Hello Shiro is off for awhile so I will doing following week’s chapters, thus it maybe somewhat slower release pace
Thank you Rin for editing

Propaganda:

“Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”

The speech and performance I gave was exactly that. I used Miss Minae to do some legwork for me by spreading the story. The speech I then gave connects those rumors to me. This is a textbook maneuver used by every politician in my previous world.

There was a quote by Adolf Hitler:

“The receptivity of the masses is very limited, their intelligence is small, but their power of forgetting is enormous. In consequence of these facts, all effective propaganda must be limited to a very few points and must harp on these in slogans until the last member of the public understands what you want him to understand by your slogan.”

All the things and acts done as part of this performance of mine – the priest’s opening prayer, doing the opening ceremony at twilight –  was to give the chapel the right lighting and ambiance; everything was to make my speech more effective.

With this speech, I should’ve soothed or at least calmed down the citizens of my fief, so I can now leave the fief for a while. I have to go back to the capital to resolve the main problem now.

Even so, I still have a lot on my mind.

I am thankful to Dean; because of the two letters he brought, I was able to conduct the opening ceremony peacefully. I was also able to get the cooperation of the priest because of one of those letters. The other letter is the key to solving this whole mess. I was going to ask either Father or Mother to obtain it… but how did Dean obtain… Dean who are you… It can’t be…

“Milady, are you alright?”(Ryles)

While I was lost in thought, Ryle asked me in an anxious voice.

“…Oh, I am fine…”(Iris)

“Please hang in there a bit longer. We will be there shortly.”(Ryles)

I am currently heading to the capital. You may be wondering why he is asking if I am alright. Well, this is due to the fact I am not on a carriage, but on a horse. We have to go to the capital as fast as possible, so the best option was to go on horseback. I thought I would be fine, but, oh god, it is rocking too much. No, I am not directing the horse. I am still not capable of that. Ryle has the reins.

I was sure I would be able to handle this, since I have ridden a horse before, but I guess riding for elegance and actually riding to get somewhere are two totally different things. I miss having my feet on the ground so much…

I was accompanied by Dida, Tanya, and some guards in case of an attack. I asked Dean to accompany us, but he had said he had urgent business and could not come with us. He instead proposed to join us later. Unlike me, everyone was smoothly riding a horse. I wonder when Tanya learned to do it… Only I am the burden here.

… I tried by best not to vomit, and we somehow made it in time. I arrived at my manor in the capitol. When I got off the horse, I was wobbling like a newborn fawn and could barely stand.

“Welcome Home, Milady.” (Servants)

All the servants came to greet me, as I haven’t been back in a long time.

“I am back, Father, Mother, Bern… I sincerely apologize for the trouble I have caused you this time.” (Iris)

My entire family came to greet me at the entrance as well. Although unexpected, I was grateful for it. My appreciation, however, was not enough to stop my wobbling.

“You arrived very early. Are you okay?”(Louis)

My father, seeing me like this, showed a worried expression, and asked if I am alright.

“Yes… somehow…”(Iris)

“Rest your body for now. We will talk later.”(Louis)

“Yes. Thank you.”(Iris)

From there, I was guided by Rime to my room to rest for a while. Then, I was called for tea in the living room. The atmosphere, however, made it clear that I wasn’t called just for tea, since all my family members were present.

“Again, please let me apologize for the trouble I have cause this time. I am truly sorry.”(Iris)

I apologized to everyone for trouble.

“No, there no need for you to apologize. You have done nothing wrong. Even I did not expect Daryl to go this far.” (Louis)

“But…”

“No buts. There is nothing you are at fault for.” (Mellice)

My heart started to be healed from the kind words of my father and Mother.

“Well, we are ready for the party they are about give. The other side is strong, and, since they picked the fight, we do not need to hold back anymore.” (Mellice)

“Yes… Oh yes, Dean entrusted me with a letter to give to you, Mother.”(Iris)

“Oh. Please give it to me.”  (Iris)

My mother received the letter and started to read it immediately. By the time she finished reading the letter she let out a slight laugh.

