Painter Of The Night: Romantic scenes: The muse’s kisses 😍😘👄

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In the creator’s notes, Byeonduck promised her readers to create romantic scenes of our beloved couple. That’s the reason why many manhwaphiles are looking forward for the start of the new season. Everyone is certainly imagining many romantic scenes: a new scene in the bathroom or Baek Na-Kyum is brushing his lover’s hair or the reverse. As you can sense, in this essay I will present a prediction, though this idea came to my mind by making a new discovery recently. But before starting, it is necessary to define “romantic scene”. A person is perceived as romantic, when he says and does things that make their partner special and loved.

1. The painter’s new kiss

In the latest picture revealed on Twitter, Byeonduck created such a romantic scene. Baek Na-Kyum is expressing his love to his partner by biting him on the cheek. I see it more as a bite than as a kiss because of the painter’s mouth. Yoon Seungho is not just caught by surprise, but also moved by the painter’s new kiss. Thus he is blushing. Another important detail is that the main lead has a hickey on his throat. This exposes that now the painter is imitating his lover’s behavior. He leaves marks on his companion’s body in order to claim him as his possession or husband.

Since season 1, the painter had left wounds on the protagonist’s body. Yet they had all a different meaning, for they reflected the painter’s perception towards Yoon Seungho. In season 1, the wound on the cheek announced that the artist had fought back. (Chapter 25) The scar was the evidence of his rejection, hence in the bedchamber the kiss bite symbolizes the exact opposite. As you can see, I consider the painter’s bite/kiss on the cheek as the positive reflection from the night in the pavilion. Note that the artist is kissing him on the other side of his face: claim versus rejection; love versus resent. At the same time, I couldn’t restrain myself thinking that the lord’s words had become a reality. (Chapter 85) The painter was carving into the lord’s skin the following lesson: you are my lover and husband, and you have to stay by my side. Why? The purpose of this is to teach Yoon Seungho that he is lovable. Another relevant observation is that as the story was progressing, the artist would keep leaving traces on his partner’s body. In season 2, the painter scratched the main lead’s shoulder out of pleasure. (Chapter 72) However, in that scene, the artist had done it unintentionally which stands in opposition to this image. Here, the kiss mark is done after the love session. We can sense it, for the artist’s body is also covered with marks. This signifies that the painter is biting his lover on purpose. It is to express his love for his husband. The main lead has now to internalize that he is worthy of being loved and treasured. This image exposes the change of Baek Na-Kyum’s attitude. He has become truly proactive. The kiss on the cheek and the hickey on Yoon Seungho’s neck are the evidences for this interpretation. Then I would like to add another romantic scene as a contrast. (Chapter 89) Here, the viewer could see that the artist had scratched his lover’s back again out of pleasure, but this time he had been able to control his strength. Thus there was no real scar on his back. However, he had not done it once, but many times, for the lord’s back has different red spots. This indicates that the main lead is getting used to such gestures from his lover. The problem is that the main lead can not see them. Hence the moment he has a hickey on the throat and on the cheek, Yoon Seungho can see them, if he looks in the mirror. Looking at his own reflection can only boost his self-esteem. Moreover, the marks on his back are the expression of the painter’s climaxes. However, we should differentiate between sensuality and affection. The painter’s kiss in the cheek embodies both: pleasure and love. In addition, the lord had been proactive in that scene to the point that the artist had voiced his discontentment. He no longer wished to have sex. And observe what the lord did in that scene. He was biting his lover, leaving a mark on his chest. (Chapter 89) Thus I am deducing that in that scene the painter is actually voicing the opposite. He wishes more. The roles have been switched. At the same time, we could say that the painter is doing a prank on his lover. By leaving a kiss mark on his face, Baek Na-Kyum is breaking a taboo. (chapter 25) Back then, no one paid attention to the scar on his face except the butler. Jung In-Hun and the staff acted, as if they saw nothing at all. (Chapter 30) Hence I believe that the opposite will happen. The mark on the lover’s face could create a ruckus so that people will pay more attention to the protagonist than before. People will come to memorize his face and later recognize him immediately. I don’t think that this was the case in the past. Why? First, no one paid attention to him in chapter 40, hence his “prank” didn’t catch the notice of passers-by. (chapter 40) Then in chapter 45, observe that the author showed us this situation. (Chapter 45) The town folks recognized Yoon Seungho by his clothes, hence the image was showing the lord’s back and not his face. This interpretation gets validated through this comment. The painter is recognized by his headgear. (chapter 45) As you already know, the story is written by the following rule: the painter’s fate is reflected in the lord’s. However, the town folks didn’t memorize and identify the painter, though the latter turned around and showed his face. Why? It is because he was just a servant, a nobody. Moreover, in episode 57, the lord was only identified, when he caused a scandal in the inn with Lee Jihwa. (chapter 57) Here, he was named by the butler and the red-haired master. However, the moment the main lead left the mansion, he should have caught people’s notice, as he was ill. He was even dragged by the butler later to the physician’s office. Finally, in chapter 76, the musicians bowed down in front of him because they recognized him by the clothes. (Chapter 76) However, by bowing, they could never see his face properly. This was the reflection from chapter 45. In this scene, the commoners all called him “my lord”. But he was not addressed as “lord Yoon Seungho”. In season 3, the gibang’s guests had not the time to look at the main lead properly again, for he was running. (Chapter 99) Once again, they only saw his back. (Chapter 99) Moreover, we have to envision that since the lord was holding the sword in his hand, the item served as a diversion. To conclude, at no moment, the commoners looked at Yoon Seungho’s face properly. He was just recognized by his clothes. And now, you comprehend why I came up with this idea. By leaving a kiss mark on the main lead’s face, people will be encouraged to look at his face and recognize him! (chapter 45) Only a woman would do such a trick in bed! That’s the reason why Baek Na-Kyum’s proactive attitude is relevant in the story. It helps Yoon Seungho to become recognized as the real lord of the mansion. Remember that in the past, people forgot him totally: his reputation and his face except the physician! (Chapter 57)

2 A comparison to Lee Jihwa’s kiss

At the same time, it also explains why Lee Jihwa’s love for his childhood friend was doomed to fail. The latter stands for passivity, cowardice and silence. He learned to become more proactive, when the painter entered Yoon Seungho’s life. Furthermore, the painter’s kiss contrasts so much to Lee Jihwa’s stolen kiss. (Chapter 77) The lord is sitting the exact same way. He is also caught by surprise. One might say that the painter’s “kiss” is more “lewd” compared to the young master Jihwa. But what readers might fail to realize is that the painter’s kiss embodies “responsibility”. Yoon Seungho can “claim his innocence”, the mark is the evidence of the “perpetrator” Baek Na-Kyum. The latter can never put the blame on his lover, for it is impossible. In other words, the “mark on the cheek” is the painter’s signature. It is the proof of his love, while Lee Jihwa tried to hide and deny it, after he got caught. He put the blame on his friend, and since the kiss had left no mark. There was no evidence to support Yoon Seungho’s innocence. This explicates why later he never left any hickey or bite marks on his sexual partner’s body contrary to Yoon Seungho. (chapter 3) That way, Lee Jihwa could hide his relationship with his childhood friend and as such his homosexuality. In episode 3, the red-haired master complained about the marks on his body, for they were evidences of his “sin and hypocrisy”. So I couldn’t help myself thinking that the lord will rejoice about the bite marks on his body. He will be very proud of them, for they are the evidences of the painter’s affection. He is now his partner and is committed to their relationship. Hence I can even imagine that he could decide to show his face to people, to let them know that he is loved and recognized. And this thought led me to make the following connection. It contrasts to this scene, where the butler asked the painter to remove the lipstick from his lips. (chapter 79) This is important, for the valet won’t be able to shame Yoon Seungho. He can not make such a remark to his master, for the bite mark can not be removed. Moreover, he is just a servant. At the same time, if the doctor is fetched for such a wound, this can only prove the valet’s hypocrisy. Imagine that he cares more for the master’s face than the wounded hand. (chapter 82). Thus I came to the following realization: the painter’s actions are helping the lord to escape from the darkness so that he can regain his identity and freedom. He is the light that can reveal the presence of evil in the mansion and more precisely the darkness next to Yoon Seungho. To sum up, the painter’s kiss symbolizes love, honesty and responsibility, while I am suspecting the pedophile’s marks left on Yoon Seungho embody the opposite values: hatred, fakeness and cowardice. At the same time, the painter’s kiss on the main lead’s face should be perceived as the positive reflection of the future marriage: However, only Yoon Seungho will see it and no one else. He is his bride. And this time, the kiss with the rouge will be connected to responsibility. In chapter 79, the existence of this kiss was denied by the butler, though there was a witness. And now, you comprehend why I am predicting that the aristocrat will walk through town with a mark on his cheek.

3. Saliva and kisses

While rereading chapter 4, a new detail caught my attention. (chapter 4) The painter was drooling. Furthermore, I would like the readers to keep in mind that the painter sprang from the bed, the moment he opened his eyes. (chapter 4) Why did he behave like that? Finally, the manhwaphiles can detect the presence of the points of interrogation. We can say that he was surprised to find himself in a bed. However, if you contrast all the scenes where the painter jumped from bed like that, you will detect one common denominator. (chapter 6) (chapter 34) (chapter 56) The painter had a dream. And all of them were related to sensuality. In episode 6, the painter got caressed by a stranger, until he was confronted by the mysterious man: (chapter 6) The almost kiss in chapter 34 and the love confession in chapter 56 (chapter 56) All of these scenes provoked an erection, yet only in chapter 56 the artist had a climax. He was moved by the main lead’s words. That’s the reason in chapter 34, the painter looked at the cover where his phallus was hidden. (chapter 34) In episode 6, he woke up so brutally, before he could get a real erection. (chapter 6)

Consequently, through this comparison, I came to realize that the artist had been dreaming in chapter 4. (chapter 4) Thus he was drooling. This observation led me to the following deduction. The dream was about a kiss. Why? It is because the painter had a similar expression than Yoon Seungho in the pavilion: (chapter 95) Moreover, in this chapter, the author had focused on the saliva, when the couple kissed so passionately. (chapter 95) It was, as if the lord was drinking water of rejuvenation, the painter’s saliva. In my eyes, the saliva symbolizes love and passion, and the main lead had been thirsty of love for so long. Hence I come to the conclusion that in the study, Baek Na-Kyum dreamed of a different kiss between Yoon Seungho and himself. The latter should ooze innocence and purity, something similar to this kiss. (chapter 20), for there is no saliva. That’s how I came to the following theory. Baek Na-Kyum must have dreamed of a kiss on the hand. Since Yoon Seungho was always active in all the artist’s visions, I am assuming that in his dream, Baek Na-Kyum was kissed on the hand by the protagonist.

And I have different clues for this theory. First, in chapter 2, the lord brought the artist close to his mouth, (chapter 2). This gesture gave the impression that he was seducing him, while in reality he was threatening him. Don’t forget the rule: a scene in one chapter will be reflected in the next chapter. Secondly, a similar scene will be reflected in the next seasons. And look at this: (chapter 73) The lord kissed the painter’s hand. This means that it must have happened in season 1, but we never saw it. Why? It is because it was a dream! Furthermore, observe that in season 3, the lord brought the painter’s hand to his mouth in order to apologize and out of fear: (chapter 82) That’s how I detected another common denominator: the presence of fear in these scenes. Baek Na-Kyum got scared, when the lord threatened to wound his hand in episode 2, then in chapter 73, he was also shocked because of his sudden climax. Finally, in season 3, both were scared and wounded, for the lord had in his dissociative state hurt the artist and broken his promise. He feared that the artist could decide to leave him. But during that night, observe that the painter never left Yoon Seungho’s side. Why? It is because he saw the lord’s injured hand. (chapter 82) Because of this new discovery, the painter dreamed that Yoon Seungho kissed his hand, I came to the following prediction. In season 4, Baek Na-Kyum will kiss on his lover’s hand!! The new version of this scene: (chapter 73)

4. Baek Na-Kyum’s kiss on Yoon Seungho

However, I believe that this kiss will ooze innocence and spiritual love for the protagonist, which stands in opposition to this kiss: sensuality versus spirituality. How did I come to this prediction and interpretation? It is simply related to this scene: (chapter 92) When the lord wrote the Spring poem, the artist got not only surprised, but he was totally awed by the lord’s gesture. He looked so noble the way he was holding the brush. And don’t forget that in that moment he was reminded of the lord’s Gasa, thus he got aroused. Hence he blushed (chapter 92) He was already treasuring the lord’s hands in season 3: (chapter 89) Hence expect a similar attitude from the painter in season 4. That’s how the lord will feel special and loved. Thus he will be encouraged to paint again and write poems. To conclude, Yoon Seungho will be inspired by the muse’s kisses. However, since the lord’s fate resembles the artist’s, this means that I am expecting that the aristocrat will repeat gestures from season 1: (chapter 1) Nonetheless, the lord will treat them differently: he won’t put them on his loins directly, but kiss them gently. (chapter 73) However, in season 4, such a kiss on the hand can only happen during the day, for it would be the positive reflection of this night. It will be full of gentleness and admiration! As you can see, both will encourage each other to paint and write! Both are muses. This explicates why Byeonduck announced that season 4 would contain many romantic scenes. Both will feel special and treasured and the kisses on the hand are the expression of their spiritual love and admiration. At the same time, this kiss/bite could trigger Yoon Seungho to become more creative in his love session. 😂 I doubt that Yoon Seungho will ever say that he had enough sex, for he had been starving for love all his life! The muse’s kisses will be a source of inspiration for poems, paintings but also for new sexual positions! 😉 And we never saw the position 69 again: (chapter 45) Here the lord was acting like a teacher. He was passive, for he was smoking. In reality, he was imitating the pedophile. Hence expect a new version of 69!

