While they waited for Péi to return, Jié Qiáng moved the small nearby table to rest in front of himself and Mîn Jíng. He sat next to her at an angle and took her hand again to kiss and hold close.
“Prince Zhāng Jié Qiáng’s Marriage Oath To Princess Yīng Mîn Jíng”
“There will be no concubines. No brothels or any such women. My wife will be the only woman in my palace and in my bed.”
“My wife’s cherished pet rabbit Xiù Xiù is allowed anywhere in the palace her mistress goes. Anyone who brings harm to Xiù Xiù will be suitably punished.”
“I will escort my wife to all kingdom festivals and wear the black butterfly mask to each.”
“My adorable wife is free to express her brilliant mind, gentle heart, and indomitable spirit in any way she desires without threat of punishment by me or anyone else. I will defend her right to do so for all of my days.”
“No one is allowed to harm or disrespect my dear wife or treat her as a political hostage. Anyone who dares will suffer by my hand.”