a little dry.

Her hand accidentally touched the phone in her pocket. She could not help but think of Yi Chen. She wondered what he was doing at the Faculty of Law……

Recently, Yi Chen and her…… seemed to get along better all of a sudden, especially after she came back from Hong Kong.

Mo Sheng was happy with the current state of their relationship but there were times she felt uneasy.

She did not quite understand Yi Chen’s thinking. Actually, it had always been like this, as she always could not fathom out Yi Chen’s thoughts. Could there be a day where everything would change back to before?

Mo Sheng did not want to think anymore. She kicked the mud on the ground, telling herself: “Since you can’t understand, then it is best to be simple-minded.”

6,08: Today, there was unprecedented excitement in C University. People were everywhere, from current young students to former old students. It was hard to imagine the countless number of students who graduated from this university.

Maybe because Mo Sheng was wearing a T-shirt with C University’s name printed on it, from time to time people came up and asked her for direction. Relying on her hazy memory, Mo Sheng gave directions to each of them.

After walking a few steps, she was once again stopped by a young man in a suit.

“Student, do you know where Ying Hui would give his speech?”

Lost in thoughts, Mo Sheng was frightened back into reality by what she heard.  She was stunned, doubting if she has heard wrongly.

Ying Hui?

“Who did you say?” Mo Sheng asked blankly.

“Ying Hui ah, China’s internet miracle, President of SOSO search site. Where is he giving his speech?”

The young man looked at her anxiously. Seeing her dazed look, he immediately turned away and asked another student: “Student, do you know where Ying Hui would give his speech?”

“In Auditorium 1 but why are you going now? His speech is from 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock. It has already started, so you certainly won’t be able to get in.” Having said that, the female student still gave direction.

The young man thanked her hastily and hurriedly ran to Auditorium 1.

Mo Sheng stood still, taking a while before she fully processed what she heard.

Ying Hui.

He had returned.

He was at C University now.

7.28: Auditorium 1, which could accommodate about a thousand people, was already full. Even the doorway was crowded with people. Fortunately the university already thought of this so an electronic big screen was set up outside the auditorium to broadcast the speech live.

Mo Sheng stood in the crowd and looked up at the confident man on the screen. He has a broad forehead signifying intelligence, a pair of thick eyebrow that characterize his firm and persistence nature, sharp like knife facial features that lack gentleness, a penetrating pair of eyes which had experienced a lot yet remained calm and he appeared stern to seem like someone who is difficult to get close to.

That was Ying Hui.

The upstart in the internet world, who built his business up from nothing at Silicon Valley.

The new technology tycoon who was worth several billions of American dollars.

Her ex-husband in name…… maybe also in reality.

8.13: The topic Ying Hui talked about was very common and done by many before. It was “China’s IT Industry Development and Future,”. However, his perspective was unique, his analysis powerful and his unusual position made his speech stood out from the masses. Because of his background in science and engineering, Ying Hui places great emphasis on facts. According to his speech, the future of IT was not described as some imaginary future plans. Rather it was established on feasible and logical basis. As a result, his speech was very convincing. His legendary personal life experiences and struggles further moved all the students who were listening emotionally. He also looked very handsome, specifically the type full of strength and firmness. Therefore, the applause from the audience were surprisingly mixed with shrieks from the female students.

Outside the auditorium, the girls standing near Mo Sheng were excited about Ying Hui’s elegant manner and charisma.

“Wow, he is so handsome ah. I am willing to admit it even if he is a little bit old.”

“Come on! Who said he is old? He is only 34 years old, still young and vigorous.”

“If I have a husband this talented, this successful, this handsome, I will die happily.”

“Forget it, someone like this, you have to marry him before he becomes successful la. It is too late now.”

“Hey, did you know? When Ying Hui was still studying in our university, his girlfriend was the most beautiful girl in our faculty at that time.”

This sentence immediately attracted the attention of everyone around who were listening attentively to the speech.

9.39: “What is your faculty?” A young man asked.

“Foreign Languages.”

“What happened? Are they still together?”

“I heard this from other people so it might not be true.” The girl emphasized this before starting to say: “I heard when he was studying at the university, Ying Hui was very poor because he comes from a rural area. However, he was admitted to the School of Mathematics because of good grades and was very famous. Later, he dated the most beautiful girl publicly known in our faculty at that time. It is said that their love relationship was very good. Unfortunately after graduation, in order to stay on at the university, she married the son of the School Head.  Whereas Ying Hui gave up a job offer from a domestic research institute and went abroad to further his study.”

“Oh, the School Head’s daughter-in-law. Is she the one teaching us British History?  Isn’t she recently divorced?”

“Gosh, really? Do you think she is feeling very regretful now?”

“Who knows!” The girl shrugged, “A professor’s assistant talked about these matters during a dinner we treated him after our dormitory got a scholarship last time. The degree of credibility is very high.”

10.34: The chattering and discussion were still continuing with enthusiasm. The past and privacy of famous people have always been a topic of interest to the public.