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Mad Place: Contrition of the pure sinner ⛪👨‍❤️‍👨

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First of all, I would like to thank the author Junah 😍😘 for mentioning my first essay about Mad Place on Lezhin in the creator’s note. Imagine my surprise and my joy, when I saw this. It truly means a lot to me, for I felt that my dedication and work were recognized.

1. Sin versus purity

But let’s turn our attention to the manhwa and season 2. I had already sensed the presence of religion in season 1, and this interpretation got reinforced in season 2. It even became more obvious in special episode 2 which I will elaborate more in details later. In my first analysis about the main characters, I had compared the chaebol’s son to a mysterious ghost and Gu Sehyuk to a sinful priest. The prosecutor’s house was like a temple dedicated to the “spirit” Gu Sihwan and the picture on the shelf served as an altar. And observe that in season 2, the protagonist confided to the suspect Ideun that he had felt the presence of Sihwan’s ghost in the house. (chapter 36) Hence you comprehend why my new title is once again referring to faith and sin. On the other hand, the readers could be surprised by the choice of my new title. How is it possible that a sinner can be pure? This represents a contradiction. I chose this oxymoron for two reasons. Junah ended season 2 with the same contrast: (chapter 44) In this scene, the prosecutor is pronouncing Ha Ideun for “guilty” for murdering Kim Jintaek. (chapter 44) However, in that moment the author chose to show the hand of Ha Sungmin, who is about to remove the mask of Ha Sungyeob. This means that the so-called brother is about to commit a murder on the former CEO, his official father. Thus I am deducing that despite the verdict of the prosecutor, Ha Ideun is actually innocent. The “real guilty” versus the “fake one”.

In addition, observe that when Gu Sehuyk is confronting the suspect Ha Ideun about the charges pressed against him, at no moment the chaebol is worried or scared. In verity, he looks calm and relaxed. (chapter 44) It was, as if a burden had been removed from his shoulder and heart. Furthermore, in special episode 2, the protagonist’s innocence became even more obvious. In his nightmare, Ha Ideun is imagining himself wearing a white bathrobe in a white room. Moreover, he looks busy cleaning himself. If you read my essays about Painter Of The Night, you are probably aware of the signification of white and “cleaning”. It is an allusion to purity and purification. Finally, Ha Ideun said that he would never lie by commision. (chapter 11) Everything is pointing out about Ha Ideun’s innocence.

However, he could be perceived as a “sin” and “sinner”, for he is not wearing the same name than his brothers: Not Sung- but Ideun! His name displays that he is the result of an illegitimate affair. (chapter 39) Hence the reporter Yoo Tae describes him as a bastard, and the official mother Choi Seolhwa doesn’t recognize the protagonist as her son. She doesn’t even call him by his name, but by the expression “the boy”. (chapter 41) He is not part of the family. On the other hand, Ha Sungmin and Ha Sungjoon views Ha Ideun as a relative. (chapter 37) We could even say that Ha Sungmin views himself as his owner, even as a surrogate father, for he was the one who raised the main lead. (chapter 37)

2. Crime or sin?

Nevertheless, I would like the manhwaphiles to keep in their mind two important aspects. First, it is important to make the distinction between a criminal and a sinner. The former belongs to the justice system, while the latter is a religious concept. In the essay “Innocent or not guilty?”, I had already outlined the difference. An accused will never be pronounced “innocent”, in the best case he can be found not guilty. Hence the defendant can still be judged as a sinner. His action or words could be judged as morally wrong or they contributed indirectly to a negative outcome.

In this manhwa, Ha Ideun is suffering from a immense guilt. Therefore he dreams that he will end up in hell. The demons are dragging him to hell. (special episode 2) He feels responsible not only for the death of Gu Sihwan but also for the death of Kim Jintaek. This explicates why in his nightmares, the suspect had the impression that he had stabbed himself the victims. (chapter 21) (special episode 2) The hands covered with blood were the symbol of his guilt. The manhwalovers can comprehend why Ideun felt terrible towards the prosecutor. Thus he constantly apologized to the prosecutor by kissing Gu Sehuyk’s wounds (chapter 13) (chapter 23) or by voicing his apology directly. (chapter 44) However, as you can imagine, the chaebol never killed the brother or the criminal. I have no doubt about it. He shouldn’t blame himself for their death. On the other hand, Ha Ideun is definitely involved in their vanishing. Thus Ha Sungmin blames him for everything. Ha Ideun is perceived as a sinner. And that’s how he judges himself too, therefore he dreams of being sent to hell. So when the prosecutor declares Ha Ideun (chapter 44), we should view it from a religious perspective. In verity, it is the priest Gu Sehyuk speaking to the chaebol. By recognizing his “sins”, the wrongdoer has the opportunity to seek contrition. It will help him to reveal his suffering which has been buried. This is no coincidence that the night before this “sentence”, the main lead begged Gu Sehyuk for his forgiveness. (chapter 44) Only the “priest” Sehuyk can give him the opportunity to confess his “sins” and obtain forgiveness. That’s his fault that his brother died, though the prosecutor is well aware that this is not correct. That’s the reason why I believe that during that night, the chaebol confessed to his lover about his past action, though we didn’t see it. Gu Sehuyk had already voiced that he would trust him no matter what. The other evidence for this interpretation is naturally the suspect’s nightmare in special episode 2. This scene took place right after the sexual abuse from Ha Sungmin. But what sin did Ha Ideun commit exactly?

3. Ha Ideun’s “sin”

This is related to the investigation about the slush fund. (chapter 8) which is linked to corruption and the project Heaventown. With the slush fund, Ha Sungmin could buy politicians and officials in order to buy the golden land in Gwanghae. (chapter 39) Note that in the beginning, Gu Sehuyk was supposed to investigate the slush fund. Yet due to his brother’s death, he was removed from the case, for he was left traumatized. His colleague Na Joohwan took over the case and look how it ended: (chapter 8) They found nothing which is highly suspicious. I am suspecting the smiling deputy prosecutor general behind the cover up. (chapter 8) I have two clues for this theory: he got promoted within a short time, he became deputy prosecutor general, and he is wearing glasses. After reading so many manhwas, I made the following discovery: characters with glasses are hypocrites and even backstabbers. 🧐 [For more read the essay “The significance of masks in manhwas”] Then the reporter Yoo Tae was supported by Ha Ideun to investigate the matter, because he wanted to maintain the good reputation of Hasung Hotel: (chapter 39) Moreover, I would like to point out that 2 years later, Ha Ideun was also monitoring Kim Jintaek, this means that he was again investigating about a case, where the Hasung group was involved. This truly exposes the main lead’s righteousness and purity. He chose to do the right thing, yet each time he failed, for he was powerless. People had to die. Therefore the brother said this to Ha Ideun in his dream. (special episode 2) Both brothers are goal-oriented, yet they both stand on different sides of the law. Ha Ideun stands for law and righteousness, while the other has no conscious. The goal justifies the means. This explains why Ha Ideun would ask Gu Sehuyk as the prosecutor for this case. The latter is famous for his uprightness and pure nature. Only through him, the truth can come to light. Consequently, I am suspecting that the trial concerning the murder of Kim Jintaek will serve as a mean to unveil all the dirty deeds committed by the Ha family. On the other hand, Ha Ideun wished that his family wouldn’t get into trouble: (chapter 40) Why did he make such a request? We have many possibilities. It could be related to Ha Ideun’s goodhearted nature and pride or his fear that Gu Sehuyk could get hurt. So far, people representing a threat to the brother got eliminated. This shows that the main lead was still under the influence of the terrible huyng here.

4. The other “pure” sinner 😉

The irony is that Ha Sungmin has a perfect reputation, because he has a clean record! On the other hand, Ha Ideun is perceived as a man living in debauchery. He would have sex with different men in hotels, he would be lazy. But what is Ha Sungmin’s dream? This panel exposes everything: (chapter 26) his ambition and greed. He would like to dominate the town and even the economy. His mentality is strongly influenced by his mother who appears as ruthless and selfish too. (chapter 41) She is already waiting for her husband’s death. Striking is that at no moment, the villain feels remorse. Why? It is because he has been gaslighting his brother. The brainwashing is detectable in this statement. (special episode 2) If Ha Ideun hadn’t started the investigation and as such betrayed the “family”, then none of this would have ever happened. Gu Sihwan and the informant wouldn’t have died. But as you can imagine, the reality is that his project Heaventown was only possible thanks to crimes (corruption, drug, murder). Besides, I would like to point out that the former CEO Ha Sungyeob only became the president of this group after his other siblings were ruled out. (chapter 39) I am definitely suspecting that there was a battle among the family, and Ha Sungyeob definitely used illegal means to achieve his goal. The oldest sister died in a car accident, and the second brother was judged unqualified. So we could say that Ha Sungmin is actually imitating his “father’s” past behavior, though they are not biologically related. Interesting is that (chapter 25) in this scene, Kim Jintaek revealed that he had been in contact with Sungyeob. He showed no real respect to the elder by calling him “crook”, though I have to admit that I am suspecting that Ha Ideun is not Sungyeob’s son. This truly shows that the family Ha is no ordinary family.

5. Ha Ideun’s confessions and contrition

But this doesn’t explain why Ha Ideun would constantly dream of his hands covered in blood. In my eyes, it is related to the sexual abuse he suffered from his “brother” Ha Sungmin. (chapter 37) In this chapter, it was already implied, and Sungjoon even knew about this. (chapter 37) Junah added the red traces in this panel for that reason. Moreover, Ha Ideun showed signs of PTSD in season 2. On different occasions, he was seen trembling (chapter 34), sweating, had difficulties to breathe (chapter 34), he had a lost and terrified gaze (chapter 33), and he is still suffering from insomnia. He can only sleep after having sex. (Chapter 36) This is an indication that the sexual abuse took place during the night. His panic attacks could get triggered by different elements: a certain position or a specific location. He is also suicidal, displaying his self-loathing. (chapter 21) From my point of view, Ha Ideun had tried to rebell and leave his brother’s side (chapter 35), but he had failed. The stabbing is the proof of his resistance. (chapter 35) Simultaneously, he was forced to remain by his side, for he had wounded his brother. The blood on the stomach was to make the main lead feel guilty. That way, he would remain silent and passive.

After reading season 2, I couldn’t help myself associating him to Yoon Seungho from Painter Of The Night. Both are smiling ghosts, because they are masking their pain and traumatic past. (chapter 26) They could never show their true self. In my eyes, Ha Ideun stabbed his brother during the sexual abuse (chapter 33), as he tried to protect himself, thus the brother has a huge scar on his stomach. (chapter 43) This explicates why Ha Sungmin tied his hands with the belt in the hotel. He made sure that the “brother” would never reject him. It was to control him. The hyung had learned his lesson. Moreover, it was his way to “convince” him to return home. In addition, Ha Ideun was definitely confined, for the nightmare revealed that Ha Ideun was trapped. The most terrible thing is that the huyng made sure to gaslight Ha Ideun. He shouldn’t have stabbed him, he had committed a huge sin against him. That’s the reason why Ha Ideun sees his hands covered with blood in his nightmares. He views himself as a sinner. The dirty hand symbolized his guilt. (special episode 2) Thus the main lead came to internalize that sex between “siblings” is normality. Don’t forget that Sungjoon never intervened. He became an silent accomplice. On the other hand, in his subconscious Ha Ideun is well aware that this is not right. This explicates why he felt safer to have sex with strangers than living with his brother. And now you comprehend why I wrote before that the main lead’s wish (chapter 40) was related to the brainwashing. At the same time, we have now the explication why the main character’s bedroom was so white and empty. (chapter 08) All traces of violence had to be removed and cleaned.

And this observation led me to the following deduction. Since Ha Ideun feels responsible for Gu Sihwan’s death, he decided to comfort the prosecutor by replacing the brother. Because the main lead had sex with his brother, then in his eyes, it should be the same between Gu Sihwan and the prosecutor. (chapter 23) This is no coincidence that Ha Ideun asked how his sexual partner felt about their sexual encounters. It was important that Gu Sehuyk would like it. (chapter 22) That way, the main lead had the impression that he was indeed capable to replace the brother’s loss. However, like pointed out above, Ha Ideun needed the protagonist on his side too, for he wished to unveil the truth about Heaventower and the father’s illness which is connected to the drug. This is no coincidence that sex with Gu Sehyuk was connected to a confession. The sinner was seeking relief from the “priest”, at the same time he was trying to redeem himself by give warmth to the wounded prosecutor. Simultaneously, he was hoping to obtain his forgiveness. This is important, because by interacting with the prosecutor, he came to discover a new form of family. This is not surprising that at some point, Ha Ideun came to question the nature of the relationship between siblings. (chapter 25) Hence I come to the conclusion that by interacting with Gu Sehuyk, the victim adopted slowly a new religion of HOME! Don’t forget that home has different significations: a household, a mansion and a clan. What caught my attention is that Ha Ideun started calling the prosecutor’s house HOME! (chapter 26) This truly exposes that he had moved from Sungmin’s fake religion of home and family. (special episode 2) They are only a family in name and as a family in the picture. In reality they don’t live under the same roof. Under this new perspective, it becomes comprehensible why Ha Ideun feared to return to his brother’s side (chapter 29) and at the end of season 2, he chose to reveal his secret to Gu Sehuyk: the sexual and physical abuse. Therefore it is not surprising that at the end, Gu Sehuyk said this to Ha Ideun. (chapter 44) He was now considering the “suspect” as his “family”. That’s the reason why I believe that this “sentence guilty” at the end of season 2 is just a subterfuge. This can only serve as an excuse to keep him by his side. At the same time, the prosecutor Gu Sehuyk can not be suspected of favoritism, for he is suspecting a chaebol to have committed a crime. The media already reported the case to the public. Under this new perspective, I came to understand why Ha Ideun never tried to defend himself right from the start. He needed to remain a suspect, so that he could influence the prosecutor in his investigations. That way, he could discover that his brother’s case had not been truly solved…. At the same time, Ha Ideun could be considered as a sinner, for he “seduced” the priest Gu Sehuyk to have sex. So far, the man was dedicated to his work, and as such had no sex life.