“What did he say?”(Iris)

“No, it is nothing important. He is just apologizing for using my name without my permission to get the information you needed.”(Mellice)

“Using Mother’s name… the effectiveness of that method is close to a royal decree. Even now, I hear screams and shouts to Mother for opting out of any and all charity events held by the church. Because of her not being there, all other parties connected with her, which is basically most nobility, did not attend either.” (Bern)

What Bern said is correct. For Mother to be absent from any event means that such an event will be terrible or be a waste of time. I am sure it is quite painful to the Church, but then…

“– but is it alright? Would the Church not attack Mother as well?” (Iris)

“No, everything is fine. We are still donating to the Church. I also responded by letter that the reason I would not be attending is due to the fact that having the mother of a daughter who has been excommunicated go to such parties would only serve to dampen the mood.” (Mellice)

I smiled at my mother’s straightforward answer.

“Well, I am sure this matter will be settled soon, and I will have to attend a party. That was one of the conditions outlined in Dean’s letter.” (Mellice)

“What do you mean?” (Iris)

“No, nothing. It is funny. I was used as a bargaining chip by Dean. He used my name to negotiate with the Church to retract Iris’s excommunication. Either way, I am fine with it as long it helps you, my dear.” (Mellice)

… Dean… You are bold to have used Mother’s name during negotiations and report about it after the fact. I know my mother says it is alright for my sake, but this makes my head hurt.

“Dear Sister, I have something to report to you.” (Bern)

Bern started to talk to me.

“Oh? What is it?” (Iris)

“This case of excommunication… Van is not involved.” (Bern)

“So, are you telling me I should forgive him?” (Iris)

Bern shook his head when I said that.

“No… I have reliable information that the one who is the mastermind behind this is the pope himself and the merchant Count Monroe has been seeing lately.” (Bern)

“You are saying that the merchant is the true mastermind behind this incident?” (Iris)

“Most likely… Although the pope does have significant power, I highly doubt he would go against the house of a duke. I also have asked Van about this matter, though, as expected, I could not outright. I had to use roundabout conversation and indirect questioning to get the information. From what I have heard from him, the merchant and the pope met often at the Count’s manor prior to your excommunication announcement.” (Bern)

“Hmm… Father, that merchant…?” (Iris)

“Do not worry. We are already investigating him.”(Louis)

As expected of Father. Also, hearing that Bern took action out of concern for me made feel a little touched.

“How about the second prince’s involvement?” (Iris)

“No, he is not involved in this case, but….” (Bern)

“Is there something?” (Iris)

“Apparently it is hard for the person himself to say… but he did not find it amusing that you have started to support the first prince. He complained a lot to me about this; it was quite insufferable… Anyway, after hearing about Sister’s excommunication, he started to have people move and start to take employees from your store and the Conglomerate as retaliation… What did I ever see in him?” (Bern)

“Wow… I’m at a loss for words…” (Iris)

What did I ever see in him? He is such a small man. Nevertheless, I need to be vigilant, as the conglomerate’s sales have been falling. I’ll have to address this problem later.

“Bern, thank for all you have done. Please take care of yourself.” (Iris)

“No thanks needed. I am just helping out family.” (Bern)

“Now, Iris, let us have dinner. Afterwards, please rest. Tomorrow is the real battle and we will achieve nothing less than a perfect victory.” (Mellice)

“Yes, Mother.” (Iris)

Well, the party tomorrow will be our battlefield. The previous founding party also made me tense, but I was not in danger then. This time my destiny is at stake. Losing is not an option. The biggest game of my life is about to start.

 

 

 

78 comments

    1. And here I thought there was a leak/spoiler of something important that happens on 303 XD
      Well, maybe next time ^^ :p

      Thanks for the translation!

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      1. And how Mellice doesn’t mind Dean’s actions and the fact she knows he is in the country, proves that Dean = Alfred… And besides his grandmother once shown interest when he and rudi was periodically going to Armenia Fief, so it was a big evidence that he is the first prince

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    1. Iris / his Mother just needs to get him a wife. That would seal off any potential relapses.

