This is where you can read the manhwa. https://www.lezhin.com/en/comic/painter But be aware that this manhwa is a mature Yaoi, which means, it is about homosexuality with explicit scenes.
In this essay, I won’t analyse anything but rather speculate, what could happen in the next chapter or even, what could happen during that night. I have the feeling that this night will be a long one, therefore my assumption is that Byeonduck must have planned a few chapters for this night.
However, my main focus won’t be on Min as I have already expressed my thoughts on this topic. My prediction is that he will die. We have many possibilities for the execution, like for example Yoon Seungho picks up his sword and slays him. Remember that I connected the last picture to the scene in the bathroom, where he replied to the painter this: . Observe that he is standing at the door, totally furious and even jealous. At the end of the chapter 52, the lord is also standing at the door as well, definitely infuriated for his gaze betrays his emotions. Yet he is saying the opposite of his true thoughts because he is standing in front of a double-faced and vicious aristocrat. In the chapter 26, he revealed his true intentions as he has always been frank and straightforward with the painter. Since he knows and values the artist’s honesty, he acts the same. That’s why I came to this idea. But the problem with this idea is that Yoon Seungho would be suspected. Since he once declared to the painter that no one would connect a noble’s death with him, we have to envisage other possibilities. The protagonist has to be seen elsewhere. In order to divert attention, he needs to create a huge scandal. Therefore if a sword is used, then Nameless could be involved and they will frame the guest who is high with the excuse that he acted under delirium.
Then the opium could be the cause of his death either: an organized overdose of drug so that it would look like an accident and the one who bought that illegal drug would be blamed. This idea was inspired by two sources. First it was the remark of a reader who saw in the gesture of the protagonist’s hand the desire to strangle Black Heart. So from strangulation, I came to suffocation, the impossibility to breathe. I couldn’t restrain myself from associating asphyxiation to the first picture of the chapter 52, when the evil aristocrat is smoking with his mouth wide open and his head is looking up. This picture made me think that this could be the position Min has, when he dies. He tries to breathe with his mouth but is unable. He is either strangled or suffocating due to the overdose of opium. In any case, I suspect that one of the guests will be held responsible for Min’s death.
Right now, Seungho is supposed to be on his way to the painter’s chamber meaning that he is actually following the artist’s footsteps. I don’t think, Seungho remained for a long time in his room because the conversation between Min and Seungho is quite short.
When the low-born returns to his room, he catches Deok-Jae ruining his room. The readers can conclude that the domestic didn’t expect the painter to return so soon, since there is a question mark and he adds: „Dammit“. Because of this, I assume that the servant spied on the low-born and observed him going to the noble’s bedchamber. Therefore he imagined that the artist would spend the evening with the lord. For him, the master is just a man consumed by lust, hence he won’t send away the artist. I have to admit that my first thought was that Baek Na-Kyum would leave the mansion again, either on his own will or forced. However, I changed my mind as we already have three escapes from the low-born. The first one takes place in the chapter 4, where Yoon Seungho can stop him. Then we have another desertion in the chapter 29 and the third departure was mentioned in the chapter 46.
Since we have a ruined room, I couldn’t help myself connecting it to the chapter 29 and 30. Before fleeing from the mansion, the commoner destroyed the mirror. All this was discovered by the lord the next morning. His reaction was terrible: he was so enraged that he started beating all his servants since they hadn’t noticed the commoner’s escape. The staff should have kept an eye on him. And note how many parallels exist between the chapter 29/30 and 52:
1. A trashed room
2. The role played by the servants: they should observe the painter and they got beaten. In the chapter 52, Deok-Jae spied on the painter.
3. The lord’s anger
4. The painter goes to the lord’s chamber (after his return from his breakout)
5. The change of clothes (he dropped the green robe and took his own pink jacket)
One might argue that the desertion is still possible as I am anticipating that the chapter 53 could be a new version of the chapter 30. My problem with this thought is the timing. The time between Baek Na-Kyum left the lord’s chamber and the noble departs from his room to go to the painter’s is quite short.
Since in the chapter 30, the manhwalovers witnessed Baek Na-Kyum’s pledged alliance before getting dragged to the lord’s room for a sex marathon, I have the impression, the manhwalovers could witness a new version of the sex marathon, especially if my theory is correct that the author might have developed her chapter 53 as a reflection of the chapter 30. However, there will be a huge variation: the chronology. We have a change of clothes, then the visit to the lord’s chamber. Finally the low-born discovers his ransacked room, while the lord is angry due to Min’s words and behavior. This divergence will lead to a different outcome.