To conclude, Ha Ideun is on his way to discover that he has been a victim of sexual abuse all this time, and the Ha family can only be viewed as perverted and ruthless. Through his sexual encounters with the main lead, the “suspect” discovered a new form of home (chapter 36) where equity, love and warmth were oozing which stands in opposition to the cold and aseptic “temple” of the Ha. (special episode 2) The hyung was the highest authority and Ha Ideun had to obey blindly. The position of the characters reflects the nature of the relationship between Ha Ideun and his “sexual partners”: hierarchy versus equity.

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Painter Of The Night: Suicide ⚰️🪦

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In the essay „To be or not to be“, I had explained that Yoon Seungho had intended to commit suicide, for he was convinced that his lover had died. (Chapter 102) But here is the question. How was he supposed to kill himself?

1. Yoon Seungho’s suicide

One possibility would be that he hoped to die by hypothermia. In the second season, the lord had envisioned that the painter had tried to kill himself, when he had seen his folded clothes: (chapter 61) However, the lord thought that on his way to the mountain, Baek Na-Kyum had a change of heart and had returned to his side. That’s the reason why Yoon Seungho was so obsessed with the artist’s return. Why did he come back? (Chapter 62) Yoon Seungho couldn’t imagine that the painter had developed an affection for him. This explicates why later during that night, he rejected Baek Na-Kyum’s semi-confession. He couldn’t accept that someone had come to „like“ him, as he hated himself so much. On the other hand, in the lord’s mind, the painter’s suicide had failed, for Baek Na-Kyum had changed his mind at some point. Death by hypothermia takes too much time. So when he walked through the woods with the unconscious painter, I don‘t think that he had intended to die this way. We have an important clue for this deduction. The lord had not removed his clothes at all, moreover the painter had been dressed with a purple hanbok. (Chapter 102) Finally, he was holding the artist’s head and body so closely to his warm body. This was the expression of his love for the painter. Hence warmth stands in opposition to cold. Thus how was he supposed to commit suicide?

He couldn’t stab himself, for he had no sword. Furthermore he couldn’t hang himself too, because his biggest desire was to die with the painter. He would follow him in his death. There is only one possibility left: drowning!! Note that in the final panel, the author added a pond (chapter 102) Observe that the lord’s foot print was actually going in the direction of the pond! He wanted to drown while holding the painter. He had only changed his direction, the moment Baek Na-Kyum had regained consciousness. The foot print was reflecting the lord‘s „change of heart“.

For this interpretation, I have many evidences. First, the messenger’s body was found in water. (Chapter 94). Therefore his hand and clothes were wet. Secondly, the maids said this in the bedchamber. (Chapter 91) The author developed her story by following this rule: one chapter will be reflected in the next. While in chapter 91, the maids faked ignorance about the protagonists’ whereabouts, it was not the same in the last chapter. So the vanishing of the lord and the painter did take place during that fateful night, and the staff had no idea where they were. This is no coincidence that the two characters are seen next to a pond. The maid’s words became a reality. Finally, Byeonduck had already revealed that Yoon Seungho’s mother had committed suicide. And according to me, she killed herself by jumping into a well. Furthermore, the lord was seen close to the well before the painter’s confession, (chapter 94) and during that night, he was also desperate, pained and anxious, for he feared the imminent departure of Baek Na-Kyum. In his eyes, it was only a matter of time, until he heard about Heena’s accusation. Finally, chapter 94 was a reflection of the scholar’s poem which was also connected to death. To conclude, Yoon Seungho wanted to commit suicide by going into the pond and drown himself there. However, this suicide attempt failed, for the goddess „Byeonduck“ intervened.

However, this observation raises another question. How did Yoon Seungho know about the location of this pond? Note that he was walking straight and determined to the pond. (Chapter 102) He knew where he was going!! At no moment, he was looking around. I doubt that this is related to his knowledge about the mountain and the woods, for he lived trapped for the most part of his life. From my perspective, Yoon Seungho had been informed by Kim. Moreover, the manhwaphiles should keep in their mind that in chapter 91, the maids were acting on Kim’s suggestions and orders, and chapter 102 is a reflection of episode 91. This means that this time, Yoon Seungho was following the butler’s suggestion, while the maids were kept in the dark (chapter 98-102). Kim just needed to tell him a good place where he should „bury“ the artist, and since according to traditions, the tomb had to be placed next to a stream, he just needed to give him the direction. Kim could feign ignorance about his master’s suicidal disposition. This is relevant for two reasons. My avid readers will certainly remember that I had detected the presence of 3 tombs in the last panel. (Chapter 102) For more read the essay „Hide in Plain Sight“. Under this new perspective, I realized why Kim sent Yoon Seungho there. The latter needed to die in that place so that once dead, he would be blamed for all the dead: Min and his friends, Yoon Chang-Hyeon’s messenger, Deok-Jae, the scholar, the corpse in town, the head-maid and the other servants. The moment Kim discovered “his body”, he would detect the presence of the tombs and unveil how his master had killed his own staff. The purpose was to turn Yoon Seungho into a madman. (Chapter 52) His lunacy had already been brought up in season 2. Striking is that Min had actually defended the main lead. He was not mad, for Min could understand him! (Chapter 52). Naturally, he was wrong, for he had no idea about the main lead’s martyrdom. He might have known certain aspects, but not everything.

2. Kim’s actions and intentions

But if the butler had the intention of putting the blame on Yoon Seungho, why did Kim remove the sword from the shaman’s house? Note that the lord is no longer carrying the sword, and it is not present in the shaman’s house. (Chapter 102) Let’s not forget that the main lead is called by the town folks as “lord Yoon”, while in the mansion, he is addressed as “young master”. Why? The reason is that Yoon Seungho became the owner of the mansion unofficially. (Chapter 86) The father’s treason was never revealed to the public. The town folks have no idea about the purge and Yoon Chang-Hyeon’s demotion! That’s the reason why the sword is not placed in the lord’s bedchamber. Yoon Seungho might be the owner of the bedchamber, but he is not possessing the sword. Hence he is not considered as a real lord. Moreover, the main lead received his topknot from the valet, hence his “Gwallhye” was never official too. This explicates why Yoon Chang-Hyeon imagined that once he returned to the mansion, his son would give him the seat! But no… The lies had become a reality. (Chapter 86) Yoon Seungho had come to believe in the father’s treason. On the other hand, the real owner of the sword is actually Kim. That’s why I kept saying that he was the unofficial lord of the propriety. The sword is the symbol for the aristocracy.

What caught my attention is that the staff never saw the main lead using the weapon in his mansion. (Chapter 27) When this incident occurred, only the old bearded man was present. Yet he vanished after that night. Then in season 3, the new version of Deok-Jae witnessed how the protagonist had preferred using his hands over the sword, (Chapter 80), when he had punished Yoon Chang-Hyeon’s messenger. (Chapter 82) So there was a witness who could see that Yoon Seungho would follow social norms. He wouldn’t kill servants from other nobles, he would not kill randomly.

Kim removed the sword from the shaman’s house for two reasons. It was not to protect Yoon Seungho, but himself. Don’t forget that he had been keeping the item. In addition, observe that after the hunt, the lord dropped the sword and left it behind. (Chapter 83) It was, as if the servants had become responsible for the sword. That’s the reason why they didn’t fear their master and could badmouth him. This is not surprising that they could all betray their lord. (Chapter 97, 98, 99). So we could say, the butler removed the sword in order to protect the staff and their treason.

At the same time, by removing the sword, he was also defending Yoon Chang-Hyeon, as the latter is supposed to be the “lord”. BUT the valet made a huge mistake. Why? It is because the main lead was seen with the weapon in town and in the gibang. (Chapter 99) By giving him the sword, he never recognized that he was turning Yoon Seungho into a real lord. He was not only dressed like a lord, but also he had the weapon as well. Thus the result was that by removing the weapon he hid his master’s crime. However, this was not his intention. The irony is that by taking away the sword, he actually condemned the staff. This would serve to reveal the domestics’ betrayal and abandonment. How so? It is because the butler is keeping the weapon.

On the other hand, I believe that there exist 2 swords in the story. (Chapter 26) (chapter 27) (Chapter 83) The color of the handles diverges: red versus gold-black. During the fateful night, Yoon Seungho was seen carrying the second sword, though in chapter 99 it is not quite clear. (Chapter 99) It becomes more obvious, when you look at the item in the scholar’s house. (Chapter 100) This is relevant, because once the existence of a second sword is discovered, people can detect the presence of a manipulation and trick. When he took away the lord’s weapon, he became guilty by association. He was de facto his accomplice. Hence the main lead can not suspect his treason. On the other hand, since Kim thought that Yoon Seungho was dead, he is now supposed to return the sword to Yoon Chang-Hyeon, as he is a noble. The father assumes the son’s culpability. Naturally, Kim’s main goal is to remain in the mansion. So he has to ensure his safety first. Hence once he discovers that his trick didn’t work out, he will put the whole blame on someone else. My point is that the sword will serve as a mean to identify the “culprits”. But this doesn’t end here. Yoon Seungho was supposed to kill himself with the painter in the pond, so in the butler’s mind, Yoon Seungho wouldn’t see the tombs. However, remember that in order to deceive his master, he must have mentioned the pond as a proper place for a burial. The moment the lord recognizes his mistake, he could pay more attention to his surroundings and notice the graves. (Chapter 102) According to me, people from Yoon Seungho’s staff got buried there. This means that from that moment on, the main lead could question the presence of these tombs, and why servants from his staff got killed. And that’s how the discovery of Deok-Jae’s corpse will be brought to the surface again. How come that his body was still in the mansion (chapter 97), when the master was talking to the authorities? The latter should have kept the corpse for the investigation. As you can see, I am predicting that the treason from the staff will come to light in season 4. And we have an important witness: (Chapter 94) According to me, the new version of Deok-Jae will play an important role: the denunciator, for he was a witness of the staff’s departure.

In the end, Yoon Seungho will be perceived as a victim, though he is indeed a murderer. This would be his karma. In the past, he was the biggest victim, but he was always blamed for everything. Now, his position is switched. At the same time, keep in mind that the bloodbath only took place, because the main lead had been manipulated. Kim had taken advantage of his knowledge: Yoon Seungho’s murderous and suicidal thoughts. (Chapter 55) Thus I come to the conclusion that Yoon Chang-Hyeon’s past and wrongdoing will come to the surface. He was a traitor, but he was spared thanks to his son. (Chapter 37) Yoon Seungho’s position as the real head of the Yoons will become a reality. And the proof is that the protagonist had his own sword. Yoon Chang-Hyeon used the staff to take over the house, and he was even willing to sacrifice his own messenger out of greed. Imagine the humiliation for the father who dreamt of glory and power, but he experienced the opposite. Why? It is because of his arrogance and ignorance which stands in opposition to “understanding”. Hence I am already imagining Yoon Chang-Hyeon’s suicide. He won’t be able to support people’s gaze and his shame. Besides, due to his bad decisions, Yoon Seungho’s mother was driven to suicide. If Yoon Chang-Hyeon claims his innocence, no one will ever believe him, for he was the one who violated social norms first. He abandoned his son, he trespassed the eldest son’s property without announcing his visit. Keep in mind that he barged in the mansion with his guards! (Chapter 86) He broke so many laws. (Chapter 69) And the new version of Deok-Jae could reveal that Yoon Seungho was so caring that he would let the doctor treat injured servants. To sum up, the butler will betray not only the patriarch, but also the staff. But this doesn’t end here. We shouldn’t forget father Lee’s involvement.

3. Father Lee’s desire: Yoon Seungho’s suicide

Father Lee didn’t just wish to remove the painter, for he had been the victim and witness of his son’s crime. When the father had met the protagonist, he had been reminded of his son’s past sin and his own wrongdoings. (Chapter 67) The lord’s existence truly represented a threat to the Lees. (Chapter 82) He was the troublesome witness of Lee Jihwa’s sins. According to me, the elder Lee had retaliated after this incident. It was important that the main lead vanished, especially after Yoon Chang-Hyeon had failed to control his son. Don’t forget that the red-haired elder had tried to use the father for his own interests. He needed to bury his son’s wrongdoings. Simultaneously, it was important that Jihwa and his own involvement remained hidden. If there was a chaos, only the Yoons should be blamed for this. And the best solution was the main lead’s death. (Chapter 67) Yoon Seungho could complain to the authorities and even to the king. The lord’s suicide was the perfect solution for everyone after the painter’s death. Exactly like in the past, the main lead would become responsible for the mess. And this perception gets reinforced, when Yoon Chang-Hyeon had mentioned father Lee’s intention to report Yoon Seungho’s wrongdoing to the police. (Chapter 86) The lord’s reply reflected the main lead’s suicidal and hopeless attitude. As you can see, there’s a strong connection between suicide and the bureau office which are both connected to father Lee.

