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Silent Separation (何以笙箫默) – Gu Man (Epilogue 1.3)



This post concludes Yi Mei’s epilogue. I know many of you don’t really like her or sympathize with her but I feel she is not that bad. She has a deep crush on Yi Chen for so many years so of course you can’t expect her to welcome Mo Sheng with open arms. Ultimately, she realized from the beginning to the end, it has been her one-sided crush, her flower bloomed and withered without Yi Chen even knowing about it. She chose to let go and not pester Yi Chen like some annoying second female leads so finally she also found her own happiness.

A big thank you and hugs to Chewywonbin for making so many beautiful banners for this novel. The featured picture for this post is one of the many pretty banners made by her. For those who can understand Mandarin, I’ll recommend you to listen to the radio drama for this epilogue. It differs slightly from the novel but it is very well-made. The voice for Yi Chen is one of my favorite CV artist (peanuts in fangirling mode, lol).

Epilogue 1.3: Yi Mei’s Chapter – A Person’s Flower Bloomed (translated by peanuts & edited by lidge)

That day, I felt restless and went to C University to look for him.

C University had an unwritten rule, which is “Guys can’t go into the girls’ dormitory, but girls can go into the boys’ dormitory”. Therefore, there was nothing to hinder me from going to Yi Chen’s dormitory.

Yi Chen was not there.

Yi Chen’s roommate knew me long ago, so the first thing he asked me was whether I was aware that Zhao Mo Sheng had left.

I was taken aback.

Before Yi Chen came back, his roommate had already told me everything he knew. In the end, he wanted me to console Yi Chen by saying that kind of heartless girl was unworthy for him to remember fondly.

After that, I did not pay attention to what he said. I envisaged a lot of scenarios, but I did not expect Zhao Mo Sheng would just leave. I kept wondering in my mind how she could simply go away? Was it really like what they said that in order to go abroad, she left without a word? Or it was because of what I said? Also, did she mention to Yi Chen what I said?

When I was feeling restless, Yi Chen came back from the law faculty. He appeared okay but seemed a bit haggard, gloominess appeared between his eyebrows and his eyes looked dark.

I stood up.

“Yi Mei.” He called me faintly.

“Ah, I, I come ……” I did not know what to say, for a split second even a little panic. If Zhao Mo Sheng left because of what I said, I did not know what he’ll think.

He did not seem to notice my acting strange. Like before, he asked me what was the matter. I shook my head.

He did not say much, merely asked me to have lunch together.

We went to the cafeteria to have our meal.

If we didn’t go to the small restaurant outside, the cafeteria was the place we most frequently went. It was because Zhao Mo Sheng liked the very sugary, sweet and sour pork ribs prepared by the chef here. Every time, she also wanted to come early to queue up for fear of it selling out. The chef here probably knew her as he always gave her more than others. When she could not finish, she would use chopsticks to give one by one to Yi Chen. In fact, he was not fond of eating sweet stuff, but it seemed like he never declined.

While we were eating, Yi Chen was very quiet. Since he did not speak up, I also dared not say much. After finishing our meal and on our way out of the cafeteria, he said to me: “I’ll go to N University with you.”

The moment he said those words, I felt pleasantly surprised. However, his next sentence immediately wiped them away.

“Is Mo Sheng’s library card with you?”

“What ……” I said in a daze.

“Last time, she used her library card to help you to borrow that book “Money and Banking.” The library card was conveniently slipped inside the book.” He repeatedly mentioned her, but his facial expression was very ordinary all along and his manner of speaking  was also quite stable.

“Oh.” I replied blankly.

We walked all the way to N University. The road was exceptionally quiet today. Yi Chen had always been a man of few words. Previously, the atmosphere was lively because Zhao Mo Sheng kept on chattering with him all the way.

When we arrived at my university, he waited for me downstairs while I ran upstairs.

Before I’ve to write a thesis on Money and Banking subject, but the books for this subject matter in N University were very old. Therefore, I asked Yi Chen to help me to borrow from C University’s library. Yi Chen’s library card quota was full, so he used Zhao Mo Sheng’s library card.

I climbed onto my bed to take out the book and flip through it. The library card was really inside, caught in the back section of the book which I did not notice before.

In the photo, Zhao Mo Sheng had a ponytail, a pair of big eyes, the curve of her smile like a crescent moon, and she appeared to glitter like the sunshine.

A very familiar smile, which I had seen often not long ago.