46 thoughts on “Silent Separation (何以笙箫默) – Gu Man (Chapter 10.1)

  1. Does this mean a new competitor is coming? I wonder how would Yi Chen act if he knows about Ying Hui.

  2. Thank you, cant wait for next chapter 🙂
    Happy holiday peanuts

  3. I am obsessed with this story right now — I have not stop talking about it to my friends and families. I check this site at least twice a day, Monday through Friday, to see if there are any new posts. I tried to look for this story, in books and online; but unfortunately, I cannot find anything. I found the book, but it is written in Chinese, which I cannot read.

    And with the drama/movie coming out, I really hope they have at least the English subtitles so I can read along! That would be so awesome!! ^.^ !!

    And I think Wallace Chung is the PERFECT choice to play He Yi Chen!

    But all in all, thank you so much Peanuts and Lidge for translating for the audiences who cannot read Chinese or cannot obtain it any other way. Thank you, thank you, so much!

    I am SO looking forward for more chapters!

    – Mish

    • Thank you for supporting the story & WC:) We feel happy sharing something we like. I think viki will probably sub the drama. If not, I’ll do it without lidge bcos she doesn’t understand Chinese, lol.

  4. wow!! so nice… Mo Sheng can get any successful man 😀 and thanks again

  5. I can’t stop smiling! I’m so excited about WC playing Yi Chen! Considering I’m the biggest fan of both of them 🙂

    Can’t wait until the drama drops!

    A big fat thanks again to Peanut and Lidge for their amazing dedication to this project!

  6. Omg! I’m so excited and happy to hear that WC is taking on the role of Yi Chen. He would have been first on my list even if he wasn’t cast. I just hope they find a good dubber for his voice. *dreamy sigh*

    And finally, the appearance of Ying Hui, ahahaha been waiting for quite a bit. And despite being a Yi Chen Fan, I actually rather like Ying Hui, too; he’s an all-around nice guy and I feel would have been a good match for Mo Sheng if Yi Chen wasn’t around.

    • Ahahaha, another one on team WC:P Yes, a good dubber bcos I get goosebumps listening to uncle’s voice lol.

      Maybe bcos we share the same name so I don’t really like YC. Don’t feel much for him except as soya sauce lol. I got lidge to translate the last few chapters bcos of him, haha….

  7. Thanks lidge and peanuts:)

    • for peanus have nice holiday 🙂 and for lidge looking forward for next chapter and by the way i ask in ssb abt one of your c.novel hope you can check thanks:) (hanny)

      • Peanuts so who became YH? they not tell yet?

      • Why you changed your name? Lidge said she won’t do anything for stranger lol.

        • huahaha Lidge its me lol , i will sent you choco from here lol. Yesterday i tried 3 times with all yahoo address not working . only working use my hotmail. so i change my name to cat ( kissa) haha , hey peanuts but seem few links ebook not working anymore what’s wrong?

          • In the process of being censor so not working. Next time, copy the book name into google & type 91babymama to find alternate site.

        • but if ebook maybe the link come from you peanuts? i check paper rose if im not wrong the tittle , but if you busy its ok ,i will try google translate from vietnam link

        • ok thanks peanuts 🙂 have you finished packing ,haha i always packing 3 months before go , because already happy want go home so packing before time ………but before go packing again lol. So this month no Yi Chen and Lu Jun right?

          • Not yet packed:( Sometime got YC but LJ is also on holi till July:P

            Changed the link for paper rose. In future, type 91babymama into google & paste the title, so you can find an alternate site. Dun ask lidge bcos she can’t read Chinese.

  8. Some vague spoilers below!!!

    Sigh. I agree; Ying Hui is such a nice guy. If Mo Sheng had met him first, she might have fallen in love with him. Some think Ying Hui is not as loyal in love like Yi Chen because Ying Hui moved on from his broken relationship with his first love. But I feel differently and think Ying Hui can be just as faithful with the right person. For some people like Yi Chen, a first love is forever etched into the heart, beautiful and incomparable even with its flaws. But for some people like Ying Hui, the first love is just a trial, memorable but not the ever-after type. Rather this first relationship is educational and allows him to figure out what he truly wants in a lifelong partner, so that when the right person comes along, he will know it in his heart. I think I will always have a soft spot for Ying Hui because Mo Sheng never even realized how much he loved her. If he was less of a gentleman, he could have selfishly kept her by his side and used his full charms to woo her. If he was more selfish, he would not have met with Yi Chen. But he didn’t act selfishly, because he cared about what Mo Sheng wanted, not just what he wanted. And for that, he will always be in my heart. Poor guy. Sigh again.

    • You’ve 2nd lead syndrome:P Bongsd told someone who I don’t know maybe Ying Hui but nothing is confirmed until the booting ceremony. Actually WC is not officially confirmed but nearly every site and ppl in baidu also said he is YC.

  9. Wallace Chung not confirmed? 😦

    • Not officially confirmed with a formal statement but it is already everywhere online. If this is not true, WC’s manager would have issued a denial. They probably will only make a formal announcement during the booting ceremony. Anyway hopefully we don’t get a shock during the booting ceremony lol. FYI, Gu Man’s only fav actor is WC. Great minds think alike, lol.