On the other hand, I am quite sure that during that night, father Lee was well aware that his son could lose his life. No matter what… the scholar Lee was determined to keep his mansion. (Chapter 82) If Lee Jihwa had been killed, the patriarch could sweep all his son’s wrongdoings under the rug. Lee Jihwa would appear as an innocent victim of Yoon Seungho’s madness. He could even use the incident in his mansion as an evidence for his claim. At the same time, Kim resented Lee Jihwa too. So if Yoon Seungho had eliminated his childhood friend, father Lee would have a reason to accuse the main lead of his son’s murder, and Kim’s thirst for revenge would be satisfied. That’s the reason why Seokdae told his young master this: (chapter 101) He was definitely deceiving the second lead, for the police had not sent any guard yet. It was important that Lee Jihwa went to the authorities, because that way, he could prove his innocence. His clothes were clean, so he was not responsible for any bloodbath.

To conclude, during that night father Lee had long abandoned and betrayed his own son. And this was already perceptible in season 2. The father could no longer hide his disdain and resent for the second lead. (Chapter 67) Therefore it is not surprising that his son imitated him in front of the scholar’s house. (Chapter 101) He ran away so that the father would have to clean up the mess, exactly like in the past. The only difference is that this time the elder Lee would be held responsible for the son’s crimes. Yet, as you already know, father Lee had been involved in the scheme. I realized that from now on, the schemers are forced to face justice  or divine retribution.

So this means that when the lord gave up on his suicide, he threw a spanner in the works of the elders: Kim, father Lee and Yoon Chang-Hyeon. The authorities could discover that father Lee and Yoon Chang-Hyeon had been working together. At the same time, we shouldn’t forget the noble with the mole. Why was he not present during the night? According to Lee Jihwa, Min and the man with the purple hanbok were close and very attached to each other. (Chapter 59) His absence and passivity could be perceived as a treason and abandonment towards Min. In addition, he was also present, when Min made the following suggestion: kill the painter. He never sent away Black Heart and Lee Jihwa. On the other hand, the other nobles chose to leave the pavilion, because they didn’t desire to be part of the scheme. (Chapter 43) In addition, in season 1 and 2, the noble with the mole had been assisting Min (chapter 9, 36, 43). He was also present during the second lead’s humiliation. (Chapter 57) Here he had abandoned Lee Jihwa and his betrayal didn’t get detected. Hence with Lee Jihwa’s vanishing, the man could get into trouble. This would be his karma: betrayal and abandonment due to his silence and passivity. He never stopped the two nobles. People could come to the conclusion that the man had betrayed and abandoned his lover Black Heart and had sided with Lee Jihwa, for they were no longer seen together. Finally, the author had released this panel: (tweeted) As a conclusion, the lord’s failed suicide could lead to a purge, the families close to the Lees. Yet, I don’t think that Kim will get into real trouble right away. Why? It is because as long as he has people by his side, he can always use them as his shield and scapegoats. Thus we should assist to the disintegration of the staff, especially since the head-maid disappeared. The latter symbolized the cohesion of the household, the “we”. (Chapter 46) The butler’s downfall can only happen, when he is abandoned by “lord Song” himself (alias the king). Yet, this can only happen, when he discovers Kim’s manipulations and wrongdoings. There’s no ambiguity that the butler has deceived the man, as he embodies Treason and Disloyalty. That’s my interpretation and prediction.

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Painter Of The Night: The vanishing of Baek Na-Kyum’s white headband 🤕

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I have already examined Baek Na-Kyum’s white headband in different essays (f. ex. “the significance of the white headband” or “Baek Na-Kyum’s origins” or “Coming Of Age” or “Baek Na-Kyum’s childhood”). Hence anyone could come to the conclusion that there is nothing left about this topic. Yet once again another detail caught my attention which led me to new thoughts.

1. Yoon Seungho’s action

Everything started from this panel. (Chapter 53) Yoon Seungho was about to remove the white headband. Why? In my opinion, he was under the influence of his subconscious/unconscious. However, the main lead couldn’t remove it because of Min’s intervention. (chapter 53) Striking is that the presence of the white headband could be seen as a justification for Yoon Seungho to treat the protagonist as his servant later. This is no coincidence that during that night, he was offered to the guests. (chapter 54) Nevertheless, observe that after that night, the aristocrat never took away the white headband from Baek Na-Kyum. When the latter woke up, it was still on the artist’s head. Why? (chapter 55) In addition, the artist’s hair was not even in disarray contrary to chapter 38 or chapter 89 . This shows that during that night, Yoon Seungho had kept his distance from the artist. He had not dared to touch his hair and face out of self-loathing. He was full of remorse and felt dirty.

On the other hand, a few hours later, Baek Na-Kyum was no longer wearing the white bandana. (chapter 55) How did this happen? Why was it removed? Since Yoon Seungho was ill, the latter couldn’t be the one behind this. Here, I would like the manhwaphiles to keep in their mind the following rules:

  1. The painter’s fate mirrors Yoon Seungho’s.
  2. There’s always a reflection within the same chapter.
  3. The previous episode will be reflected in the next, yet there will be little changes.
  4. Chapters from previous seasons will be reflected in the next.

2. Chapter 55 revisited

That’s how I always came up with new interpretations and perceptions. But let’s return our attention to Baek Na-Kyum’s white headband in chapter 55. As you can imagine, it is related to Kim. How so? Let’s not forget that when Yoon Seungho had confessed to the painter in the morning, the door was open. This means that anyone could hear the lord’s words. (chapter 55) Observe that the artist had remained under the lord’s hanbok all the time. In this panel, you could see that the door was still wide open. This means that Kim could hear his master’s confession addressed to the painter. I have two evidences for this theory. First, in chapter 37, the butler had not even closed the door, hence he could spy on the conversation between the Yoons. (chapter 37). Therefore a similar situation has to take place in season 2. This corresponds to rule 4. Secondly, in the same chapter, the painter had heard the butler’s description about the main lead’s illness. (chapter 55) And note that in this scene the door was even close! This represents rule 2. The only difference between Baek Na-Kyum and Kim was that the former didn’t listen to their exchange of words on purpose. To sum up, Kim had spied on the couple on purpose. And if you read my analyses about chapter 56, you are all aware that the main lead had anticipated the painter’s desertion. Why? It is because his semi-confession was full of reproaches, pain, rage and brutality. He was showing his ugly side to the painter. (chapter 55) in order to push him away. He had murderous and suicidal thoughts. (chapter 55) In Yoon Seungho’s mind, anyone hearing such words would get upset and scared.

The lord could only appear as a selfish and violent madman.

And that’s how Kim thought as well. The latter could only jump to the conclusion that Baek Na-Kyum wouldn’t desire to remain by Yoon Seungho’s side, especially after hearing this reproach: (chapter 55) It was, as if the noble was saying that he would go crazy, each time he would see Baek Na-Kyum’s face. The irony is that Yoon Seungho was just describing his racing heart “My emotions swing wildly this way and that”, and he had difficulties to express himself properly. He had problems to distinguish his mind from his heart, for he had been denying the existence of emotions all this time. Simultaneously, his beating heart was also connected to his past anxieties and wounds which were all linked to his abandonment issues. He was longing for love. In other words, Yoon Seungho was facing the same problem than Baek Na-Kyum’s. He couldn’t differentiate fear from love. (chapter 41) (chapter 68), as both were strongly connected to each other due to their abandonment issues. This means that once the butler heard the lord’s confession, he envisioned that the artist would leave the mansion. But he could never make such a suggestion directly, because his betrayal would be detected. Hence he had to push Baek Na-Kyum to remove the headband from his head. The moment he had no white bandana, he could be considered as a free man. But how could he manipulate the young man? By simply removing the lord’s headband!! 😮 That’s the reason why Yoon Seungho had no headband in this episode! Since in chapter 53 the removal of the headband was influenced by the subconscious, it was the opposite in chapter 55! This was a conscious choice, Kim’s decision. And now, you comprehend why the protagonist was dressed like this! (chapter 55) The painter was encouraged to imitate his lover. The butler could justify his action by saying that it was for the lord’s best interest. He was sick, and it was much more comfortable and easier to treat him. However, this was actually a transgression, for Kim had acted on his own volition. Don’t forget that the topknot was considered as a very intimate part, the symbol for the phallus, for it is connected to “adulthood and manhood”. Yet Kim had never received the lord’s authorization. From my point of view, Kim imagined that while he was away fetching the doctor, the painter would leave the domain. The irony is that the painter was following the butler’s past advice. (chapter 52) He had remained by his side as a dutiful and concerned domestic. Observe what the butler was carrying in the courtyard: the bucket! And that’s the moment the painter was encouraged to act like a servant, hence right after the readers could witness the return of the white headband. (chapter 52) As you can see, episode 55 was a reflection of chapter 52. This is no coincidence that in chapter 55, the painter was seen carrying the item as well. (chapter 55) Yet, I detected a contrast. The bucket of water was necessary in chapter 55, for the main lead was suffering from a fever. (chapter 55) And this confirms my interpretation about the butler. In the courtyard, he was faking diligence. (chapter 52) Why was he walking away from the bathroom? This is not the way to the kitchen either, and observe that the foot prints are not coming from the well, but from the bathroom. He might have been wearing his white headband, but in verity he is not living like a dedicated domestic. That’s the reason why I am more than ever convinced that Kim was the one behind the vanishing of the painter’s white headband and his motivation was to incite the painter to abandon Yoon Seungho. I discovered two proofs for this theory. It is related to rule 2. Since the valet Kim had asked the painter in the bedchamber to take care of the lord,. (chapter 55) the negative reflection would be that the butler had not requested his assistance in the past. Hence the author showed the bucket in this image.. The painter had acted on his own accord before. (chapter 55) Then in the physician’s office, the lord pushed the main lead’s hand away. He had not given his permission to approach him and remove the hat. (chapter 58) (chapter 58) The painter had been imitating the butler’s past action with the same intention. However, as you can see, this gesture was perceived as a wrongdoing. And in the same episode, what did we see? The bucket!! (chapter 58) This time, it was Kim who had vanished from the physician’s home. He had used the water to explain his departure from the room. According to me, he had met No-Name during that night. This can only reinforce my perception that Kim had been hoping that the painter would vanish during the lord’s illness. This corresponds to rule 3. But the final evidence for this is the lord’s departure of the mansion in chapter 56!! (chapter 56) During their conversation, the lord was still without his headband. This explicates why Kim was caught by surprise, when he discovered his master’s disappearance. (chapter 56) It is because he had not put his headband himself. How could Yoon Seungho leave the mansion without his headband and hat? Yoon Seungho had prepared himself. (chapter 56) Simultaneously, I would like to remind the manhwaworms of the following situation. The valet had pulled his master from his sleep by changing the position of the lights. Hence it was still during the night. (chapter 56) The chandelier was no longer by the lord’s bedside. So when Yoon Seungho interrogated Kim about the artist’s whereabouts, we should perceive the valet’s answer under a different perspective. (chapter 56) He was NOT telling the truth! How is it possible, since we saw the painter having a dream in the study? Simply, because the valet was assuming that once Baek Na-Kyum had been sent away, he would seize the opportunity to desert the propriety. Kim had envisioned that the artist would run away during that night. In his mind, he had not escaped during the day, for he had not the opportunity. But in the middle of the night, it was a different story. Moreover, in the past, the artist had left the domain during the night too. (chapter 46) And the evidence for this interpretation is the drop of sweat on the valet’s cheek. (chapter 56) The symbol for deception in Painter Of The Night. That’s the reason why he made the following suggestion: “Shall I fetch him?” If he had gone there, and “discovered” the painter’s vanishing, he would appear as innocent. He had taken care of Yoon Seungho during the night, hence he had not been able to pay attention to the artist’s moves. This explicates why Kim never mentioned that the artist had taken care of his lover during that night. If he had done this, the lord wouldn’t have fallen so easily into the scheme the next time (The kidnapping and attempted murder). To conclude, the disappearance of the painter’s white bandana exposed more about the valet’s personality. His knowledge is based on his past experiences and observations, but more importantly Yoon Seungho’s mentality is reflecting the valet’s. Yoon Seungho thought that his confession would scare the painter away, and this is what the butler thought either. But he was proven wrong. This is not surprising that at the end, he had to become proactive himself. [For more read the essay No matter what … the painter must vanish] ] In addition, the readers can grasp how the butler made the huge mistake to believe that the painter was dead in season 3. Since the lord was convinced that Baek Na-Kyum was dead, it was the same for the butler. But by removing the lord’s headband, the butler never realized that he brought the painter closer to Yoon Seungho. In his bed, he no longer appeared as a noble, but as a simple and weak man. (chapter 55) Each intervention from Kim had the opposite effect. Why? It is because the painter is suffering from abandonment issues. By hearing that the lord wished affection and admiration from him, the painter could only be moved. How could he abandon someone who longs for attachment, when he was longing for the same? This explicates why the painter could perceive the lord’s despair and pain behind the “ugly side”. Moreover, chapter 55 represents another proof that Kim has always spied on his master, and this for his own sake. In season 1, he was bold enough to leave the door open, in chapter 55, he could take the opportunity, for the lord had opened the door himself. If he had been caught, he could justify his presence that he had seen the door open. And now, you are probably thinking that there is nothing more to say. However, you are wrong!!

