The Eldest Daughter Walks Down The Flower Path - Chapter 176
With a broad smile, Yves brought the book to Radis.
And the moment she saw him, Radis broke out into laughter.
Realizing at once why she was laughing at him, Yves muttered.
“What happened to your hair, Marquis?”
Shoulders drooping, Yves replied.
“It just kind of happened…”
Radis reached forward with her hand.
Yves was feeling a little embarrassed, but he stayed still.
He felt Radis’s hand touching his bangs.
Every time she would touch his hair, he felt goosebumps prickling over his skin.
It’s as if all his nerves were concentrated on just his forehead.
He thought he would hate it, but unexpectedly, he didn’t hate the feeling at all. No, rather, it felt pleasant.
‘A little more…’
But, as if she could read his thoughts, Radis soon withdrew her hand.
“Marquis, your hair… is so, so fluffy that it’s like dog hair.”
Nonchalantly saying that to him, Radis left him like that and disappeared across the hall.
Yves Russell exhaled with great difficulty—it was a huge sigh rising from deep within his heart.
He plopped to the ground and clasped his head.
This was due to the chilling premonition that his plan to reclaim the ducal title for himself was going to fail horribly.
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[ Mana is the fundamental force that serves as the building block of all things, and it dwells in every presence. How the sky is blue, how clouds move across the sky’s expanse, how the sun rises and sets over the horizon, how the moon moves through its phases. The laws of nature, which rule over the world, are all connected to mana… ]
She really tried.
But, in the end, she just could not understand what the hell this book was talking about.
Besides that, why were the letters written so small? It felt like she was going to get a cramp just squinting at them.
She was still at chapter one, but she had given up on reading it already. She went back to the table of contents.
“Chapter one, mana. Chapter two, the history of mana studies. Chapter three, the fundamental principles of mana. Chapter four, contemporary perspectives of mage scholars on the fundamental principles of mana. Chapter five, Mana and the human body. Chapter six, research on the flow of mana within the human body…”
Something similar to a whimper spilled through Radis’s lips.
In a miserable mood, Radis closed the book.
“Has mana… always been this difficult?”
Sitting absent-mindedly for a while, Radis pushed away the book on mana, which she had decided to read first. She opened the next one, which was about runes, then read the table of contents.
“Chapter one, understanding runes. Chapter two, ancient runes. Chapter three, the principles of runes…”
Skimming through the packed table of contents, she was able to find what she wanted to read about the most at the end.
Radis cracked the thick book open and flipped to the designated page.
Radis patted her cheeks so that she could wake up. Then, she read through the introduction of chapter fourteen.
[ In order to translate the ancient runes left behind by the sages, it is essential to first sufficiently understand the concepts hereby written in the previous chapters. ]
A strange whimper left through Radis’s lips yet again.
She slumped back on her chair and practically withered.
It was at this moment that Radis understood what Yves meant when he said that he couldn’t absorb the contents of a book even if he’d try his best to sit down and read it thoroughly.
“No, it’s too early to give up…!”
Radis went back to chapter one.
[ The runes are akin to a map for mana so that it could be used efficiently.
Archmage Reus is known as the pioneer who created runes. For this, Reus is regarded as the first mage scholar.
Mages of old wielded their magic through the use of spells. Archmage Reus realized that this method was not efficient as it was impossible to preserve mana. Thus, while diving into the endeavor of looking for a new way… ]
While Radis was persistently trying to make her head digest everything she was reading, a pathetic groan constantly flowed from her lips.
“Hiic… mmph… ugh…”
That’s how she spent the next several hours.
Exhausted as she was, Radis’s head fell face first on the desk.
She read quite a few pages, but she really couldn’t understand most of it.
And there was still a loooong way to go until chapter fourteen.
Compared to comprehending this one single book, Radis thought that it would be easier to just beat up all the monsters in the forest right now.
Absolutely spent, Radis closed the book for now. Then, she pulled out a new sheet of paper and began to write a letter.
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“As expected, there’s a reason why people stick to their own strengths…”
After sending the letter she just wrote, Radis returned to her chambers. All the while, she muttered to herself under her breath.
But as soon as she reached for the doorknob, she heard something moving in a rush inside.
Not thinking too deeply about it, Radis opened the door and asked.
“Berry? Are you inside?”
But there was no one in the drawing room.
Radis scanned every inch of her chambers.
There was no one in her bedroom, and no one in her walk-in-closet either.
The door to the closet was slightly ajar, but this was likely because Radis had forgotten to close it after taking out her cloak previously.
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