      Oh no, not absolute sure now. An entertainment site said they are just using WC’s name for promo & the real male lead is an unknown. He is not a newbie but has been a supporting actor so I don’t know who he is. Apparently Ruby thinks he has great potential to be a leading actor. I am uncertain now:( Just wait for the confirmation & hopefully I don’t need to edit my post:(

      • Awwww! That is horribly misleading of companies to use one actor as promotion purposes and then suddenly substitute with another guy! It’s like showing one girl during the match-making meeting and then giving the groom a very unpleasant shock when he uncovers the red veil on the wedding night when he discovers that the bride has been switched. 😦 Hope they confirm soon.

        • The coy did not exactly say WC will be YC. But dropped hints. Maybe it is part of their marketing tactic to drum up interest and attract discussion and attention. Wait and see. I am on holidays now so may be outdated but my assistant will keep me informed haha….

          If you trust my Chinese, I think WC and the director have confirmed this a few hrs ago when I touched down in asia, lol. He is the same director as Shan Shan and is called the god father of idol drama. He is the director of the frog who turned into a prince that drama with Ming Dao and said he hopes to make another unforgettable idol drama.

          WC camp said he has many offers but is doing this as a fan favour and hopefully can do yi chen’s fame justice. Fr the sound of it this will be his last idol drama before he hits middle age and concentrates on film and serious roles.

        • Wallace and his director confirmed this? Cool! I think I would have been happy with Wallace playing Ying Hui or Yi Chen since I think both guys are awesome, but since Yi Chen has more screen time and obviously gets the girl, then of course, I want him to be Yi Chen. 🙂 Yay! I’m so happy! By the way, what is wrong with the role of Yi Chen? Why is it not considered serious? I am so behind on my Wallace news. So he is now going to appear in movies for the big screen? Which movies and what roles is he playing?

  10. How is she getting all these guys?

    • By attracting them before they become successful:)

    • Maybe Mo Sheng has that X factor that attracts men who are destined to be successful. I still am convinced that she is very pretty, despite people in the story pointing out that there are prettier girls. There will always be someone considered “prettier” by someone out there, as beauty is subjective. But I think she must be very easy on the eyes, as men are ultimately visual creatures. Even women are! We prefer handsome men compared to ugly ones. Besides, ultimately, it is the complete package that sells. For Yi Chen, Mo Sheng’s vibrancy and vivacious nature attracted his attention. For Ying Hui, it was probably her kindness and gentleness and her unwavering loyalty in love.

    • By being in the right place at the right time! 😀

  11. I heard about Tiffany & WC’s casting today and went striaght to read this novel. I finished it all in one reading. I’m now hooked on this story and can’t wait for the live adaptation. super thanks for translating!!!!! You gals rock!!!

  12. I don’t know why but I keep rereading this story! I guess this is why this novel is so popular, one is drawn in. It leaves a lasting impression. I think the translation work was done excellently. Thank you, Peanuts! Now I’m really hooked in reading Chinese love stories, the modern ones. I started with Boss & Me which I found cute and hilarious, read your translation of Come & Eat Shan Shan and now this! Please keep on with your translations. You’re doing a great service to romantics and non-romantics who love to read! God bless you and your partners!!!

    • I can’t believe you like this book so much. When I read it, I felt ok only but when I started translating, I found it deeper & more meaningful. The plot is nothing to shout abt but the way the author wrote it, makes it interesting & addictive especially with her choice of words & sentences. I was quite stressed when I was translating it as I was afraid, too much will be lost in translation. Moreover many who are reading it have read the Chinese or Viet version so I can’t make any error. Luckily everything turned out ok.

  13. Oh, I like this story so much because it brings back memories of my crush during my college days at UPLB, who told a friend I was too childish for him. Juju… And memories of my loves in college… Now, if only this story was written while I was in high school. I would have known what to do! Perhaps, I would have had a more colorful love life. Lol!

  14. Haha! I wish!

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  16. 你好,请问一下能否让我登上顾漫吧?

    • 你好。谢谢你对我们《何以笙箫默》英文翻译的欣赏。大家都是顾漫粉,所以我也很理解你想将这个翻译版带给多一些粉丝看。其实,我们没有将这个英文翻译放上贴吧或其他能在中国阅读的网站,原因是有几个。

  17. I’ve been reading this novel in vietnamese so many times and I was a little confused about the relationship between UH and MS. After reading the previous chapter and this chapter, specifically when MS said that UH was her ex husband in paper and maybe also in reality. I wonder as if there was sexual relationship between them??? If yes I feel bad for YC, but if not how can a smart guy like that didn’t know that MS still kept her virginity until he has a conversation with UH.IN FACT I hope it was not. Praying!!!! I love the way you translated it. Thank you all so much for your hard work and effort.

  18. I really like this novel, as much as the drama and the movie. It’s sad to know that in this novel the same as the film, Xio Mei only appears once, I really liked her character in the drama.

    Anyway, thanks again for the translation, I really appreciate your work.

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