Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 32:Six-year-old, encounter with Terence Nettle Halls.
Chapter 32:Six-year-old, encounter with Terence Nettle Halls.
Isaac was basically free in the royal capital.
Lisa made friends around the same age and started playing with them.
It seems normal for her to make some friends of the same age before she got enrolled in the Royal Academy.
He was a bit lonely, but Lisa would have trouble if she didn’t make friends of her age.
In aristocratic society, not only vertical connections, but also horizontal connections were also important.
(TL/N: Vertical means the family lineage, and horizontal means a person’s own connections.)
Because she was Adela’s daughter, she was with Isaac since his childhood.
Isaac was now convinced and sent off Lisa without much of a tantrum.
Tiffany was still playing with Isaac.
However, with her fiancée, she began to learn numbers and language along with some other things.
Unlike Isaac, she had no memory of her previous life, so she had to learn everything from the basics.
He couldn’t get in the way of Tiffany’s future.
Isaac understood everyone’s circumstances.
Although he now had friends of the same age, he played less frequently with them compared to the other two.
His close and distant friends often came to play.
When that happened Isaac’s inability to make friends normally resonated.
Damian also came to Isaac, but usually with Fred.
He didn’t do anything Fred hated, Isaac was generally alone.
Melinda’s harassment of not letting Isaac make friends was now trivial for Isaac.
However, if you are free, you can do something in your free time.
Isaac rented a room and started making the floor map with Alexis, a confectioner hired by the Marquis family, along with his disciples.
This was to make a sweet store with low sugar.
It was supposed to be in the style of a coffee shop with a lot of tables etc. so that people could eat inside the store.
――What would you do if you wanted to save more money?
In his previous life, Isaac was steadily saving his salary.
However, this time it was different.
Even if he ran out of the money he earned from the bidding, he wouldn’t be able to make much after next spring.
Then, rather than just saving money, investing was better.
He had enough money for that.
――Make more money.
Spend money to increase money.
The candy store was the first stage of an experimental attempt.
“After all, it’s best to be on the mainstreet on the way to the royal palace. Though there are other confectionery stores on this street as well.”
“No, it’s a new thing. It would be good to build the store near the government office, it’ll serve as gifts..”
“Ok better, how about selling baked goods and other things to the other shops?”
Each person expressed his or her own opinion.
Some of the disciples would work as craftsmen at the store.
Although they were disciples, they worked in the kitchen of a Marquis family.
If Alexis was on the top, then they had all the skills just below his level.
He was a strong man capable enough to make sweets on a large scale.
It was not embarrassing for him or the disciples to work at a store managed directly by the Marquis family.
“I think it’s better if it’s near the Royal Academy. I want to target the students who will be returning home because sugar content is less and thus the price is lower compared to the confectionery stores.”
Isaac thought about the location of the Royal Academy.
The academy was built relatively close to the royal palace.
The reason was legitimate, “because the royal family goes to and from school on foot”.
This was a game setting made for an event called ‘Prince and the school date’.
In this world, the reason is that “the ancient king decided to understand the feelings of the common people by walking on foot”.
The aristocratic district was near, so security was good as well.
However, the setting was so sloppy that Isaac wondered, “What if the other aristocrats wanted to assassinate the royal family?”
He kept that in mind and agreed.
“I see… If students stop by, word will naturally spread to their parents and friends. And even if they are in the first grade, they will be in society in the next three years. Or maybe five years later. It’s not a bad idea considering the name recognition 10 years from now. Above all, it’s good as there are no competitors nearby.”
(TL/N: No competitors as no one sells their kind of sweets.)
Alexis agreed with Isaac’s opinion.
“Eh… oh yeah. That’s right.”
Isaac was a little confused when Alexis agreed to an opinion different from his own.
(It’s not that I wanted to brag about “This is my store” on a date from school…)
In his previous life, he was with a male friend, on his way from school he went into his friend’s store to get some ramen.
Isaac wanted to do something similar.
Now that he had no friends, he wanted to do the same with the students.
Besides, he planned a private room for the upper aristocrats with the mischievous intentions of, “I want to do something secret with Pamela.”
Although there was no other intention behind the establishment of that room, it was a little awkward because everyone thought that it had a deeper meaning which only Isaac knew.
“Let’s find a really large place so that it would not cause odor complaints.”
“Brute force won’t be used in the name of the Marquis.”
Isaac kept that in his mind.
There was no need to fight unnecessarily because it might lead to antipathy from the neighbouring land owners.
Image was especially important for restaurants.
“Of course, I’ll be careful about that.”
Alexis and the others understood everything Isaac said.
Above all, they were going to sell a new kind of product.
They wanted to have a nice image, as nice as possible.
“Then I’ll leave the rest to you.”
He thought that he should leave the details to the people who would work at the store.
Even though he worked in an Izakaya store, he had no idea what kind of kitchens were suitable for making sweets in this world.