Probably because she was truly happy, her smile was infectious. Whenever she smiled, her dimple was partly hidden and partly visible, a bit naughty and also high spirited, causing people to unconsciously follow her cheerful mood.

Perhaps Yi Chen liked this kind of smile.

Actually, I also looked good when I smiled, but not her kind.

For a split second, I wanted to throw away the library card and tell Yi Chen that I could not find it. However, in the end, I still brought it down and watched Yi Chen put it into his pocket.

She was already gone. Looking at Yi Chen’s gradually disappearing desolate back, I kept telling myself.

What was the point of smiling even more brilliantly, she was already gone, already left. Even if Yi Chen still wanted to yearn for her for a while, he would forget her very soon.

At least, he was already very calm now.

At that time, I still did not understand that there was a kind of calmness called “ripples in the stagnant water.”

Without Zhao Mo Sheng, the opportunity for me to meet up with Yi Chen was instead less than before.

Nobody called me frequently to go to C University. I also cannot find so many excuses to go there often.

Therefore, I only found out Yi Chen had been smoking very heavily a long time later.

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It was very common for boys to smoke in university, so I did not really want to associate it with another matter. For a time, I deceived others and also myself that it was caused by the university environment, even though this was obviously out of character for Yi Chen.

Knowing was one thing but seeing with one’s own eyes was another thing. Once, I went to his dormitory and personally saw his roommates and him completely drunk. Actually that time, it was the birthday of someone in their dormitory, everyone also got drunk, not just him. But I did not know why, I could not stand it any longer.

Yi Chen was never like this, he always had good self-control and did everything with a great sense of propriety. I really wanted to convince myself that he was just celebrating a friend’s birthday and not drowning his sorrows in liquor. But he looked so gloomy and depressed, making me unable to deceive myself.

The blind spots I did not see previously seemed to become clearer now.

Gradually, I remembered Yi Chen said when Zhao Mo Sheng pestered, her eyes had a faint smile.

Sometimes when she was a little late, he would be impatient and worried.

No matter how careless she was, he would only frown and helped her to sort everything out.


There were still many incidents, why did I not see them before?

Unconsciously, my cheeks were streaming with tears, I did not know for who.

It turned out that he was just trying hard to maintain a calm appearance. Now that he was drunk, he could not conceal it anymore, everything was exposed into the open.

When he was sober, I had became a lot calmer but sadly said to him: “Look at you, not just my parents but if dead uncle and aunt were to see you like this, they will also be broken-hearted.”

In addition, I was also very sad. Yi Chen, did you know that?

He did not say anything for a long time, lowered his eyes and his facial expression was hidden in the shadows. After a long time, he dejectedly said: “You’re right, I do not have the right to indulge myself.”

Consequently, that outstanding and cool-headed He Yi Chen was back, but I still felt as if something was different.

I could not pinpoint what.

Yi Chen and I remained the same.

Zhao Mo Sheng probably did not have time to mention what I said to Yi Chen because he did not talk about it at all.

As for me, I did not have the courage to mention it again.

I was satisfied with the status quo. At present, it seemed like we had returned to before. Although the relationship between us did not progress further, there was no one extra person.

Actually, I was very weak and dared not take the initiative to pursue anything, except to wait until one day he would turn and look at me.

But I was feeling more and more lonely.

I treated everyone also well, but I did not have good friends. After Zhao Mo Sheng left, nobody asked me to go shopping, nobody told me I looked good when trying on clothes and also nobody informed me a month in advance that my birthday was around the corner……

I vaguely thought, actually I also liked this friend.

Just that there was Yi Chen between us.

Four years of university just passed by in the blink of an eye. When I graduated, I was still single to the amazement of my roommates. I had a female classmate, one hand holding the graduate certificate and another hand holding the marriage certificate. After having the farewell party, there was also a wedding feast next, so it had become the hot topic of conversation.

When I was treating Yi Chen dinner with my first month’s salary, I told him about it. While he was listening, he seemed to be having a lapse in concentration and inadvertently said: “I also planned to get married after graduation.”

I looked at him in shock.

He seemed to have realised what he had just said, a trace of sadness flitted across his eyes.

For a short while, both of us did not speak.

I slowly regained my composure and said: “Yi Chen, last time mom even asked me whether you have a girlfriend. You should find a girlfriend.”

