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In this essay, I’ll examine the issues and preoccupations the learned sir has during his stay at Yoon Seungho’s mansion. Yet before starting with the topic, it is important to remember how the protagonist convinced him to accept his sponsorship. During the chapter 6, Yoon Seungho ensured to stroke the arrogant man’s ego by letting him believe that he was a talented man full of potentials. The powerful noble even faked his admiration for the poem discovered through the low-born Baek Na-Kyum. Because of these words, Jung In-Hun even came to the belief that the compliments coming from the main lead were genuine and the latter was not aware that the low noble had in fact plagiarized the poem from a famous author.
Therefore he couldn’t help himself smirking because his cheap trick was even able to impress a rich but frivolous aristocrat. At the end of their conversation, the latter even emphasized the importance of a wealthy and powerful support. Without any sponsorship, Jung In-Hun wouldn’t be able to advance his career.
These words are quite important because it outlines that intelligence and skills mean nothing compared to fortune and connection. So for the teacher, this means that as long as the aristocrat supports him, then he has nothing to fear. He doesn’t even need to use his “great character” and his “wisdom” because he has now the help of a rich backer who is on the other hand convinced of the low noble’s talents and intelligence. Besides, encouraged by the constant compliments, the low noble is even more persuaded that with his knowledge and brain he will be able to get a higher position. Since he has the aptitude and now a backer, he can only become successful. He is so blinded by his conceit that he doesn’t even grasp that he is walking into his own trap. The plagiarism truly reveals the teacher’s lack of knowledge and smartness, yet blinded by Yoon Seungho’s false admiration, he is convinced of his own brilliance, unaware that capacity is in reality more significant than a backer because of the exam. In other words, the words in the image above illustrates the power of Yoon Seungho’s manipulation. He is capable to deceive the teacher by making him believe that the sponsorship has more importance than skills.
Therefore the teacher fails to grasp that he is played by the so-called frivolous noble. For the teacher, there is no reason to refuse such a tempting offer. He thinks that the right time has finally arrived like he always dreamed of. Imagine what this scene represents to him. He has finally caught the attention of a strong backer through a trick and now he can to leave the shady place he was living in and live like a real noble. He can finally distinguish himself from the commoners he despises so much. Yet, he judges himself as smart enough to think that this proposition isn’t for free. So the offer sounds so good because the only request Yoon Seungho has is that the poor noble returns the favor, once he has become an official.
This is perfect for an upstart, however if you pay attention to the noble’s words, you’ll note that his words “some government post” are quite ambiguous. The main character’s dangling the low noble the idea that he’s going to get a high function as official, yet the expression “some” makes it sound like an empty promise because for that, he needs to pass the civil service examination. This is implied by the expression “when you begin working”. If the readers are on guard, they will note that at no moment Yoon Seungho promises the teacher that he will get him a position as official, he just says that he will support him because he has a bright future.
Notice that in all these pictures, Yoon Seungho never appears as subject displaying that in reality he is only supporting him financially and nothing more. Everything is revolving around the low noble: “when you begin”; “a scholar with a bright future”. In order to create the illusion that Jung In-Hun has nothing to lose with this offer, Seungho asks for a favor, the moment the low noble has become an important official. On the surface, it looks like the wealthy noble will become dependent of Jung In-Hun’s good will once in position, hence Jung In-Hun can not refuse. He is already anticipating that once an official, he can even use his function in order to get more advantages from Yoon Seungho. Moreover, this return of favor sounds so vague and distant that it looks like the teacher can act later as if he wasn’t bound by this promise.
There is no specific request expressed by the lord therefore this looks so promising for the low noble. The deal is in fact based on two empty promises. Yoon Seungho was never concrete with the support, he never said that he would give him a specific government post. The main character just insinuated to the counterpart that he considered himself not talented enough to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps.
While the one was downplaying his own brilliance, the other was so comforted in his delusion of his own brightness. This validates the judgement I made about our main lead: he is the master of deception. Jung In-Hun is more than willing to take the bait because on the surface, it looks like he has already won the lottery jackpot without doing anything. This outlines the teacher’s laziness since he never really worked hard in his life. He considered his job as teacher a diversion and we can clearly see how bad he was as a teacher. Baek Na-Kyum still can’t read. This reinforces his preconception that he doesn’t need to work hard in the future thanks to the wealthy noble’s help. As a conclusion, the tempting offer was just a bait and Jung In-Hun falls into the trap. He is already imaging himself living in luxury while being powerful.