3. Yoon Seungho’s third eye

Remember that my starting point was this: (chapter 53) Why felt the lord compelled to remove the painter’s white headband? In my first essay about this item (“the significance of the white head-band”), I had demonstrated that the bandana was representing a hindrance to the lord’s biggest desire: to caress the painter’s head. He loved his hair. However, I believe that there exists another reason for this. It is because the protagonist definitely met Baek Na-Kyum in his childhood and remembers him without the headband!! However, this memory has been deeply repressed, as it is related to his own traumatic past. That’s the reason why he is influenced by his subconscious. First, we have this scene where Yoon Seungho got dragged away, while the painter was crying. (chapter 68) Here he was not wearing the headband. (chapter 68) During a live stream, the author revealed that the painter was present, when Yoon Seungho arrived with his father and Kim. So both definitely saw each other. Striking is that in this scene, the scholar never wiped the artist’s tears, a gesture that Yoon Seungho has always done right from the start. (chapter 1) Jung In-Hun just embraced him and took him away from the gibang. In my eyes, Yoon Seungho’s unconscious has internalized their past encounter and he remembers him as a young boy dressed like a noble!! Note that during that night, he was even wearing good clothes, while in season 1, he had no white shirt and white pants. (chapter 1) He was dressed like a low-born which stands in opposition to chapter 68, 87 and 94. (chapter 94) And this observation made me question this. Where does Baek Na-Kyum’s passion for drawing and painting come from? Observe that in his memories, the painter is never seen drawing!! (chapter 94) He is not even accompanied with a brush and paper. He is not drawing in the sand. Moreover, when he mentions the scholar, he only talks about his emotions, (chapter 94) yet at no moment, he brings up painting again. On the other hand, painting is his passion, he felt terrible, when he had to renounce on his fascination for drawing. (chapter 75) That’s the reason why I am suspecting that Yoon Seungho could have played an influence on Baek Na-Kyum in the past. All these scenes (chapter 94) are not random in my opinion. They are all strongly intertwined with Yoon Seungho’s destiny. It is possible that during the same day, the painter saw Yoon Seungho, and here he was seen wearing a scarf and lined clothes which reminds me of this wardrobe. (chapter 94) This is important, because Heena has such a biased view about nobles. They are all violent and filthy liars!

So imagine her reaction, when she saw that Yoon Seungho showed an interest in her brother. She could only object to their relationship. And this would explain why little by little, Baek Na-Kyum fell into disgrace. First, he lost his braid, then at the end he was dressed up like a domestic. This was reflected by his clothes. As time passed on, he would resemble more and more to a servant.

But let’s return our attention to the night of the fake sexual lessons.

What if Yoon Seungho had asked her about her brother (chapter 68), and the rumor about the main lead’s sexuality was already circulating? However, the adults misunderstood the situation. The two children just wished to play. This would explain why Yoon Seungho showed his cheerful side to the painter later. He loved playing pranks… and Baek Na-Kyum has a similar disposition. He loves playing. This is perceptible, when you take into consideration of the author’s drawings created for stans. Baek Na-Kyum is seen playing with snow, (chapter 46), Thanks to Yoon Seungho, he could play and even laugh. This shows that both children couldn’t play like others in the past.. They were forced to become adults very early on. They had to become responsible for the adults (noonas, the Yoons and Kim!).

Another reason for the parents’ intervention could also be political. The elders (Heena, father Lee and Jung In-Hun), they were opposed to this relationship. Why? According to me, the painter is related to the king.

Besides, why would the noonas from the dream say this? (chapter 87) As you can see, I sense that the protagonists already had a relationship in the past, but due to the intervention of adults, they forgot it. Moreover, the story keeps going in circle. Thus I don’t think that this is no coincidence that Yoon Seungho would give the painter his shirt! (chapter 39) Baek Na-Kyum was dressed similarly in the past. (chapter 68) And it is the same with the scarf. (chapter 74) (chapter 94) In my eyes, the clothes and the hair from the painter have one purpose: to trigger the protagonist’s memories! And it is the same with Yoon Seungho’s hair (the braid). Both have forgotten their common past. And now, you comprehend why Heena tried to convince her brother that he had developed a strong attachment to the scholar. (chapter 68) It was to divert his attention and to ensure that he wouldn’t remember Yoon Seungho. But there’s another reason why I believe that the painter’s affection for Jung In-Hun was not that deep in the beginning. It is because of this panel. (chapter 1) This image represents the learned sir’s memory. In this episode, the main lead is always wearing the pink shirt with the headband! However, like I could demonstrate it, the painter was not wearing it in his childhood. This exposed the teacher’s distorted memory. What caught my attention is that the man portrayed the main figure as someone obsessed with sex. He implied that he would only paint erotic pictures of sodomy. (chapter 1) However, in this image, the artist was much older. According to me, he had painted, because he had been forced to. At the same time, he insinuated that this was the artist’s favorite topic since his childhood. But by describing Baek Na-Kyum like this, he was occulting the true origins for the painter’s passion. Why would he love drawing in the first place? In my opinion, it is related to Yoon Seungho’s passion as well.

To conclude, I come to the same conclusion than certain readers. Baek Na-Kyum met Yoon Seungho as a child, and the latter was in reality the one who incited the main lead to paint. This explicates why Jung In-Hun was connected to the moon and not the day. (chapter 94) Furthermore, he is not even connected to painting. Here, the boy was seen walking in the street alone. (chapter 94) Don’t you find it weird? So he could have met Yoon Seungho during the same day, and no one noticed his absence, for the noonas were either sleeping or busy. This shows how destructive prejudices and fears can be! They definitely ruined two innocent and pure children. 😭

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Steel Under Silk: A dagger 🗡️hidden behind a smile 😊

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Anyone reading this manhwa will recognize immediately that the title of this essay is the same than the one selected by the author Snob for season 1. But why did she choose such a title in the end?

1. The identity of the dagger and the smile

One might say that the answer is quite simple. If you read the synopsis, this is what you find:

“Hiding a blade behind his beautiful smile, like silk hiding steel, Yeonjo waits for his moment to strike.”

It looks like the dagger is referring to Lee Yeonjo and his desire to get revenge. The smile is an indication that he is hiding his true intentions. In other words, the title is displaying that the person is a skilled but dangerous actor. The smile is diverting the counterpart’s attention faking emotions. However, I would like to point out that the young protagonist is never seen smiling. He is either angry (chapter 5), stoic (chapter 20), pitiful (chapter 20) or enraged and afraid (chapter 9). The only times we saw him smiling in the present occurred in front of lord Chang and each time, he was making fun of his sponsor: (chapter 5) (chapter 16) In both occasions, he was smirking, criticizing lord Chang for his behavior. He wouldn’t mince his words at all. Here, he was brutally honest. This contradicts the previous statement,

“Hiding a blade behind his beautiful smile, like silk hiding steel, Yeonjo waits for his moment to strike.”

, as the smile serves as a way to hide the future assault. In this story, the smile serves as a mask. It should hide the true thoughts from the character, it is a dishonest facial expression. Yet, with the administrator, he was totally honest, when he smirked. On the other hand, we could say that Yeonjo’s words worked like a dagger, when he made fun of Chang Moonwon. However, the synopsis is actually referring to Kwong Hee-Ryang as the target and not to the administrator of work.

Moreover, when Lee Yeonjo rejected the protagonist for the first time (chapter 9), he let him perceive his true emotions and thoughts. That’s the reason why the noble compared him to a wild kitten showing his claws. (chapter 13) This means that Kwon Hee-Ryang was well aware of Lee Yeonjo’s true intentions. The young slave was trying to seek revenge. But the governor didn’t mind it at all, because in his eyes, the thin and small domestic doesn’t represent a true danger to him. In the worst case, he can get a new scar and that’s it. (chapter 18) On the other hand, Lee Yeonjo would lose his life. To conclude, the dagger hidden behind the smile is not truly referring to the uke in my eyes. We know his intentions and his past. Moreover, he is a poor actor in front of Kwon Hee-Ryang. He is incapable to control his facial expressions,which explains why the official can read him like an open book: (chapter 23) He tells him lies, but the governor doesn’t fall for it at all. (chapter 22) In verity, the main lead uses the statements from the innocent slave to his own advantage. If he was coerced and raped by Chang Moowon, then Kwon Hee-Ryang will treat him differently. The governor takes each confession from Lee Yeonjo at his words. The result is that the young slave is put in a position where he can choose. He has to prove the veracity of his words and as such his willingness that he selected the main lead in order to improve his living conditions. He has no other choice than to act on his own free will. Thus Kwon Hee-Ryang said this: (chapter 20) Yeonjo is forced to turn his lies into a verity. This explicates why the servant admits that he needs to be such a great actor that he has to believe in his own lie. (chapter 20) Note that in this image, the young protagonist is not even smiling, he is acting pitiful hoping to get the lord’s sympathy. However, during the intercourse, he is unable to control his true emotions. On the one hand, he is taking pleasure in this, on the other hand, he rejects sodomy due to social norms. (chapter 23) Yet, his mouth is betraying him once again. (chapter 23) That’s the reason why Kwong Hee-Ryang interrogated Yeonjo, for he had noticed his dissatisfaction. (chapter 23) As a conclusion, so far Lee Yeonjo can not be perceived as the dagger hidden behind a smile! From my perspective, this title is actually hinting to Kwon Hee-Ryang.

2. Kwon Hee-Ryang, the real dagger

First of all, the official is constantly smiling, especially when he is meeting his enemies. (chapter 3) Here, he was complimenting the headman Choi, though he had already perceived his wrongdoings and motivations. Yet, he was still giving the impression that he was in a good mood. Then (chapter 3) when he had organized a huge feast for his new appointment in order to deceive the nobles from the hojok, he continued smiling, though he had been insulted as a host. (chapter 3) And note how he replied to the attack to Kwak Gilsoo. He overlooked the insult and reproach, and showed generosity and leniency. (chapter 3) He acted, as if he only had pure intentions and he was a man of honor. The irony is that he had long selected his target: (chapter 3) The lieutenant colonel Lee. This is no coincidence that he was smiling, when he explained to his assistant his next move (chapter 6) There was a light smile on his lips, when he offered the poisoned wine to his prey. (chapter 6) No one suspected that he would poison the lieutenant colonel Lee, for he had shown no sign of hostility and arrogance in front of the local lords. He had never displayed any mood swings either. In fact, he had acted like a submissive, calm and innocent governor. Once Kwak Gilsoo accused him of murdering the chief of the hojok, Kwon Hee-Ryang returned the situation to his advantage with a smirk on his face. (chapter 15) He had been insulted on many occasions, though he had treated the hojok very respectfully. (chapter 15) He portrayed himself as a benevolent governor seeking support from the hojok, yet they had somehow rejected his good will. This means that he was turning himself into a victim. He even went so far by asking the crowd if they were declaring war against him and as such the king, leaving the nobles speechless. They got defeated, for if they contradicted his words, they could only be perceived as traitors, for the appearances were against them. The man had organized a huge ceremony for them, had even treated the lieutenant colonel Lee with such a great care. Moreover, he had attended to his funeral. He had always been gentle and smiling, thus he had reasons to get upset. Suddenly the governor’s tone changed which caught the aristocrats by surprise! Hwan Hoon described the main lead like this: (chapter 15) As you can detect, we have here a reference to the dagger. To conclude, during the funeral, we have this combination between the smile and the dagger. (chapter 15) No one, not even Kwak Gilsoo, had even anticipated such an attack. But there exist two other reasons why I think that the dagger hidden behind the smile is hinting on the official, especially after associating him to the blade. On the other hand, I am expecting that Kwang Hee-Ryang’s personality will rub off on Yeonjo. The latter will become a better actor. But let’s return our attention to the governor.

I have other reasons to think like this. First, it is related to his past. We don’t know much about him. So far, I could determine that due to his lowly origins he must have fought hard to become very close to the king. However, in chapter 19, the author implied that there was some bad blood between Kwon Hee-Ryang and Lee Yeonjo’s father. (chapter 19) The official had connections to the Lees before the downfall of right-state councilor, yet the nature of their relationship is not quite clear: Ex-what? Ex-benefactor, ex-lover or ex-enemy? And according to the assistant, Yeonjo’s father must have wronged the protagonist. In my eyes, the smile from the official should be interpreted under the different light. It is hiding the scars left by the attacks from the past. That’s the reason why he is now holding a dagger in a figurative way. He was not just stabbed by a blade, he was also wounded by words, for he is just the son of a concubine. Thus he learned to use his tongue as a dagger, which we could witness during the funeral.