      Or just make him work so hard his head is in the ground and he cannot relapse at all.

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  1. Thanks !! 😀

    you say this week chapter, son next sunday or before ? 😮 (its just a question, no speacial meaning ! Since it was a little chaotic the past few chapter and the cliffhanger is hard :D)

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  2. You know, rather than Iris having some cheat-like power thanks to her reincarnated knowledge, I feel it’s her mother who has the cheat power. Of Persuasion and Influence.

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      1. I remember it from Political Science 101 class in college. I don’t know how college in Japan works, but if she took a poli sci 101 course as a elective or required gen ed she would have heard it there during the Propaganda chapter. It’s one of the more famous things he said and he paraphrased himself constantly repeating the same basic idea.

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  3. thanks for the chapter.

    minor mistake:

    “Yes… Oh yes, Dean entrusted me with a letter to give to you, Mother.”(Iris)

    “Oh. Please give it to me.” (Iris)

    My mother received the letter and started to read it immediately. By the time she finished reading the letter she let out a slight laugh.

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    1. On which note, Ryle has his name misspelled as Ryles twice early in the chapter, and Rehme’s name is written differently from previous chapters as well. You might want to go over the names in this chapter again, Kisshouin-sama.

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  4. Thankee for the chapter~

    *cheesy romance movie soundtrack plays*

    *sobs* We’ll wait… for however long for the next chapter… *sniffles*

    *shoots tape recorder playing background music*
    *cough*
    Thankee again!
    And goooo Iris samaaaaaa

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  5. Thank you Reika! Rin and Shiro for the update😆😆😆
    And nice quoting there from Hitler…that person is srsly smart but crazy at the same time 😑 Anyways how dare that prince!!!! Getting Iris’ workers and damaging her conglomerate when in fact they were just waiting in lines for a membership!! Sheeesh!!! How petty of him..and for a moemnt there I really thought that Iris will know about Dean’s identity but well~ it’s nice that Iris has her family and gaaH THE FINAL BATTLE….I’m just so excited and curious to what and how they defeat those obnoxious people!!!😆😆😆😆 again, thank you soooo much for the chapter!!!!!

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  6. 2nd Prince shocked because the noble lady he threw away decided to support the 1st Prince?

    Clearly he’s the victim here.

    *sarcasm thick as molasses drips from every letter*

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  7. thanks for the chapter, i really love this history… i can’t wait for the next chapter, i thinks Dean is going to do his presentation as the 1st prince, and save to Iris .
    ( sorry for the bad english, i am from Chile and speak spanish)

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  8. Dean lol that guy….Iris is starting to suspect, how lovely! I love how both siblings got even more disillusioned about the second prince.

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  9. As expected of Iris, as amazing as ever.. 😌
    And way to go, Berne! You’ve just redeemed yourself! 👏🏻
    I bet that Mellice knows about Dean’s real identity, though I’m not sure about Louis and Gazelle..
    But with the letter that (supposedly) says that Dean used Mellice’s name to get the needed letter, any doubts that we’re starting to form within Iris should have been effectively eliminated, though I sure hope not.. 😕

    “Apparently it is hard for the person himself to say… but he did not find it amusing that you have started to support the first prince. ”
    I wonder, just who is the one supporting the other here? 😏😏

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    1. Of course she knows all about Dean. She’s very close with the queen dowager, so it’s out of the question she doesn’t know about the first prince’s situation. She was also Dean’s guarantor when Iris hired him as her assistant.

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    1. Hitler may be a textbook example of evil, but the fact remains that he took a nation on the brink of collapse and conquered Europe with it. That takes genius.

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  10. What needs to be remembered, that while the church has power over nobles, the influence goes both ways.
    The Anglican Church was started by a king over an argument about a divorse, so while i don’t expect Iris to start her own church, the church is not going to have freedom to do anything they want if she can sway the some of the more powerful noble houses to her side (and her family already is among the most powerful nobles, both in status and in wealth), and few of them might side with her just to take the church down a peg or two if they think she can win.

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