Now, we need to analyse his arrival (chapter 7) at the mansion in order to understand how he could start having worries. Striking is that he arrives on his own following the loyal valet Kim. He is dressed simply, he actually wears the same robe than the day where Yoon Seungho visited him.
Like I mentioned in another analysis, he wants to maintain the image of a humble but poor scholar hoping that the lord would even give him new clothes. He has already anticipated that he has impressed Yoon Seungho so much that he can get any favor. When the valet announces his arrival to Yoon Seungho in the presence of Baek Na-Kyum, the powerful noble lies to the painter declaring that the teacher came to visit him personally.
This catches the artist by surprise because he never expected this. The seme knew the artist’s admiration for the low noble and decided to use for his own benefit. We are all well aware that he wants to pressure the painter to paint for him by using Jung In-Hun as a leverage, yet the main character is unaware that the teacher was the reason why Baek Na-Kyum quit his job so that he is putting the artist into a dilemma. Therefore this won’t work entirely like he had envisaged.
But why does the main character lie to the painter in the first place? In my opinion, I speculate that Yoon Seungho does this for two reasons. First he wants to humiliate the teacher by reminding him that he could only get his attention thanks to Baek Na-Kyum, a commoner, whom he despises so much. He likes making fun of people. The poem might have triggered something in the noble, yet it only happened because the artist had kept his poem. The second reason is that he can’t propose the deal to Baek Na-Kyum right away because the latter could refuse. He has already anticipated the low noble’s reactions towards the low-born. He would express his gratitude and tell him that he can now achieve his goal and advance in his career. In other words, the protagonist needed to set up a trap and the lie was the bait for the trap.
Due to his naivety, Baek Na-Kyum believes the deception quite easily hence he runs outside to meet his former teacher. He is so happy that the low noble decided to call on him and can’t restrain himself to ask for a confirmation.
The teacher can not tell the truth because this would expose the master’s lie. He can’t offend his benefactor. Striking is that his initial reaction reveals the contempt for the low-born. There is no mutual admiration and respect. The poor aristocrat abhors the idea of being touched by a commoner. Besides, we shouldn’t forget that his ego has been so amplified by the aristocrat’s fake praises the day before so that his arrogance and his disdain for low-borns has deeply increased. At the same time, he is reminded through the hard way that this is all thanks to the low-born that he could get such a good offer. So his self-pride takes a hit. Fact is that Yoon Seungho is toying with the poor aristocrat’s feelings. The other reason to send the painter first is to let the teacher know that Baek Na-Kyum is also favored. In the chapter 6, he just told him that the low-born was a servant, yet the artist comes from the mansion and the master only joins him after. So the order of appearance reflects that the artist is more than just a servant. Kim was the one who welcome him first. Baek Na-Kyum could even run without being criticized. The powerful protagonist is rubbing under the teacher’s nose that the commoner is also sponsored, just like him. The irony is that he, a noble, is put on the same than the commoner. Moreover, notice the noble’s gesture towards Baek Na-Kyum in the drawing above, it was as if the painter was pushed away and is already considered as a rival. His arrival represents a huge letdown for the upstart, he thought that he had already won the jackpot only to discover that he is not the only one sponsored. Furthermore, he observes that the master doesn’t follow him to the library but remains by the painter’s side. The loyal valet Kim is the one who leads him to his quarter and to the library. Right from the start, the teacher understands that Baek Na-Kyum is a hindrance for his own interest as he knows about the painter’s talent. If he remains at the mansion, then the other will be forced to work hard too. And he had thought, he just needed to rely on the noble’s generosity without working hard. However, he can’t expose his true thoughts right away, he needs to play the game, hence he stays courteous and even thanks the painter personally for the great opportunity.
Yet from my perspective his little speech to the painter must be infuriating for the low noble. He has to lower himself, to do lip service because he can’t offend the artist right away. This would mean like insulting the lord of the mansion. He has a competitor and it is all about to get to win the noble’s favor.
The first lie engenders another lie.
That’s how Baek Na-Kyum realizes the main character’s deception but can not expose him because this would hurt the teacher’s pride. The reality is that the artist never spoke about the learned sir so highly. Truth is that Yoon Seungho criticized the value of the poem and as such the author. The contradiction signalizes that he has been deceived by the lord. The low noble didn’t come for him but for his own career and benefit. Striking is that here Yoon Seungho is misleading the painter.