Secondly, during their last encounter, Kwon Hee-Ryang kept smiling while listening to the naïve slave. (chapter 20) He could see right through Yeonjo. The readers could sense that he was making fun of him. (chapter 20) There is no ambiguity that the governor was here acting, though I perceive his smile as not entirely fake. (chapter 20) He was definitely happy that the young man would seek him, as he had already voiced regret before. Nonetheless, the manhwaphiles could sense the official’s manipulations. The kiss on the scar is the best evidence. (chapter 20) Here, he was challenging Yeonjo. He should prove his honesty. Like I mentioned above, he was taking the young slave at his words. (chapter 21) That way, the young domestic could never make such reproach about him: he had raped him or coerced him. However, this signifies that the main lead is also obliged to keep his words. He has to ensure Lee Yeonjo’s comfort and safety. So while Lee Yeonjo had the impression that he could deceive his counterpart, he never realized that he had been fooled. And to his surprise, Yeonjo discovered his enemy’s true personality: he was a beast! I am quite certain that my avid readers are already aware of the symbolism of blade: the phallus! Lee Yeonjo never expected his “husband” to have such an appetite. (chapter 23) He was a monster, a beast! He thought that it would end very soon. However, Kwon Hee-Ryang was far from being satisfied. He wished more. (chapter 23) Striking is that in the last panel, the governor is smiling while holding his “dagger” which caught Yeonjo by surprise. To conclude, the dagger is not just a reference to the weapon or words, but also to sex.😉

3. Lee Yeonjo’s face

And this leads me to the following observation: the former aristocrat is very pure, because he lacks experience. Until his downfall, he had lived in a bubble, far away from politics and schemes. Then as a slave, he never discovered how treacherous the world of officials was. He only encountered sexuality through prostitution. This explicates why he loathes sodomy and gets upset that his own body is betraying him. He definitely feels pleasure. It was never his true choice in the beginning, which stands in opposition to his conversation with the official. And slowly, Lee Yeonjo is forced to reveal his orgasms and sensuality. Why? It is because he has to deceive the governor. (chapter 20) At some point, the deception will become a reality.

In addition, his purity and innocence are perceptible the way he is seeking his revenge. When he dreams of killing his nemesis, he always envisions himself stabbing him. If he truly wanted to hurt Kwon Hee-Ryang, he could have participated in a plot or even poison the governor… but no, his true goal is to wound the official with his own hands. I would like the manhwaworms to keep in their mind that he rejected the offer from headman Choi. He didn’t desire to become a spy. He didn’t consider it as a way to eliminate his nemesis. In my eyes, it is related to that fateful night. Kwon Hee-Ryang defeated Yeonjo’s father personally (chapter 1), he even got a scar. In other words, he was willing to risk his life. Thus I deduce that Yeonjo is copying him. He is facing his enemy directly, similar to a man of honor. In chapter 24, he has even a nightmare because of the stabbing, an indication that he rejects the idea of killing the man in his sleep. Besides, the governor in his own vision is exposing to him how pointless such a plan is. Kwon Hee-Ryang is not an easy target. He is very smart and observant. This can only reinforce my interpretation that Lee Yeonjo is not the dagger hidden behind the smile. However, I am expecting a transformation from Lee Yeonjo influenced by his tutor Kwon Hee-Ryang and his future experiences. Don’t forget that by becoming his lover, the slave can become the target of the hojok. Kwak Gilsoo is well aware of the governor’s sexual preferences (chapter 4) and once he hears how headman Choi got evicted from the court because of Yeonjo, the aristocrat will definitely blame the domestic for his “misery”. The aristocrat with the green hanbok envisioned that he had discovered the governor’s secret and as such vulnerability. But the official has never hidden his sexual orientation. One might accuse the governor of treason, because he has a relationship with the son of a traitor, yet this relationship could be judged differently. Lee Yeonjo could be judged as ruthless and immoral, he is sleeping with the murderer of his own family. Besides, this could be seen as a humiliation… the son has to serve the governor as his night servant. That’s the reason why Kwon Hee-Ryang said this to his assistant. It was not kindly… but indignant. (chapter 19)

What caught my attention is that Kwon Hee-Ryang is paying a lot of attention to Yeonjo’s facial expressions. The manhwalovers could sense the governor’s obsession, when the latter imagined Yeonjo having a climax. (chapter 4) Then he tried to discern the uke’s feelings in this situation and explain his reaction. (chapter 09). Finally, during their last intimacy, he kept looking at him while kissing (chapter 23) or reacted, when he saw Yeonjo’s distance. (chapter 23) Why is he so fascinated by his face? It is because it stands in opposition to his own! Note that the lord enjoys the uke’s tears. Secondly, the servant’s facial expressions are oozing genuineness. The protagonist can not control his emotions and thoughts, while Kwon Hee-Ryang is behaving the opposite. He aims to remain calm the whole time. Thus he often smiles. It is his mask. The latter is always hiding his true thoughts and emotions, while he continues smiling. This means that he can never show his pleasure or his pain to others, for they would reveal his weaknesses. Imagine that though he had been wounded that night, he acted, as if nothing had happened. (chapter 1) Yet, in reality he didn’t have the heart to erase the whole household of the Lees. (chapter 9) To sum up, Lee Yeonjo can expression emotions that the official has long repressed. Even his orgasms are restrained (chapter 23), his mouth is barely letting escape a sound (chapter 4) If I had to associate the official to two notions, I would say, he symbolizes work and control! And the smile contradicts Lee Yeonjo’s tears and moaning. This is no coincidence that he asked his lover to be called “my lord” (chapter 23) In this picture, the aristocrat mentions his blushing, but if the readers look at his facial expression, they are not able to detect his reddening. How do we explain this? It is because the lord had long internalized to control his facial expressions. However deep down, his heart was moved by the uke’s whispers. Many readers could sense his growing attachment to Lee Yeonjo. First, he stated that the protagonist would become his plaything, yet in chapter 22, he called himself the main character’s husband. (chapter 22) Then in chapter 24, Kwon Hee-Ryang was even willing to share his bed with Lee Yeonjo. This reflects the lord’s biggest desire. He wishes to keep the young man by his side. Because the slave is showing facial expressions that Kwon Hee-Ryang can not do, it is not astonishing why the governor is under Lee Yeonjo’s spell. Under this new approach, the manhwaworms can grasp why I perceive the governor as the dagger hidden behind the smile. He is a dangerous but mysterious man, and the author is slowly revealing his thoughts and also his past.

4. The blade and the smile

Before closing this essay, I would like the readers to take a closer look at this image: The lord is smiling while holding the sword in front of Lee Yeonjo indicating that the main lead will do anything to keep the uke by his side. Once again, we have the combination of the smile and the blade. Yet, this time, it is not hidden. Why? It is because their relationship is not a secret. This is the topic in the court.

Simultaneously, the domestic is taking the blade with his own hand which means that he will get hurt, an indication that the main lead will definitely get wounded in this story. This coincides with the result of retaliation. “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” Confucius (504 BC) However, I don’t think that this is truly going to happen, for the simple reason that Lee Yeonjo is not ruthless like Kwon Hee-Ryang.

On the other hand, the couple is not facing each other, a sign that their union will bring them closer due to their enemies. While seeking his revenge, Lee Yeonjo will get involved in politics, and as such he will be forced to face reality. It is about abuse of the hojok exploiting the local population. Finally, in this scene the protagonists are acting. Why? It is because they are facing adversities. On the other hand, Kwon Hee-Ryang’s hand is grabbing the slave by his throat reflecting his obsession and determination to keep the uke by his side. Once trapped behind the blade, Yeonjo won’t be able to leave. By siding with the governor, the young man never anticipated that he could get wounded because of Kwon Hee-Ryang, like this scene exposes it. (chapter 23)

Due to his pain and suffering, he didn’t pay attention to his surroundings. He has no idea about the tension between the nobles of the hojok, and how the lords are abusing their position in detriment of commoners. Finally, my avid readers can certainly recall that Lee Yeonjo is embodied by the magical purple lotus flower, implying that he is contributing to the purification of the region. It already started with the removal of the headman Choi. (chapter 11) So who is the next? However, we shouldn’t forget the administrator lord Chang who felt that he had been deceived by the governor. (chapter 17) Thus I come to the conclusion that Kwon Hee-Ryang’s plan won’t work so smoothly because of lord Chang’s intervention.

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Painter Of The Night: Hunted or wanted? 🏹🩸

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My avid readers are actually aware that Painter Of The Night is constructed like a kaleidoscope. Thus certain incidents keep occurring twice in each season. However, one might argue that this theory is not true, for the author used two hunts in season 1, yet we had no hunt at all in season 2, and only one in season 3.

  • Chapter 22:
  • Chapter 41:
  • Chapter 83:

1. The hidden chases

As you can imagine, I can refute this point very easily. First of all, in the essay „Words“, I had pointed out that in the bedchamber, the lord was acting like a hunter chasing after his prey. I had made this connection, for the main lead would utilize idioms from the lexical field of the hunt. (Chapter 73) (chapter 73) This is important, because the manhwalovers can sense a connection between sex and hunt. This means that the love session in the bedchamber from season 2 should be perceived as a new version of a hunt. And this link between sex and hunting was also present, when Yoon Seungho and Min were in the woods in chapter 41: (chapter 41) In this scene, it looked like Black Heart was trying to make a move on Yoon Seungho, while in truth Min was more obsessed with the painter. (Chapter 41) The expression „spot“ belongs also to the semantic field of chase.

Secondly, the premeditated murder could be viewed as a new version of the hunt. Yoon Seungho was the first one to bring up these two notions together: (Chapter 11) A murder disguised as an accident, the scholar would have been eaten by a tiger. What caught my attention is that No-Name requested from Deok-Jae that he should make the painter leave the mansion. o (chapter 51) It was, as if the rabbit had been chased away from its burrow or the deer had been forced to leave the woods. That way, he would become an easy target for the hunter and butcher Mumyeong. To conclude, we had two hunts in season 2 as well.

As for season 3, the second chase took place, when the painter vanished. Yoon Seungho had to track down himself Baek Na-Kyum. He was like a hunter searching for his prey, following the clues left by the “witnesses”. (Chapter 99) First, he was rushing, but the moment he received the crucial tip from his childhood friend, he approached the den silently, just like a tiger. That‘s the reason why neither Black Heart nor lord Jang nor lord Park detected his presence. (Chapter 101)

2. Yoon Seungho the hunter

Thus I couldn‘t help myself associating Yoon Seungho to a tiger. In one of my first analyses, I had compared him to an eagle and a phoenix, hence this new association seems to contradict my previous interpretation. However, the readers should keep in their mind that each character has been associated to different animals: Min was either a snake or a crow or a magpie, while Jung In-Hun could be perceived as a snake, a peacock or a chameleon. I have already compared the painter to a deer and a butterfly, so Yoon Seungho should be linked to different animals either: the phoenix and the tiger.

This predator is known to be a solitary night hunter, mainly relying on his sense of sight and hearing rather than on smell when hunting prey. This method is also employed by the main character which was particularly perceptible during the last incident. On the one hand, he listened to the words from his staff, the noonas, Seokdae (chapter 99) and Lee Jihwa (chapter 100), hence he had not the time to question the veracity of their claims or sense their manipulations. On the other hand, he could detect the difference between the blood in front of the scholar’s house and inside the building. (Chapter 100). He was following his instincts. Tigers cautiously stalk their target from the rear in attempt to get as close as possible to their unsuspecting prey. (Chapter 101) And the moment I perceived Yoon Seungho as a tiger, I couldn‘t help myself thinking that the main lead was acting like a mother looking for her lost cub!! 🐯 This would explain why the protagonist showed no mercy at all to the nobles. However, the painter is definitely no tiger. In our story, he was symbolized by the deer, which the lord had stabbed with his sword. (Chapter 22) This was an allusion to the rape. Under this new light, it becomes comprehensible why Baek Na-Kyum feared the lord so much, because he had to face his strength and fury right away. From the beginning, the painter saw his dangerous side. A deer can only perceive the tiger as a natural enemy. We could say that Painter Of The Night is a love story between a tiger and a deer!😉 This means that the lord finally showed his real fangs, when he felt that his curb or treasured deer had been wounded. (chapter 102)

And this thought leads me to the following observation, the way Yoon Seungho hurts its targets. The tiger will attempt to take down its prey with a powerful bite to the neck and/ or throat. Now, look at this: (chapter 41) The pheasant was strangled, just like Yoon Seungho used to grab the painter by the throat (chapter 48) or the chin (chapter 11). The main lead‘s hand has the same form than the bite, though it can not cut the flesh… which the sword can. Thus we saw the lord using the sword: (chapter 22) (chapter 83) (chapter 102) Even in this panel, the sword resembles a lot to the tiger‘s fang: (chapter 102) Another important element is that this predator usually targets large-bodied preys like boar, deer, humans and not rabbit or pheasant. Under this new light, it becomes comprehensible why the main lead went after a boar or the aristocrats in season 3.

“Less than a century ago, tigers and leopards prowled the Korean peninsula and ruled the hours of darkness. Their depredations in the desolate regions were so severe that porters and horse-handlers refused to travel at night ― even in fairly large groups. If they were compelled to travel at night (through the promises of more money or threats of violence), they did so with great caution, brandishing torches, striking gongs, and relying on superstitious beliefs.

According to an old Chinese saying, “The Korean hunts the tiger six months in the year and the tiger hunts the Korean the other six months.” Robert Neff Collection

Quoted from

By comparing all these hunting scenes, I detected the following parallels. The main lead would always do the mercy killing, which stands in opposition to Min or Jung In-Hun. Both disliked dirtying their own hands, it was beneath them to kill the animal themselves. (chapter 22) (chapter 41) We could say that Yoon Seungho was behaving like the tiger, who would always kill his prey in one go. Simultaneously, this reminded me of the status of No-Name, who is according to me a butcher. (chapter 60) The latter belonged to the lowest ranks of Joseon’s society, because killing an animal was a disgraceful job. On the other hand, the butcher No-Name and the tiger Yoon Seungho have something in common: killing is viewed as a necessity. It is either to survive or to end the animal’s suffering or to punish the criminals.