At this moment, I spoke that sentence sincerely and genuinely. Four years of university made me realize that after Zhao Mo Sheng, Yi Chen may fall in love with someone, but that someone would definitely not be me. I was no longer the former He Yi Mei. Currently, I hope that he can fall in love with someone and this time round, I would just wish him well wholeheartedly.

Even though my heart ached.

He lightly in a few words changed the topic.

We finished the meal by talking about some irrelevant topics. When it was time to pay the bill,  although I said it would be my treat, Yi Chen still paid the money.

While waiting for the waiter to come back with the change, Yi Chen got up to go to the toilet. When the waiter came back with the change, he still had not come back. I saw that his jacket was draped on the chair, so I reached out and took out his wallet from the coat pocket, wanting to put the change into it.

The moment I opened the wallet, I saw that photo.

It seemed to have been torn from a document, as there were traces of steel marks on it.

In the photo, the girl had a ponytail, a pair of big eyes, the curve of her smile like a crescent moon and she appeared to glitter like the sunshine.

A very familiar smile, which I had not seen for a long time.

When Yi Chen came back, I was still holding onto his wallet and staring blankly in a daze. It was too late to put back the wallet, so I might as well put the money into it and return it to him in an easy-manner.

“That’s your change.”

“Okay.” He nodded and took it with a calm expression, just like that year when Zhao Mo Sheng just left.

At this moment, I suddenly realized the implied meaning behind this kind of expression.

He was calm because he already made his decision.

He decided to continue waiting.

Some people’s wound will heal slowly in time, like mine.

Some people’s wound will fester slowly in time, like his.

Actually all these years, he healed only outwardly. There is a kind of wound that penetrates the bone marrow and ravages areas that cannot be seen.

After leaving the restaurant, we walked to the bus station. At that time, he had just worked for a year, whereas I’ve just started working. Thus, both of us also did not have much money, so we chose to use the bus which was the cheapest mode of transport.

While waiting for the bus, we did not speak. My bus was turning into the station and when the bus was about to stop, he suddenly uttered to me:

“Yi Mei.”

I turned my head to look at him.

The brilliant colors of the city’s night lights reflected on his body, making him looking all the more lonely.

“You will understand later, if in this world that person once appeared, other people will just be a compromise. He said, “I do not want to compromise.”

The bus was driven further and further away, his silhouette slowly became blurry in my line of vision.

My mind kept thinking about his words – you will understand later, if in this world that person once appeared, other people will just be a compromise.

Why later, I knew all along.

I also did not want to compromise.

Thus in this crowded metropolis, both of us with the same frame of mind, stubbornly waiting in loneliness.

Busy with our respective careers, we gradually has less contact with each other compared to the university days.

Before, I used to be afraid that this day would come, but this day still came.

In fact, it seemed like nothing.

I was not sad.

Because I was already used to it.

Yi Chen gave me a very long time to get used to it.

Later, he once came to my office to pick me up to go back together to Y City to visit my sick father. While waiting for me downstairs, one of my female colleagues met him.

The next day, that female colleague asked me who he was and even brazenly asked if he has a girlfriend.

I replied he already had a girlfriend in the United States.

Her eyes revealed her disappointment and somewhat dissatisfied, she said: “Foreigner girlfriend? Most long distance relationship will break up and a foreign girlfriend is very dangerous.”

“No, they’ll end up together.” I did not know where my persistence came from, “She’ll come back.”

My colleague was probably surprised by my firm expression: “He Yi Mei, you’re not her, so how do you know?”

I did not answer again.

I merely said over and over again in my heart, how could she not come back?

He was always waiting for her.

However, we did not expect such a long time. Waiting was not frightening. What was frightening was not knowing when it would end.

One year, two years …… five years, six years ……

On the seventh year.

That day, I brought mother’s homemade Chinese pickles to him. When I put it into the refrigerator, I discovered there was no food inside, completely empty. Hence, I asked him to go to the supermarket.

The supermarket was crowded on the weekends.


While walking, I chatted with Yi Chen about each other’s current situation. The last time we met was more than two months ago.

Then, I seemed to hear the sound of something collapsing.

I casually turned my head.

In the midst of the collapsing sound,  I saw her.

From the last time I met her in KFC, up until now, it had already been more than seven years. I suddenly felt this lengthy time frame seemed like I only turned around for a moment.

The blue sea turned into mulberry fields. (The world is changing all the time)

The change was merely my gradually aging heart. The change was merely Yi Chen’s increasingly hard shell.

As for her, she seemed to have not changed one bit.

Still continuing to smile without a care and without worries.