He offers a fake deal to the artist too, making him believe that the teacher needs a strong backer if he wants to realize his ambition and propel his progress. In other words, the protagonist is misleading both people. Admittedly he claims that he will help the low noble directly by giving him a post, yet the condition for the low noble’s promotion is his success at the civil service examination which the low-born is well aware of. However, the protagonist is deceiving the poor painter turning the low noble into a hard working man which is definitely not the case. He manipulates the painter to think that money and power are necessary in order to become successful. Sure, now the manipulative man has an access to a bigger library but no matter what he needs to work in order to achieve greatness. That’s why the painter accepts the deal. Furthermore thanks to this situation, he gets to meet his admired sir.
Now, it becomes quite clear why Jung In-Hun will worry and have issues. First, it looks like he has a rival who represents a thread to his own career because he knows that the painter is a hard worker. The second problem is that Jung In-Hun did believe in Yoon Seungho’s deceit:
- Jung In-Hun is a talented and bright man
- Wealth and connection matter more than skills
Therefore he really thinks that his success and fortune are guaranteed, if he gets rid of the competitor. That’s why in the chapter 10, the teacher meets the painter and convinces him to stop painting. He uses his dogma in order to appeal to the artist’s guilt. If he is able to persuade the artist one more time to give up on painting, then his problem is solved. The powerful noble will only focus on him and he can enjoy the privileges linked to the favoritism.
Pay attention that we never see the low noble appearing from the chapter 11 to 19. Why? Because the punishment served his cause. When the painter is submitted to the straw mat beating, his hands can get injured so that he can no longer paint. The scholar never showed any care for the low-born during that time as he thought that he had achieved his goal. For him, the painter had lost the noble’s favor. So the manhwaphiles have to envision him gloating over the artist’s misfortune. That’s why we see him admiring the mansion in the chapter 19. This scene illustrates that the low noble is already thinking that he has won the lord’s favor for good. I don’t think, he ever paid attention to the fact that the lord had personally stopped the straw mat beating or he even sent Kim to treat the wound. He is already too self-centered and too haughty. Moreover let’s not forget that he is literally too short-sighted (see my explanation in the analysis The significance of clothes, part 4).
The other important observation is that he is never shown at the library after the chapter 7. He walks in the courtyard, when he meets the painter in the chapter 10. In the chapter 19, we see him strolling through Yoon Seungho’s property full of jealousy and envy. He is not learning and preparing for the future exam because he envisions himself to have already succeeded. He is full of envy because he has the impression that he will get what the powerful noble has once he gets his function. He bought the master’s lie that he is enough talented to achieve greatness. This scene is quite important since it unveils the huge delusion the low noble has about himself. His laziness and his ego are the reasons why he could never become successful before, he was just too passive thinking that he was entitled to get admiration because of his title. The higher his spirits were, the harder the fall is.
While dreaming, he is confronted by reality so suddenly. The painter never lost the master’s favor, quite the opposite. In fact, Yoon Seungho is even willing to cut ties with another aristocrat because of him. This shows the real value Baek Na-Kyum has in the lord’s mind. Furthermore, the learned sir witnesses how Yoon Seungho even caresses the painter’s cheek while complimenting him. He discovers that the painter disobeyed his order and kept painting for Yoon Seungho. But for that, Baek Na-Kyum has to justify his disobedience. The low-born defends his action that he did it for the low noble’s sake.
Jung In-Hun can’t accept this argument for two reasons. First, this would be too much for the self-conceited man. He, as a noble, has to receive the help from a commoner. Secondly, this would mean that Yoon Seungho’s words were all lies which Jung In-Hun can’t really digest. He thought, he had fooled the man and here, he glimpses that he might have been the one manipulated. Consequently, he replies this: He implies that the painter earned the lord’s favor through immoral means (seduction, sex). He describes the artist as a man consumed by lust, whereas the former embodies honesty and purity. That way, he can reject the painter’s words. Based on his words, he is a honorable man, as he belongs to the nobility, while Baek Na-Kyum as a low-born is so perverted that he will do anything in order to get what he wants and to improve his situation. What the low noble is doing here is called projection. He is projecting his own mindset into the commoner’s. His criticism displays his true self: he is dishonest, lazy, corrupted and ruthless. Through his accusations, it becomes clear that for him and the readers, the end justifies the means. We already witnessed his scheming nature in the chapter 10. However, he failed and he is now attempting to put the blame on Baek Na-Kyum. He gained the lord’s benevolence through dishonesty and not hard work. Imagine the irony. Jung In-Hun wasn’t even working really hard until now which was shown in the beginning of the chapter 19.