He wanted to prioritize the opinions of the people working in that field rather than the opinions of an amatuer.
Besides, Isaac couldn’t spend much time there.
This was because Randolph really called in a tutor for him.
“While in the royal capital, I was able to hire a prominent scholar, although for only once a week.”
That said, Randolph was very happy.
He seemed to be a scholar who had published various treatises such as ‘The Prince’, ‘On War’, and ‘Parenting Theory’.
(The last one is out of place…)
It was amazing to write various treatises without specializing in a specific field.
However, Isaac felt rather uneasy about such an unscrupulous scholar.
Above all, he was worried that Randolph was praising him as “a wonderful teacher”.
He respected his father for his personality, but he was unreliable when it came to judging people.
The reason for calling a tutor in particular was for emotional education centered on Isaac’s morals.
To explain the importance of forgiving people――
“If you hit your right cheek, give them your left cheek.”
He wondered what to do if he came out to be such a religious kind of teacher.
(TL/N: That above line in quotes was said by Gandhi, who was kind of a religious guy and thought hinduism was the most liberal and tolerant religion.)
Isaac hated religion.
He didn’t particularly hate religion but he hated the idea of religion.
The reason was to do with his friend Suzuki.
“I will be the god of the new world!”
With that said, he moved to Osaka to start a new religion.
Suzuki’s younger sister was Masami’s classmate and friend, and she was crying, “I want to bring my brother back.”
Because of such an event, he didn’t like religion that would disrupt people’s lives.
In this world, he sometimes prayed in the church.
It was just a prayer for a relationship.
He didn’t pray to God sincerely.
(Let’s turn back if a religious person comes)
Isaac was ready to wait for the tutor.
“Sorry that you had to wait. Here is your teacher.”
Randolph entered the room.
Behind him stood a man in his fifties with a grumpy face.
“It’s Terence, the head of the Baron Halls family.”
“Hello, from now on–”
Isaac interrupted Terence’s words when he tried to say hello.
(Baron Halls… Nicole’s old man.)
He couldn’t be Nicole’s father, as he looked Morgan’s age.
If so, he was likely Nicole’s grandfather.
He never thought that he would be taught by Nicole’s grandfather.
(First of all, rather than me, it would be better if you educated your grandchildren.)
However, Nicole was still about 6 years old.
No one would believe that she’d grow into someone who’d steal someone else’s fiancée.
Even if Isaac told him, then he’d be the villain.
He wanted to say, “Focus on Nicole’s education”, but he couldn’t.
In the first place, he wouldn’t want to say it because it would be a problem if Nicole somehow became decent.
A very complicated person came in as Isaac’s teacher.
Terence looked at Isaac with suspicious eyes.
“Hmm, we haven’t met anywhere right…”
Isaac was surprised to see him.
From that, Terence thought they had a previous encounter somewhere.
(Oh. We haven’t met each other and that reaction was bad…)
Isaac recovered from the shock of meeting with Terence.
And full of regret, he tried to deceive him.
“Oh, I’ve just read some of your books.”
If you have published various books, then it was no wonder that people would read it and know your name.
That said, he had never read a book written by him.
None of them were in the Wellrod mansion library.
On the spot, he tried to deceive the author with a half-baked lie.
“Oh, that makes me happy.”
Terrence looked a little happy.
――Even a child read a book he wrote.
That’d make anyone happy.
But he quickly tightened his face.
“I see. Reading my book at your age, you must be quite intelligent, as I’ve heard. If you like, please let me know what you thought of my book.”
Isaac now felt like a child who just lied and got caught.
“I forgot most of it, afterall I read that when I was quite young”
In reply, Terence said, “Then, tell me what kind of book it was.”
Terence didn’t let him go.
“That… I wonder if Mr. Terence’s idea doesn’t match with mine.”
Terrence raised his eyebrows a little to Isaac’s words.
“No. It was quite difficult for me as a kid, so I feel like I didn’t understand it well…”
Isaac was in a difficult situation, and all of his lies and words were becoming muddy.
Terrence looked at Randolph with her stern look on his face.
“I don’t know which book I read, but all that the book said was, ‘Conflict isn’t good. Let’s be kind to people.’ I think I didn’t understand it because it’s too advanced for me. But that idea still doesn’t sit well with me.”
“That’s it! It was good, right!?”
Randolph screamed sorrowfully.
The fact that his child couldn’t understand, ‘basic expression of kindness’, made him quite upset.
(Oii! The content is supposed to be that, it clear from your titles like ‘The Prince’ and ‘War Theory!’)
Isaac also raised a voice of protest in his heart.
But since Terence was called for Isaac’s emotional education, he should have assumed that he was supposed to go in that direction.
This was because he published a book called “The Prince”, which Isaac once saw through coloured glass while coming into the city.
(That…. Mac?… macha?…maji? I thought it’s something like that!)
Isaac was trying to remember ‘Machiavelli’.