This time, the lord is going to the painter’s chamber, in other words he is following his lover’s steps. I can’t imagine that he will drag the painter to his chamber, where the other nobles are. Therefore he will remain there and listen to the argument between his wife and the domestic, just like he did in the chapter 38. He only intervened, when he saw that the maids were still looking down on the commoner. Back then, the aristocrat had to warn them. I envision that the lord will intervene the moment Deok-Jae starts getting violent. Because of that, Yoon Seungho could decide to drag the servant and punish him for his behavior. We would still have a dragging, like in the chapter 30 but this time, the person is different and the lord has a reason. Deok-Jae committed a crime. Yoon Seungho could grab the domestic by the topknot and punish him, like he did with Jihwa. Yet, I have the impression that Baek Na-Kyum could act differently and no longer remains passive, like in the chapter 18. This time, he pleads for leniency.
When the painter catches the domestic in the act, he is shocked.
He wonders about the servant’s reaction and from my perspective, the artist won’t behave like in the past, where he let the domestic say and do everything he wanted. He never replied and criticized him for his attitude. From my point of view, the low-born has really changed, has already rediscovered his identity and found a certain confidence. He is now part of the mansion hence he needs to be proactive. He hasn’t forgotten the valet’s words: he is not a spoiled princess and as such, he can’t expect rescue from anyone. He needs to fight for his own place. My prediction is that he will question Deok-Jae about the reason for his action. As we experienced in the chapter 52 how the commoner would even question the lord’s actions and behavior. His mind is already proactive, he uses more and more critical thinking. I sense that the moment the domestic gets violent, the noble intervenes but the jealous man is spared instead of getting beaten. Despite his wrongdoings, the artist will ask the master for leniency after confronting him. Remember that Baek Na-Kyum saved Jung In-Hun’s life back then. This could be the new version of the painter’s plea.
On the other hand, the painter won’t be scared like in the chapter 30 and will confront his husband and ask him for the reason behind his change of behavior and what is his position at the mansion. The former could even interrogate his “husband” if he has to leave the mansion, since he has no interest in the painting. While we had the artist submitting himself to the lord in the chapter 30, I envision a renewal of this alliance, yet under a different form. The painter could confess to the noble for real. Another possibility is that since Yoon Seungho is questioned, the aristocrat decides to be more open about his feelings and we have a mini-confession from the lord. He could use Wang Bang Yeon’s poem… if this theory is correct. Back then, the aristocrat wanted the painter to draw new images of their intercourse and he requested from him to pay attention to his own facial expressions, since they were lacking. Remember that was the reason why the protagonist sent the mirror to the painter’s room. From my point of view, the new work reflects the painter’s emancipation. His face is drawn properly, you can identify him on the drawing. Furthermore the visage is not expressing pain or fear but pleasure, which is quite strange because if you look carefully at the new picture, Baek Na-Kyum chose the position where he expressed fear and pain. That’s what the readers got to witness. However, I believe that the painter wasn’t feeling real pain in fact. He was more scared of his own reactions, feeling pleasure. We shouldn’t underestimate the power of the brainwashing and the criticisms expressed by Jung In-Hun. I interpret that the painter must have felt pleasure but refused to admit it. He chose to act like a whore following the teacher’s words so that he could still deny that he was a homosexual per se. As a prostitute, he had been forced to sex, hence he shouldn’t feel any ecstasy. It was an excuse, a subterfuge for his own conscious. Deep down, a part of him wanted to keep following the scholar’s words. Due to the lord’s action, the painter had a breakthrough and finally dropped the teacher’s doctrine for good. And in my opinion, the painting is reflecting this.
Strangely, Baek Na-Kyum realized that this intercourse left a huge impact on him. It forced him to accept that he was feeling pleasure which the painting clearly expresses. That’s why we have this weird confession ending with “I feel good”. Since he chose this, this means that he doesn’t resent the protagonist for his past behavior. From my point of view, despite the mess in the room, I can imagine that there will be a sex marathon again, yet a new version. For me, Yoon Seungho has to have sex there because it shows his willingness to go to such length to get the painter’s love. He would break a taboo since this has never happened before. We have to remember when a noble slept with a maid back then, the latter would spend the night in the lord’s chamber. This is what usually happened. So far, they had sex in the painter’s chamber without people knowing about it. The servants could only witness their special relationship, when the artist spent the night in the lord’s chamber. That’s how it even started. They never saw the Wedding night nor the last sex scene in the chapter 48-49. Even the merchant got to see the painter leaving the lord’s room. Their special relationship got official, the moment the artist was in the lord’s room during the night or day. Making love in the painter’s room would create a huge scandal, because the opposite usually happens. At the same time, this would humiliate the guests and especially Min. The latter wouldn’t accept to lower himself and go to that room, since he kept telling his host that a low-born is just a plaything. By making sure that people witness how the noble remains in the painter’s chamber, he would get an alibi for Min’s death. Deok-Jae would be spared but this would create a new occasion for the painter to become a target.
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