But for the first time Baek Na-Kyum has to refute the learned sir’s accusations and that’s how the existence of the deal is unveiled. Due to his arrogance, the teacher can’t accept the truth. He doubts the words from the low-born. He is skilled and intelligent in his eyes hence he doesn’t need the help from a commoner. Therefore he pushes the painter away. He doesn’t want to be associated with such a person, he needs to think things through. Now, he has some doubt about the frivolous and uneducated Yoon Seungho. He might have discovered the plagiarism, fact is that he needs to confront the lord in order to show him his superiority, if necessary. Since he is a scholar, he has more knowledge and skills than the hell-raiser and sodomite noble.
To summarize: Until that moment in the chapter 19 the scholar had always believed he had won the jackpot with his plot and now, his dream to be able to grasp power and fortune seems to be in danger. If the noble knew right from the start that he had copied the poem, then he was never admired and favored. The proposition was fake and the sponsorship is actually limited in time because there is the civil service examination. Moreover, the lord never promised him that he would give him a high position directly. The learned sir starts worrying again. He thought that once the rival loses the lord’s privileges, he is safe and can enjoy the master’s favors. Now with the new revelation, he is uncertain. That’s why he needs to investigate the matter and wants to discern the noble’s personality and intentions during the hunt.
First, he observes the favoritism shown to Baek Na-Kyum by the master. The latter invited the low-born to the hunt and even prevents him from falling. So Jung In-Hun’s jealousy is growing and making him even more suspicious of the commoner’s words. He might have told the truth. Hence the moment the low noble hears praises about his hunting skills from Yoon Seungho, the scholar detects the sarcasm in his words for the first time.
Furthermore, the question from the master if he is preparing well for the exam increases his wariness. We have to understand that this is in fact a rhetorical question. The powerful aristocrat is well aware that the learned sir didn’t work hard during his stay at the mansion or he might have heard that the learned sir did some digging at the library. Remember that he witnessed the quarrel between the painter and his admired sir. So he has already figured out that the existence of the deal has been revealed to the low noble. That’s why he is no longer determined to keep his pretense.
Since Jung In-Hun is getting warier, he has to confirm the painter’s words. Therefore he needs to discover if the lord has already perceived his mischief, the plagiarism. The readers have to imagine that after the scholar heard about the existence of the deal, he had to find out if the book published by that famous Joseon poet was at the lord’s library. He must have discovered it there but he could never be 100% certain if the lord had ever opened the book. Therefore he has to know if the lord has ever read the poem he copied.
Note the MO of Jung In-Hun. Each time he wants to get something, he praises the person thinking that the counterpart won’t notice his lip service and the true purpose of the compliments. From my point of view, the chapter 22 emphasizes the scholar’s conceit. He still believes that he is a great manipulator and schemer in order to dig info.
But the main character is already 2 steps ahead of him that’s why he is entirely honest. He doesn’t hide the fact that he has already read all the books at his library. He has already perceived the intention behind this innocent question but he acts as if there is nothing wrong and keeps praising the scholar for his shooting practice. But this is too much for the low noble and he needs to confront the lord with the deal between him and the painter. By accusing Yoon Seungho of dishonesty, the learned sir wants to prove his purity but the master is no fool and shows him his pettiness and scheming nature. He tried to impress him with a plagiarism but he never fell for it. The scholar doesn’t want to admit defeat and implies that because of the bad rumor about his reputation, he is not skilled and talented enough to judge his true talents. He refuses to acknowledge that such an aristocrat can judge him so poorly. He needs to prove his superiority in front of the lord, his ego can’t accept to be damaged like that by such a ruffian. However, the lord forces him to kneel in front of him proving him his strength and supremacy. He is not only educated but also athletic. He is much more than what the rumors describe him. And now compare this scene to the one in the chapter 7.