That night, after I arrived home, I sat on the sofa and watched the sky gradually brightening up.

Because I was busy with work, I had not been tidying up my rented small apartment for a long time. That flower pot on the balcony, after I bought it back, I just left it there, not knowing when the flower bloomed before. I also did not know when the petals withered by the rain and wind, only leaving a red petal swaying in the morning breeze.

Suddenly, I felt as if I was like this unknown name flower.

A person’s flower bloomed. A person’s flower withered. All these years from start to finish, nobody asked about it.


27 thoughts on “Silent Separation (何以笙箫默) – Gu Man (Epilogue 1.3)

  1. I just wanted to say thank you for introducing me to this novel in the beginning. I couldn’t wait and very early read the orginal text instead. However I thought I should say my thanks in your last post for this novel. Thank you to lidge and you for all the hardword.

    Also congrats on the milestone for the blog. To show my appreication for being us wonderful novel and managing book.shusheng I wouldn’t mind making some banners for this blog. But if chewywon made enough, thats fine ^^. Email with the spec and let me know if you would any hehe.

    • Firstly, I’ll like to clarify this is not the last post for this novel as there are 2 more epilogues to go. This is merely the last post for this epilogue. You must have skipped the epilogues 😛

      Thank you for the kind offer but chewywon has generously made enough for now so I can’t waste them. I’ll need new banners when the blog hit 2m which I’ll tell u maybe next yr, lol. Btw, I deleted your email address bcos it is the blog policy not to publish email address. I am the admin for this blog & SSB so I can easily find all of you if you’ve entered the correct addresses 😛

  2. Thanks for introducing me to an amazing novel. I plan to save it and read again and again when I’m traveling. Is this the last epilogue for the book or just from Yi Mei’s perspective? Also any updates on when the drama will air now that they’re done filming? Thanks again for all the hard work! Can’t wait to read your next recommendation.

    • Glad you like it. I also read it repeatedly because of the touching words used by the author. If you can understand Chinese, it is better that you read or listen to it in its original language as we don’t think we’ve translated all that well into English due to our limitation as well as the lost in translation problem.

      This is merely the last post for this epilogue. This is not the last post for this novel as there are 2 more epilogues to go but the novel will be finishing soon, probably by the end of Oct.

      I’ve no idea when the drama will air & I think nobody can tell you this as there are post production work to be done. The earliest possible date will be 2015. Don’t worry, I am always lurking around the production coy’s blog & baidu so I’ll bring to all of you any latest info 🙂

  3. Thank you for this post! I was able to take a peek of more than a tad on how Yi Chen was after Mo Sheng left at least on He Yi Mei’s POV. I’m wondering though what was Yi Chen’s in depth thoughts and feelings all through the years of waiting. I wish for a flash back narration. I’m really curious to know. At least now I have an understanding of what He Yi Mei felt and the realization that she will never be the one.

    I’m looking forward to the last epilogue. Again, thank you peanuts for your continued hard work. This is such a wonderful novel and I will never forget this story.

    • Not everything is black & white so it is best that we leave something for our imagination 🙂 Throughout the novel, there are bits & pieces on YC’s thoughts and feelings during the years of waiting and we can also infer from what others have said. Maybe the drama can shed more light into this.

      Glad that you are enjoying it & we’ve 2 more epilogues to go.

  4. I marathoned this novel a couple of days ago and re-read my favourite chapters again today. I like it oh so much. From all the works that are featured on this blog, this is hands down the gem. Thank you for the translations. I look forward to the drama though the wait is not doing my heart any good.

    • Glad you like it. Different genre appeals to diff ppl so you are probably the type who like bittersweet novel 😛 Good things will come to those who wait, so we’ll wait together but at least we know the end of the waiting is not faraway 🙂

  5. sigh.. at least.. she has her own happy ending.. we don’t always get our first love but at least we can learn something from the first love.. LOLs.. why so serious Yui! 😀

    thanks Peanuts.. ^^

    • Yes, the moral of the story is let go of the past to find happiness in the future. Hence, forget abt your Alex since he is confirmed married, lol.

      • aiyoo.. i like Alex, but not to ‘that’ point la.. i prefer WC all the way! LOLs..

        but so true, let go of the past is the best weapon for a better and happiness future! Amen ^^

  6. What a good spot to put that banner in ! 😉

    I’m kind of glad the writer didn’t focus too much on Yichen’s perspective. It was kind of painful to read about YiChen break down (as told by YiMei).