3. Hunting: hobby or work?

That’s how I realized that hunt and murder are similar in this story, for both are mostly presented as an entertainment. Yoon Seungho invited the scholar for a hunt, as it would give the occasion to go to the woods. (Chapter 22). And when Black Heart suggested the artist’s assassination, he always kept laughing, making it sound like a game without any terrible consequence. (Chapter 43) Lee Jihwa would remove a witch, and not a human. (chapter 43) Only Nameless painted it in all its cruelty and brutality. Not only the person would lose his life, but he would lose his identity. (Chapter 60) By removing his eyes and tongue, the victim’s face would change making him impossible to be recognized. And note that his scarf and headgear had been removed as well. It was not a game, but a deadly matter. Why would he do such a thing? The reason is simple. If no one could identify the victim, there would be no investigation. Astonishing is that hunt is a synonym for investigation and prosecution. Hence I am deducing that in season 4, the investigation should be perceived a new version of the hunt. Because of Jung In-Hun and Min, someone will be put on the wanted list. On the other side, Mumyeong’s other job is to entertain people. To conclude, there is a strong connection between killing and entertaining which the main lead destroyed during that night. He reminded the nobles that hunting means taking away a life.

On the other hand, the hunting in chapter 83 looked the exact opposite: (chapter 83) It was far more serious and deadly. The noble was acting like an obsessed and crazy man. There was no trace of fun on his face, only stress and fear. (chapter 83) Thus I am deducing that this chase had been suggested to the main lead in order to release his tension and as such in order to divert his attention from the painter. Naturally, Kim was behind this idea faking his concern for his master. The hunt was supposed to procure pleasure to Yoon Seungho, but it couldn’t, because he was afraid of losing the painter. This explains why he selected the boar as his prey. He was fearless in front of that dangerous animal, for it meant nothing to him. He didn’t mind losing his life… revealing his suicidal disposition which resurfaced later, when the father mentioned the authorities. (chapter 86) (chapter 86) But the moment the servant reminded him to pay more attention to himself (chapter 83), he abandoned the boar immediately. This shows that all this time, Baek Na-Kyum had been on his mind. Therefore it is no coincidence that he rushed home on his horse and looked for Baek Na-Kyum. (Chapter 83) He couldn’t forget that he had scared and wounded the painter in his dissociative state. This shows that the chase had not served its true purpose: entertainment. In reality, the domestics had been the ones suffering the most, for them it was definitely more work (Chapter 84) compared to the past. (chapter 23)

Another important detail caught my attention in this panel: (chapter 83) the hunter had the impression to become a target himself, thus he turned around. His situation coincides with the tigers in Joseon. The latter were hunted down by professional tiger hunters, for they represented a huge source of danger for the local population.

Some of Korea’s most dangerous and ferocious tigers were those that dwelt on the slopes of Inwangsan, just outside the Seoul city walls. These tigers often preyed on woodcutters and firewood merchants traveling to and from Goyang city ― especially at Muakjae Pass. In 1893, at least one tiger was reported to be prowling about Gyeongbok Palace ― probably hunting the tame little deer kept there. There are even claims (probably exaggerated) of tigers stalking Seoul’s gloomy, unlit streets ― the silence shattered by the screams of their unwary victims fighting a losing battle for their lives. When the tigers became too much of a nuisance, professional hunters were summoned. These men were highly respected by Koreans and foreigners for their bravery.  ” Quoted from

To conclude, the hunter can become hunted too.

4. Chased

This is interesting, because the hunter Min became himself a prey to the tiger Seungho. When I started examining this manhwa, I had interpreted this scene as a metaphor for Lee Jihwa’s destiny. (chapter 41) First, I had feared that he might lose his life, then later I had realized that this death was purely symbolic. He would lose his title and family, therefore he would become a commoner. But I had also expressed my doubts that this scene could be a reference to Black Heart, as from chapter 52 on, I had sensed that he would die. But if the pheasant is representing two characters, The Joker and Lee Jihwa, then this means that the deer in chapter 22 (chapter 22) embodies not only the painter, but also someone else. While in the past, I used to believe that it was Kim, now I come to the deduction that it was Jung In-Hun. Note that in this scene, the main lead left the prey and the scholar behind. Both got defeated. By hunting the deer, the learned sir offered this prey to the tiger Yoon Seungho, and this was the painter’s case. Furthermore, the deer was carried back home on a horse (chapter 24) reflecting the painter’s fate. (chapter 25) Who brought the horse to the pavilion? Kim and Deok-Jae! And when the learned sir departed from the mansion, he was followed by the vicious servant and the horse. (chapter 44) Everything is pointing out that the learned sir was like a deer to the hidden hunter. And by losing the painter, the scholar would lose his power over Yoon Seungho, and this is what truly happened. By leaving the main lead’s side, Jung In-Hun died.

(chapter 83) The boar symbolizes not only the nobles like Jihwa, Min, Jang or Park, but also the elders Kim, Lee, Yoon Chang-Hyeon, and as such the king. And if you consider the boar as the personification of the pedophile, the ruler, this means that the moment Yoon Seungho hunted down the nobles, he defeated the ruler in a figurative way. Thus I was wondering if in the end, the main lead would hunt down a human in season 4, Kim or the king. Don’t forget the main lead’s words to the painter: (chapter 11) It could be staged as a hunting accident. In other words, I am expecting a new form of hunt in season 4, a human will be chased, either through an interrogation or through a staged hunt. Since I believe that Kim has been working for the pedophile, we have to envision that both puppet masters will meet their doom in the next season. While the one is prosecuted for murder, the other could be killed during a hunt. Moreover, the manhwaphiles shouldn’t overlook that the king used clothes and impersonation to his advantages in the past, and according to me even in the present. (chapter 37)

Like mentioned in the previous part, Nameless explained to Lee Jihwa that he had to butcher the victim in order to hide the murder. Thus this staged crime scene looked like the scholar had been attacked by a tiger. (Chapter 88) On the other hand, the foot print and the glasses could give the impression that the learned sir had been murdered. However, after adding blood in the fake crime scene and removing the learned sir’s possessions, (chapter 100), the place could be interpreted differently. The inhabitant had been attacked by a tiger during the night. Though the painter had been the prey of these vicious nobles, the real target had been Yoon Seungho. That’s the reason why I had developed the theory that the pedophile had been not only lusting after the young master, but also targeting the Yoons.

Then I noticed an element in this image: (chapter 45) the cobweb behind Deok-Jae. Imagine that this scene took place in the middle of winter, thus the spider’s web got covered by frost. However, this indicates that this room had been abandoned for quite some time. But it is close to the gate. So it should have been the place where the doorkeeper is living. Secondly, I had demonstrated that the shrine had been neglected, for the altar had been removed. (chapter 18) Because of the presence of the cobweb, I started wondering why the author drew it behind Deok-Jae. In my eyes, it is because he was part of the spider’s web. According to me, the learned sir was killed shortly after his departure, and Deok-Jae was a witness of this assassination. That’s why I came to the conclusion that in the past, Yoon Seungho, had caught the attention of the monarch represented by the spider. Since the lord’s fate resembles the painter’s, I am assuming that we should perceive him as a butterfly too. And in order to catch its prey, the spider prepared a web, a web made of lies. Even before the start of season 3, I had declared that right from the start, the young master had been targeted. Thanks to this new parallel, I had another revelation. Remember how I had described the schemers as puppet masters, and they would view people as pawns. As the spider has 8 legs, I am thinking that the pedophile has always been using 8 persons to achieve its goal. Some were aware of the scheme, others were just manipulated. In the past, there were Father Lee, Lee Jihwa, Kim, Jung In-Hun, Heena, Yoon Chang-Hyeon, Yoon Seung-Won and No-Name. So when the story started, I believe that there was a new generation of pawns: Kim, Deok-Jae, Lee Jihwa, No-Name, the noble with the mole, Heena, Yoon Seung-Won and Black Heart. I am excluding father Lee for the simple reason that due to the topknot incident, the scholar was well aware that “lord Song” was no longer judging his family in a good light. He definitely lied low for a while. Naturally, the huge change from the past is that this time Kim had become proactive. But let’s examine Yoon Seungho’s downfall.

Since the main lead was protected by his good reputation, the first goal was to taint his reputation to the point that no one would ever remember him. He was idle, disobedient, but more importantly he was a sodomite. He had to make sure that Yoon Chang-Hyeon would abandon him. The main lead needed to become a “commoner” or “low-born” so that the pedophile could claim him. Yes, the exact opposite of this situation: (chapter 18) That’s the reason why Yoon Seungho was not dressed properly. (chapter 83) If he lived in a shed and had such a simple attire, no one would ever think that he was a noble in the first place. I believe that neither the patriarch nor the ruler had an interest to reveal his true identity. However, the protagonist had to be monitored, for he could try to escape at any moment. That’s the reason why the butler was still tasked to “take care of him”. But by becoming a male night servant for the king, this meant that the other nobles could claim him as well. He had no right. However, since the main lead was a butterfly, he couldn’t get tamed. Hence violence, manipulations and drugs were used to tame the young master. And remember how the spider kills its target: he empties it of its blood. In other word, he sucks all his energy. Therefore it is not surprising that at the end the main lead had become a wreck, and had no light in his eyes. (chapter 57) Naturally, the purge played a huge role in the lord’s suffering reinforcing the huge rift between the pedophile and Yoon Seungho.

In addition, the suicide from the main lead’s mother brought an end to this masquerade. The king could no longer feign ignorance about the main lead’s true identity, and naturally he needed to punish Yoon Chang-Hyeon for his “trick”. He had deceived him, whereas in reality he was well aware of the situation. He had to blame someone else, for he didn’t desire to become responsible for this. Besides, by fueling Yoon Seungho’s hatred for the father, “lord Song” definitely hoped to be judged in a different light. Nonetheless, because the protagonist was abused sexually, physically and emotionally, he could only fear and resent the pedophile, but he could never express it. This was a vicious circle, which ended when the main lead tried to commit suicide himself. (chapter 57)

That’s the reason why I believe that little by little, the pedophile is losing his pawns and as such his legs. The scholar had been abandoned, then later he got killed. Lee Jihwa was punished with the loss of his topknot, then he left town with No-Name. Since the main lead deserted the mansion, the ruler lost control over the protagonist. So he will blame the Lees for that. Heena ran away from the gibang. Then Yoon Chang-Hyeon has no longer any power and connection, he has to rely on his son Yoon Seung-Won or on Kim. But the elder master Yoon played a trick at the end of season 3. As you can see, the pedophile almost lost all his pawns from the past. Finally, Black Heart and his friends got killed. What started like an entertaining hunt became war in the end, for many people died. And this brings me back to Black Heart and lord Jang again.

The nobles are in truth animals. They are dogs, like Byeonduck indicated it. Therefore it is no coincidence that they don’t make a difference between hunting an animal or a human. This explains why lord Shin was abandoned behind in the cold and why Lee Jihwa was compared to a dog (chapter 101). It was not Min’s task to carry a friend… he was just a fellow puppet brought to the shaman’s house in order to entertain Black Heart. This truly exposes that Black Heart never saw in the aristocrats humans. As the red-haired master, he had been considered as the hunting dog, he had fulfilled his function. That’s why he was abandoned. He had helped Min to corner the painter and brought the kisaeng to the scholar’s home. Hence it is not surprising that the wild dogs ended up all dead. They were totally defenseless in front of a huge tiger. This feline is difficult to tame.

As for the painter, Min considered him as an animal that should entertain them. Striking is that the aristocrats’ vocabulary is revolving around violence (“break”, “bloodied”) reflecting their cruel and ruthless nature. (chapter 101) They saw in the sexual violence a new form of hunting. I would even go so far to say that they desired to turn the artist into their pet fulfilling all their desires: (chapter 101) Thus it is not surprising that Yoon Seungho was compared to an animal by his own father in the past. (chapter 83) The pedophile also desired to tame the young master, the beautiful and gentle butterfly. Thus he got brainwashed. He could never refuse anyone, he had to entertain the guests. And now you comprehend why Min said this to the painter. (chapter 101) As a punishment, he was given to lord Jang and his friend. Since Min had captured the artist, he viewed himself as his owner who would give order to his pet. Yet, a deer is a shy, but wild animal, difficult to control making it difficult to be tamed.

Min had turned into a dog, because he had been misguided. He never realized that his biggest wish was to be noticed as a human by the painter. (chapter 99) But this was impossible, for Black Heart never treated Baek Na-Kyum as a man. Hence I come to the conclusion that by meeting the painter, Yoon Seungho rediscovered his true nature: he was a free spirit, a tiger! And guess what… In Joseon, the tiger was perceived as a good talisman to chase away the evil spirit!! (chapter 102) Hence the dogs became the preys of the huge tiger. On the other hand, I am wondering if in the next season, the painter will paint a tiger and show it to his lover. So far, we couldn’t see the pictures from his childhood.