Notice that Yoon Seungho is actually demonstrating that the scholar is not full of wisdom and character like in the chapter 7. He even predicts the opposite, he can never achieve greatness. I feel that these words could foreshadow the scholar’s future. Besides, it was as if he was crushing the learned sir’s dream. The latter is reminded that as a person sponsored by a powerful noble, he should be careful with his words and thoughts. He can’t act as if he was superior and he should know his place. Just due to Yoon Seungho’s bad reputation, the scholar shouldn’t look down on him. First, the low noble is humiliated with the forced kneeling. Secondly, his dream of getting a high position as official seems to be much further than before. Yoon Seungho never admired him for his brilliance, quite the opposite. So the teacher’s future has become really uncertain. Furthermore, what did he get from this deal? Nothing real in reality because for that he needs to succeed with the civil service examination. I detect that in this scene, the low noble gets aware of the precariousness of his situation.
That’s why he is so desperate in the chapter 24 and starts acting like a prostitute towards the painter. He needs the latter to spy on the strong noble in order to blackmail him. Little by little, he is giving up on his dogma “sodomy is dirty and filthy” since he perceives that in such a short time, he has to use extreme measures. From my point of view, this is not just a matter of pride and humiliation. There is this sudden realization that he has been manipulated by Yoon Seungho and that if he fails the exam, the noble’s sponsor could end anyway. For the first time, he gets aware that he has to rely on his skills but the problem is that he never really worked hard in the first place. He thought that Yoon Seungho would deliver everything to him on a silver plate. This truly demonstrates that Jung In-Hun has somehow grasped that he might not be so smart and talented like he imagined, especially after getting a wake up call from the protagonist. So if the scholar fails, then the seme can decide to stop sponsoring him. That’s why the learned sir needs to dig some dirty secret so that he can blackmail the lord. Once he has found some info, he is sure that he has some leverage and can still benefit some privileges from Yoon Seungho.
That’s why from the chapter 24 to 38, we can observe a certain change in Jung In-Hun’s behavior. Notice that the events occurring from the chapters 24 to 29 are all happening during the same night and the following day. He becomes really proactive and explores every possibility as he is running out of time. That displays how worried and insecure he is about his future. First, he starts acting like a pimp and a prostitute because now he needs the painter’s help. Furthermore he even asked for some info about the library
We witness him how he can’t fall asleep due to worries. The very next morning, he pays a visit to the craftsman and even gives him some money so that the latter can ask around. Let us not forget that the man doesn’t possess much money and this proves how desperate and worried he is. He needs to discover some dirty secret about Yoon Seungho at any mean and as soon as possible to force the main lead to support him. In the best case, he could use it later against the wealthy aristocrat. Besides, he can not just rely on the painter’s trust. He even believes that if he uses Baek Na-Kyum as his whore, then he will get some info. That’s why he attempts to sell off the artist to the infamous sodomite. He witnessed the rape hence he knows that the lord is interested in the artist. Nevertheless he thinks that Baek Na-Kyum is just a plaything for the lord. So by telling him (chapter 30) that the painter only obeys the scholar, he finally believes that he has found a way to gain the noble’s support for real. Yet, due the painter’s intervention, this deal falls through. What the short-sighted noble fails to realize is that he would have been killed. He hadn’t internalized the warning during the hunt, he should know his place and never act as if he was on the same level than Yoon Seungho. We can feel the urgency of the low noble, he needs to find some leverage in order to get some privileges. That’s the reason why he resents the painter so much. For him, it seems like the artist has it easy. He just needs to sleep with the lord and that’s it.
Then I would like to add that there is an explication why the low noble never showed any concern for the painter during his illness. Sure, now he had to learn for the examination hence we see him twice in company of books, in his chamber in the chapter 27 (see the picture above) and at the library in the chapter 40. Now, he has not much time left before the day of the civil service examination. However, I sense another explanation. The scholar actually expected and hoped for the artist’s death. For him, this was even better because there would have been no more competition. I sense that in his mind, with the disappearance of the painter, the lord might avert his attention to him. That’s why he resents the painter so much and lashes out to him in the chapter 40. He has to witness the accumulation of privileges, whereas he only gets free lodging and free access to the huge library. He has to pass an exam, while the artist has no constrain. But since Baek Na-Kyum has recovered, the scholar reminds him of his request. He needs to pry into the master’s life. During this scene we can even feel the urgency of the teacher because he walks towards the door while talking to Baek Na-Kyum. He needs to meet the washer in order to know if he had found something. The caress on the cheek before closing the door illustrates that Jung In-Hun even values more the info coming from the washer and informer than the painter. First, he is jealous of him and secondly, he has never been helpful before.