    I’m guessing the last 2 special epilogue are happy ones? Please let be.

  7. ah, its nice to see it from her view… is there epilogue from Yi Chen view too?? and thank you so much!

    • No epilogue from YC’s viewpoint as it’ll be too obvious, then we’ll also need one from MS’s viewpoint. The book was written from the 3rd person point of view so rather neutral.

  8. I don’t know why but I always sympathise with characters like Yi Mei. They are not evil. They love deeply too, maybe even deeper than the female leads sometimes, it is just unfortunate that it is unrequited love.

    I also particularly loved the part where Yi Chen tore off the photo from Mo Sheng’s library card and kept it in his wallet all these years. Ooooooooo……so sentimental of him. Sometimes he makes me mad, then he makes me drool……

    • That is bcos Yi Mei is not annoying and can let go. You’ve such weak tears glands but you like such angst. Go & read the epilogue for You Are Still Here for unrequited love.

      Such love hate relationship you’ve with YC, lol.

  9. YM im still waiting for your apology!!!

    this is so heart wrenching for three of them..

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  11. I cried buckets in this chapter. Idk why I could totally feel her pain. To me this chapter wasn’t a part of a book but more of a story on its own. Also the way she talks about him after she left is so heart wrenching!! I also cried when his friend/roommate told her he was in the hospital. And when her friend told her that he almost went crazy looking for her when she left.

    • Yes, this epilogue is very sad but most readers dun like Yi Mei. It is more sad to read her narrating their story. Did u watch the drama? Did u read the book or watch the drama 1st? I think it is not so sad in the drama compared with reading the book.

  12. I still don’t like her. I understand her feelings of watching at the sidelines. But why? Why did you have to go and ruin your non-blood related brother’s romance?! Someone once said, “if you love someone let them be with the one that they love and be happy for them.” Or something similar to that.

    7 years is very long. Her words made them unhappy and caused them to be apart for so long! And most of all..she did not apologize!

    I really hate this kind of female character. She acts like a kind person, befriends them and then stab them in their Heart, slash them with harsh words and strike at their weak points.

    I just can’t forgive her and wished that she marries a fugly guy. May god smite her and make her suffer!

  13. To be honest, Yi Mei’s epilogue is my favorite part of this story… There’s a lot of people who hate/despise/curse her but to me her story tastes like rich dark chocolate, containing the bittersweetness of life.

    *The following is veritable tangent of a lazy mochi being uncharacteristically serious, muddling through as she tries to explain her thoughts, feelings and reasons for the above*
    *Disclaimer: This is merely an expression and explanation of my own opinion. Asking for fellow readers to be kind and not fling knives at this humble one. Forgive this humble one for being pretentious… This is solely me trying to express my thoughts!!! (Random passerbyer: For who? Me: I don’t know…)
    I like the main story well enough, but this epilogue is definitely the part that makes this story a winner for me. There are many stories that have similar characters and stories but I don’t know why it’s only Yi Mei’s that touches my heart just so… Maybe it’s because I’m too precocious for my age, or maybe the opposite – maybe I haven’t experienced enough of life’s vicissitudes, but this epilogue definitely steals the spotlight for me. I enjoy fluffy, lighthearted stories; dramatic stories; tragic stories etc. but for some reason rather than the main story’s portrayal of a bittersweet estranged love, Yi Mei’s story seems to accomplish that goal better and has a better flavor to it… That said this is merely a humble reader’s opinion, I don’t mean to offend and I don’t mean to say I dislike the main story so please don’t curse me…

    • Don’t worry, nobody will bash you for your preference since you explained yourself in a constructive manner. Diverse opinions make the world more interesting.

      Actually, I also sympathized with Yi Mei and felt happy that she has a good ending in the drama. She is a character that we can relate to, not a caricature villain. The female lead in the story is Mo Sheng so we don’t know much about Yi Mei which is why the readers will mostly support Mo Sheng.

  14. Uhmm, this epilogue will always be my favourite, including the main story. Only here do I feel that you really feel the heartache and suffering caused by those long years apart.
    Tbh nothing she did was particularly despicable; she didn’t lie; didn’t create needless misunderstandings. She merely stated that she loved YC (which she did) and wanted to pursue him (which she wanted to). Anyway, the strength of this epilogue isn’t that it exonerates YM, but that it shows just how heart-wrenching those years when YC and MS were separated were. Truly one of the only stories that makes my heart hurt.

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