The following day, Ah Jin was on time for the meeting.
The village's only small square had been full of people.
Li Damai quickly pulled Ah Jin to the side.
"Zhaodi, come on. Stand next to me. It's too crowded. So you won't get hurt."
Ah Jin smiled and expressed her gratitude.
"Thank you, Brother Damai."
Li Damai looked at Ah Jin's bright smile.
His face blushed, and he lowered his head.
The "meeting" soon began.
The neighborhood committee officials brought the two people onto the stage, and one shouted at the top of his voice.
"All the folks, we called you here today to show you that we have two people from Fangjia Village who have ruined the reputation of our community."
After saying that, he pointed to Guo Lihong and said, "This female comrade is a bad model. She had a baby without having a marriage certificate!"
He also pointed to Hou Wenbo and said, "This male comrade is of bad moral character, knocking up a female comrade, and committed the crime of hooliganism!"
The crowd erupted.
The crime of hooliganism was not a joke.
Hou Wenbo gasped.
"I did not. We are in love with each other! I am not a rogue!"
The official said again, "Guo Lihong, then tell me, are you two in a relationship of love?"
Guo Lihong looked at the man fiercely.
Because of him in her previous life, she was physically and mentally devastated after falling into the water.
After which, it was extremely difficult for her to conceive.
He stayed in the city to teach.
He also married someone else after the exam resumed with days of great fortune.
Whereas she had a bad reputation and failed to get into college.
She eventually found a man to marry.
He was not a good person.
She was always beaten or scolded.
In the end, she could not stand it and killed herself against the wall.
Now she had the chance to retaliate.
She definitely would not be soft again.
The crowd saw Guo Lihong crying while covering her face.
She cried and said, "We are not in love with each other, but he played around!"
The audience immediately boiled over at that statement.
The official struck while the iron was hot, "Hou Wenbo, what else can you say! I didn't expect you are so low in ideological awareness even though you are a Zhiqing. Our society cannot leave scum like you here! What do you think?"
TL's Note: Zhiqing: Educated youth sent to work in farms during cultural revolution
The crowd all agreed.
"Yes, a scum of our society!"
"Put him in jail!"
"Yes, lock him up!"
Hou Wenbo never thought that Guo Lihong would really say that.
He looked at Guo Lihong and said, "Lihong, how can you say that? There is nothing wrong with me, you know that!"
He yelled to the audience, "She's lying! You can't be fooled by her! She's the one with corrupt morals!"
The crowd was already riled up by this time and got even angrier when they heard him say that.
Someone even picked up a small stone on the ground and threw it at him.
The official calmed everyone down again and said, "The public is reasonable now. Let's be fair. Hou Wenbo will be locked up first for moral education. We will release him if he can understand his mistakes. If he still does not know how to repent, we will put him in jail!
"As for Guo Lihong's crime of misbehavior, in her case, the group decided to be lenient and punish her with a month in the cowshed. This is the end of the meeting. Let's disperse."
TL's Note: Cowshed: China's Cultural Revolution often refers to the place where the victims were detained. Let me just insert a picture of it from Baidu.
Hou Wenbo was pulled down and held in detention for the re-education of the mind.
Ah Jin was satisfied enough to be an onlooker, hoping that there would be something next.
However, a month after, Ms. Bug did not stir up trouble.
Ah Jin's life was extremely smooth.
I meant to post this yesterday, but I fell asleep. It was pretty late for me. A great morning guuuuuuuys!
A happy day to us!