He was the person who created Machiavellianism, which was a ruthless idea that he could take any measures for national interest.
Isaac was sure Nicole’s grandfather would have written such a thing, and thus he answered appropriately.
Because of that, Isaac’s current situation was bad.
“Maybe this is the result of growing up in the same lineage as Jude.”
Randolph received Terence’s words, held his head with both of his hands and collapsed on his knees.
The figure of his grandfather in his memory was of a gentle figure flashing a smile.
However, that was one of the scariest memories Randolph had.
The surface and the inside were completely different, a terrifying monster that Randolph couldn’t understand.
And now in front of him, that very situation prevailed, just at the scale of a small child.
He couldn’t help but feel despair.
However, Terence hadn’t given up yet.
He wouldn’t know until he tested everything first.
Only then would he get the answer.
“Okay. Isaac, there are many serfs in the Wellrod family. What do you want to do with them?”
“Well, what do you mean?”
Isaac tilted his head to his sudden question.
“Because the slaves are poor, I’d like to treat them better or release them. Something like that.”
“Oh, I see.”
Isaac was convinced.
Isaac would be judged by what kind of answer was given right here.
He had to think carefully.
It slightly bothered him.
Randolph watched him praying with his hands in front of his chest.
The answer Isaac came up with was simple.
“I’ll do nothing”
The disappointment in their faces was obvious.
The answer didn’t go in the direction of helping slaves.
“And why would you do so?”
Terrence asked for the time being.
It was too impatient to judge things based on the surface.
The intentions behind the answer were also necessary.
“Because serfs are better off than the commoners.”
In response to Isaac’s answer, Terence now cocked his head.
“Serfs who have been deprived of almost all of their rights?”
(TL/N: The above line might look awkward because it’s supposed to be as Isaac was in full confidence mode.)
Isaac answered with confidence.
“Serfs certainly don’t have freedom. Instead, they benefit a lot. Not only food, clothing and shelter, but sometimes medical care as well. They are the property of the Marquis family. The commoners are all their own, because of having freedom, they have to live responsibly. Even if I have freedom, if I live in poverty then it’s not worth it.”
This was what he learned while riding the horse-drawn carriage on his journeys.
Serfs were treated carefully as the property of the Marquis family.
They couldn’t treat an asset directly under the Marquis family without care.
Rather, those who hit the serfs or treated them poorly were ridiculed for despising the Marquis’ property.
And their diet was taken care of and provided at the right times so that they could work hard without much problems.
On the other hand, commoners were suffering in the name of “freedom”.
Some people could barely manage their lives after paying taxes.
However, the country did not help them.
It was their responsibility to crawl up from their poverty.
Because they were ‘free’ to suffer from poverty.
“Even if they have the right, I don’t think the commoners can exercise it. Because they are not educated and most people are old or dead, many don’t even know about the rights that they might have, right? If you want to help someone, then shouldn’t it be commoners rather than the serfs?”
――Benefits instead of rights.
It was hard to argue with Isaac’s point.
Terence couldn’t say, “You should just release the serfs”.
If the serfs were released then their benefits would also disappear.
If they became like ordinary farmers then they’d eventually live a poor life.
If you couldn’t show the benefits of losing a stable livelihood then that theory of freedom was just an emotional one.
‘Have freedom rather than living as a serf’ or ‘Have a stable life instead of freedom’
You couldn’t tell which life was better unless you asked the serf himself.
At least, it couldn’t be said that Isaac’s idea was wrong.
“I see… that answer is another truth. Randolph, it seems that earlier I was mistaken. Isaac seems like he cares a lot for the people, unlike Jude.”
At those words, Randolph’s expression became brighter.
“Whether you’ll be like Jude or not depends on your future education.”
“Well then it’s good……”
Randolph stroked his chest.
(No, isn’t that rude? …… I’m sorry that I answered appropriately at the beginning.)
――Why should I be treated like my great-grandfather?
When Isaac found himself being compared to his great-grandfather, he felt his chest become a bit painful.
“First, let’s start with the basics of why we have to be kind to people, because many people are surprisingly ignorant of the basics.”
It seems that Terence was motivated when he saw Isaac who seemed like a worthwhile student.
Isaac wanted to say “tell that to Nicole”, but if that happened and Terence left, then Randolph would be devastated.
And thus, Isaac decided to learn quietly from Terence.
Isaac was in quite a lot of despair as Nicole’s grandfather was in direct contact with his family.
Later, Isaac read a book written by Terence.
The Prince’s theory was “Let’s have kindness towards those who stand on top of all the people”, and the War theory was something like “War kills a lot of people, so just avoid conflicts”. Those two books didn’t go well side-by-side.
(Is this country really okay?)
The fact that such a scholar was so famous was a bit alarming to Isaac.
Because of that, Isaac’s resolve was further strengthened. “It would be a better country if I just took over. I’ll show you what resolve truly is.”