The time pressure and the worries of the scholar are more obvious in the chapter 38. He can’t even wait for the appearance of the painter.For the first time, he looks for the artist and even visits his chamber. He needs to know what transpired between the two brothers. Maybe he can get some juicy info. And let’s not forget that the day before, he was finally able to discover some elements from Yoon Seungho’s past but this was not enough to blackmail the powerful aristocrat. But here he has to hear two lies. The low-born refuses to divulge anything.
The artist’s lies confirm the scholar that Baek Na-Kyum was always more a hindrance and a thread to his own interest. Besides, he is just a low-born hence he can never be trusted. In other words, the learned sir leaves the room empty-handed. He couldn’t gather any important info or secret about the lord so that he could blackmail him.
Now, you can better understand why the scholar vents all his negative feelings on the painter in the chapter 40. He is not just jealous and envious. Imagine that he is asked by the painter if he will be responsible for him in the future. Yet the teacher is not even sure if he can succeed with the examination. He was put under pressure the whole time. He is so uncertain about his own future and now he needs to be responsible for a low-born. That’s quite daring and insulting for the scholar. Simultaneously he had to witness how the commoner, whom he considers inferior to him, was able to gain the favor of the lord. So he acts on the moment, he feels that his big dream has more or less escaped from his hands so he abandons the painter. What he fails to realize is that the moment he abandons the painter, he will never be able to gain anything from Yoon Seungho.
The irony is that at the end of the first season, Jung In-Hun believes that he can still use Baek Na-Kyum as his tool because he gets aware of the lord’s affection for the painter. Yet he has just cut ties with him. But for him, this was nothing important. He is not even aware of the consequences of his past behavior. What caught my attention is that we only see two flashbacks from the second character in the first season. Jung In-Hun’s first flashback happens in the chapter 7 and the second in the final chapter of the first season. Striking is that all the flashbacks are revolving around him. First, he is thinking about the proposed deal and in the chapter 44, he is recalling the protagonist’s behavior towards the painter because he is so jealous. He even comments that Yoon Seungho only talks about Baek Na-Kyum. The flashbacks indicates the lack of conscience and remorse, the egoism of the scholar. He can’t see beyond his own interest and horizon.
And now observe the parallels between the arrival and the departure of the scholar. First, the master is with the learned sir but he doesn’t follow him outside, whereas he welcome in the courtyard in the chapter 7. Now, there is no pretense and hypocrisy. The powerful master just sends him away with a servant. In the final chapter, we sense a certain despair in the scholar that’s why he asked the lord to accompany him to the capital. He wants him to pass the exam too so that he can be his companion or assistant, if the infamous hell-raiser succeeds. Notice that now Jung In-Hun is finally admitting that Yoon Seungho could be more smart than him. He even hopes that if the lord accompanies him, the scholar can attract the attention of other aristocrats and officials. However, the main lead refuses any suggestion from the teacher showing that the rich noble doesn’t care about him at all. Till the end, the low noble hopes that he can get some favor, yet he fails. Furthermore, he is warned that the officials might not be what the naive and scheming scholar imagines. Then when he is about to leave, he is reminded to take his leave from the artist. Nonetheless Jung In-Hun refuses to do so because he is just a low-born. So the scholar’s disdain for commoners from the chapter 7 is still intact, yet this time he doesn’t want to fake his admiration for the painter. He leaves without saying goodbye, although he realizes the master’s love for the artist. This outlines his arrogance and stupidity. He has the impression, he can still utilize the low-born, since the latter has always been loyal towards him despite the harsh beating and several betrayals. The scholar hasn’t comprehended yet that without biding goodbye and with his behavior at the library, Baek Na-Kyum can no longer be his tool in the long run. The moment he refused to assume responsibility for him, the painter is no longer obliged to listen to his requests. Jung In-Hun might come later to him asking for a request, and the low-born will reject him. He could even reply that as a prostitute, he has no power.
That’s why I believe that the scholar will have to find new ways in order to advance in his career because in the end, the offer proposed by Yoon Seungho, was just an empty promise. However, he had already dreamed that he would achieve greatness and he had to witness how everything he imagined fell apart.
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