But how could the tiger earn the deer’s trust? It is because he treated Baek Na-Kyum as a human. By falling in love, Yoon Seungho rediscovered his humanity. His beating heart was the reason why he didn’t end up completely as a beast. His art moved his heart and healed his eyes. He could forget the violence and blood from his youth. Yet, at the end of season 3, Yoon Seungho has the impression that he could get hunted down, for he killed the nobles. However, since he spared the kisaengs, Seokdae and even his own staff, people will have the impression that he is not capable to commit such a crime. Why? It is because he has been portrayed as weak-hearted by the butler. He often had a change of heart.

Before closing this essay, I would like to point out that the pedophile is not just a spider, but also a dragon, for he is the king of Joseon. Hence expect in the next season a battle between a tiger and a dragon…

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Under The Green Light: “Sweet Potato?” 🥔

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Anyone reading Under The Green Light is aware that „Potato“ is Matthew‘s nickname created by Jin, when both lived in the orphanage. (chapter 39) But why did he give him such a nickname? It is related to the moment he saw clay in the child‘s hand. (chapter 29) He couldn‘t recognize what it should represent. At that time, Matthew was attempting to create a sculpture, a rabbit, as the main lead felt attracted to the rabbit that was living at the orphanage. However, the fact that Jin associated this form of clay to a potato reveals much more about Jin‘s personality than the main character realized. How so?

Because the sculpture was not finished, the protagonist had to interpret the form. Since I wished my avid readers to comprehend where this thought came from, I have to refer doctor Frost once again. (doctor Frost, chapter 2) (Doctor Frost, chapter 2) (Doctor Frost, chapter 2). Thus I deduce that the potato exposed Jin’s subconscious.

1. The signification of potato

What does a potato symbolize? First, it can symbolize love and warmth, hence there exists this custom to send a potato to a loved one. By doing so, they desired to express their care and concern for the acquaintance. They are nurturing their loved one in a figurative way. And look how he behaved with the young orphan. He would pet his head with his big hand or he would smile to Matthew. (chapter 29)

Moreover, I associate potato to humbleness and simplicity, for it is connected to agriculture and peasant hood. Naturally, “potato” can signify “stupidity or naivety”, consequently people utilize “potato-head” as an insult. This coincides with the young man’s warning: (chapter 29) He desired Matthew not to have any false hope and illusion. He should lose his naivety. Yet, the main character had no idea that the boy had already gone through a terrible experience. The suicide of his parents and the greed expressed from “adoptive parents” had opened his eyes. The adults were superficial, selfish and avid. They all had expectations from him. (chapter 29) This explicates why Matthew chose to push people away and remained silent. He just wished to be left alone. To conclude, Matthew was far from being innocent, but his meeting with Jin changed his life. Through him, he discovered that all people weren’t like that. There was hope, which is represented by GREEN,

In addition, potato can also be linked to weakness, for the vegetable is dependent on different elements like warmth through the sunlight, water and the hand of a farmer. Without them, it can not grow properly. That’s how Jin Cheungwoo judged the child. (chapter 39) He needed to be protected from the abusive priest. Besides, he became angry, for due to the adults’ intervention (they had killed the rabbit), Matthew had stopped drawing. It was, as if they had ruined his talent. (chapter 39) Jin saw Matthew as a talented, lovable but weak child who needed advices and protection. (chapter 29). He had detected his exclusion, unaware that this was actually his own choice. What caught my attention is that the future director of Shinhae acted like a surrogate parent to Matthew. He stopped the bullying and advised him to change his attitude: (chapter 31) He should become proactive. He should have desires and try to achieve them. The irony is that the young boy misinterpreted Jin’s recommendation: he should stop to rely on others, and as such to reject the money from his inheritance. He should do things on his own! He pushed him to become a sculptor. On the other hand, this association “potato” exposed Jin’s true desire: he was hungry for warmth and sweetness in his life. (chapter 39) And this is exactly what Matthew could give him through his drawings. The young man could forget his disenchantment and his suffering thanks to his art. (chapter 39) They represented an escape from his terrible life, it was, as if an breath of fresh air had entered the orphanage. Therefore it is not surprising that the main lead became very protective of the child. Both needed each other.

So when Jin gave him a nickname, Matthew could only feel that he was special to Jin. That’s the reason why the artist was hoping to be called Potato again. And his dream came true, yet the unconscious sculptor couldn’t witness it: (chapter 39). Consequently, I come to the conclusion that the nickname “Potato” actually reflects Jin’s true personality as well. Thereby he could sleep peacefully in the studio under the green light. Don’t forget that a potato grows in the dark soil. In the beginning, the director is a humble, loyal and warm man who longed to have a family and as such a home!

His hope to have a home was displayed, when he looked at the building. He dreamed to live in a skyscraper (chapter 5) He imagined that he could only obtain it, if he became wealthy and powerful. This is no coincidence that Brandon Lee gave him as a reward the building. And now, you comprehend why Jin Cheungwoo refused to follow his former boss. He had sold his soul to achieve his dream: a home, and it was for nothing! Why? Once he had the property, Brandon Lee asked him to switch side and follow him to the new company he had founded. However, by acting so, Jin realized the falsehood of his dream. If the home is empty, then it is meaningless. This explicates why Jin said that the scar on his back has no meaning now. And even Brandon had a similar perception: (chapter 32) This is no coincidence that we have a reference to food here. Jin has always been longing for a potato, but not for a cup of tea. Simplicity versus sophistication. It also explains why the betrayer bought a cheap wine in order to rekindle with his former “dog”.

The manhwaphile can detect the purity in Jin, because he suffered by dirtying his hands. (chapter 32) He needed drugs to forget his sins. (chapter 32) And that’s how he lost his true self, and became a cynical and cold-hearted man. Yet, he could never mask his true identity. He still values loyalty. The tragedy is that the real sinner was Brandon Lee who would give his orders without dirtying his own hands. Observe that he is always wearing gloves. Now, Jin is full of remorse, hence he has sleeping problems. Therefore, the readers should judge Jin’s following statement as a lie: (chapter 39) He has such a negative perception of himself that he describes himself as rotten to the core. (chapter 35) These words mirror his self-loathing. Therefore I believe that when he called Matthew a psychopath, he was actually projecting his own thoughts onto the artist. He perceives himself a “psychopath”, for he killed so many people. He is so tormented by his sins (chapter 4) that he needed sex combined with drugs to distract his mind. However, thanks to Matthew, Jin could slowly keep his distance from drugs. Matthew is nurturing him, he is his sweet potato, his cure to recover his memories and rediscover his true self. That’s the reason why he was willing to sacrifice himself for the artist’s sake. (chapter 39)

We could say that Matthew replaced the drug. Jin could enjoy sex with Matthew and forgetting everything, hence the colors during their last love session was blue and purple. However, when Matthew started confessing to him, Jin felt the need to reject his affection, for he viewed himself as not worthy. Once again, Jin thought that the student was just a “potato-head”, he was too naïve. He had no idea about Jin’s true personality: the latter was a monster who lives in a dangerous and cruel world.

2. Under The Green Light

The irony is that Jin was wrong. Matthew is the one who knows Jin the best. He met the main lead before he got corrupted by Brandon. That’s how I realized the function of “Potato”. Matthew would bring Jin back to nature, so that he could rediscover his true self. Yes, the manhwaphiles shouldn’t forget that the potato is connected to nature. Hence I am connecting Brandon to civilization and corruption (money) (chapter 11), while Matthew is symbolized by nature. This is no coincidence that both are green.

It was, as if Matthew was encouraging the director to view life differently. This explains why Jin saw flowers, when he admired the artist’s handsomeness. (chapter 31) I had already explained in the previous analysis that Matthew would bring colors into Jin’s life. But now, I would like to be more precise. How did Jin discover serenity and peace of the mind? Through Matthew’s drawings. They were all showing nature. (chapter 39) One might argue that in these images, the beholder can detect the presence of civilization: the basket hoop, the swings and the bank. However, you will recognize that the tree is in the foreground, the ants and the sunset were the main topics. Matthew had actually focused on these elements, when he had selected the places. Besides, the swing, the bank and the basket hoop have a common denominator: leisure. But this doesn’t end here. In no picture, you can find people. These drawings reflected Matthew’s desire for solitude. This represents his rejection of “civilization”. In fact, he selected places which he associated to the director of Shinhae. (chapter 29) (chapter 39) In other words, since his youth, Jin has always been the protagonist’s muse. Thus Matthew said this concerning the main character: (chapter 29) And now, you comprehend why Matthew had asked Jin to be his model.

But why could Jin grasp the young boy? It is because the former was exactly like the sculptor. Jin was also a lonely soul, though he was surrounded by people. (chapter 29) This means that here, the young man was faking a smile. And note how he recalled the orphanage: he connects it to the building and not to people. (chapter 39) This exposes that Jin was never close to anyone except Matthew. The director of Shinhae had a similar dream: keeping distance from people. He wanted to live high up in the sky, far away from people. (chapter 5) The role of Potato is to push Jin to cut ties with the mafia, to be far away from people and corruption. But how can he do that? Through his money, love and art. Yes, his money… (chapter 31) So far, he saw no need to use it. But if it means that with his money, he can have Jin, then he will spend it. Don’t forget that for Jin, without money, you are powerless. Moreover, in their last love session, Matthew was already forcing the main lead to choose him and to focus on only him. (chapter 34) But Jin rejected him by letting him see his “true face”: he would take drugs and he was a murderer, for he would use a knife. In my eyes, this was the main lead’s attempt to resist temptation. He feared to become attached to Matthew, as he had already experienced disappointment and betrayal due to Brandon. Nonetheless, the mafia boss had long forgotten that Matthew knew this side from him. He had witnessed the character’s brutality. Nevertheless, for the sculptor, this was justified, as he was trying to protect him. (chapter 39) Matthew was also aware that the priest was abusing Jin too. The latter had explained that he was sacrificing himself for the sake of the other children. That’s the reason why the boy with the green eyes never condemned the protagonist as a sinner. This positive perception was particularly perceptible in this scene. After beating the priest, Matthew feared more Jin’s departure than his violence. (chapter 39)

Therefore I see the discovery of the drug in the soil as a metaphor for a turning point in Jin’s life, the drug will be removed and replaced by a museum. And don’t forget that the potato grows under the soil! It was, a field had prepared for potatoes in a symbolic way. But the problem is now that Jin is badly hurt. This is important, for the artist could lose his muse for a second time. (chapter 39) Besides, he hasn’t finished his sculpture yet. (chapter 27) This would be a huge catastrophe for the artist, he would be more devastated than with the rabbit’s death. (chapter 39) This would literally kill the young man. He wouldn’t be able to create.

But since Jin could finally remember Matthew, he has no longer any reason to push away Matthew. The author wrote in the note that the second season will be less dark. And after reading my interpretation, you can grasp how. We observe the return of nature through art. First, Jin is forced to visit a museum (chapter 1), then to look at the main lead’s sketches. (chapter 27) The man stands in the center, and not money. This announces the return of Jin’s humanity. That’s the reason why I think that Matthew’s sculpture of Jin could help the protagonist to see himself in a different light. Moreover, since the latter liked the prodigy’s drawings so much, he can only encourage his lover to keep creating and draw landscapes like in the past.

3. The fight between Potato and Gloves

This means that Matthew Raynor will have to fight Brandon Lee, as the latter is the one responsible for Jin’s addiction and misery. This scene (chapter 32) stands in opposition to this one: (chapter 39) First, it is important to outline the similarities. Both are taking place during the night. Then we have two people: while one is waiting (Jin/Brandon), the other is “working” (Matthew/Jin). However, in the first scene, Brandon only arrived after the massacre and gave his “dog” his reward, the drug and the property, whereas the young man on the bank was keeping company to the artist. He could relax waiting for a new drawing from Matthew. With his behavior, he was showing unconditional support to the creator. Brandon criticized his dog, saying that he had never asked him to kill them. But is it true? He could have just given an ambiguous order. But by doing so, he was remaining clean, it was not his responsibility. Moreover, the silence had a different signification: death versus peace. That’s why I am expecting a showdown between the former lover and the young student. Matthew has no problem to dirty his hand contrary to Brandon Lee, who always uses assistants and gloves. Brandon Lee said that since Jin never killed him, then for him, it meant that they would rekindle at some point. Matthew will definitely resent Brandon for changing his muse. He had already experienced the negative impact of wealth: superficiality and hypocrisy which led his parents to commit suicide. But how can Potato represent a danger to Brandon Lee?

People tend to forget that the potato plant is poisonous. Potato plant poisoning occurs when someone eats the green tubers or new sprouts of the potato plant. Hence the boss of Bumyung construction corporation shouldn’t underestimate Matthew Raynor, whom he will definitely consider as a green man. But since his youth, he was the witness of death: his parents, the rabbit, the priest… Potato showed his resistance, when he fought back the assassin sent to remove him. And after witnessing Matthew’s despair at the end of season 1 (chapter 39), there’s no doubt that he will resent the person behind Jin’s injury. During his childhood, he couldn’t protect Jin, but now, he is no longer a child. He is strong and big.

As a conclusion, Matthew and Jin are fated to each other, for they both are represented by the potato. Moreover, they have the similar inclinations: their desire for peace, solitude, sincerity and for warmth. Both enjoy nature, tranquility and peace by keeping their distance from people. But by meeting Jin again, Matthew discovered a side of Jin: sexuality. And that’s how they will be able to create their haven of peace. Yet, before this can even happen, Brandon has to be removed, as he stands in the way. (chapter 30) The latter wants to return to the past, but not the same one than Matthew’s.

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