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Held in the Lonely Castle (孤城闭)

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Title: 孤城闭, Gu Cheng Bi, Held in the Lonely Castle

Author: 米兰Lady, Mi Lan Lady

Drama Adaption: Serenade of Peaceful Joy (2020)

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Genres: [Drama] [Harem] [Historical] [Josei] [Romance] [Tragedy]

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Between a relationship with love without physical affection and a loveless marriage, which would you choose?

In this story, buried deep within the annals of Song Dynasty history, the Emperor’s beloved daughter chose the former.

In the eyes of Censor Sima Guang and the rest, the story’s female lead “doesn’t respect the teachings of her elders and doesn’t know the meaning of virtue. She acts as she pleases, absolutely fearless. She has frequently disobeyed her Imperial Father’s orders and disgraced her husband’s family’s ancestors,” while the male lead “doesn’t keep to his station. His sinful crimes have grown as tall as a mountain. He should be publicly executed.” Their universally shocking and shunned love is hidden within the criticism of these moral articles.

“Mistaken meeting, on Taoyuan Road.
A hazy sunset covered thousands of miles.
My lord is leaving and I can’t make him stay.
Under the autumn moon, a spring breeze blows.
The peach blossom petals scatter like red rain.
The face I long for has disappeared from view.”

– Collection of Musings, Second Work, Taoyuan, Tang Dynasty – Anonymous

(Learn more about the poem~)

Chapters are naturally divided into parts in the raws.
Thank you for your patience <3



Chapter 1: Autumn Riverside, Esteemed Guests, A Pair of Geese Fly Overhead

Chapter 2: Noticing You Since That Time We Met (恁时相见已留心)

Chapter 3: Pointlessly Missing Another Chance (无端又被东风误)


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  • Thank you for translating this!! This is the first time I read a novel with an eunuch as the main male, thank you Translator Sama !

    • Hi Nona! Thanks for your comment. It’s my first time reading a novel with a eunuch ML too! I’d love to know your thoughts as the story goes on! Thanks for your patience in between chapters <3

  • Please continue to translate
    I m dying waiting for this incredible novel
    I watched the drama series but a novel says it all the best ….please translate

    • Hi Liew, Glad you like (or are at least looking forward to) the novel! Don’t worry, translation hasn’t stopped! I should have the next chapter up by tonight or tomorrow. I’m moving, so translating has taken a bit of a backseat this week.

      Part of the reason for slow releases is, in part, because of tendonitis in my wrists as I’m the only active tl atm ^ ^; If you’re interested in faster releases, please check out the recruitment post for translation assistants 🙂

  • Thanks for your hard work! I’m looking forward to reading this novel. I am also reading Why Harem Intrigue.

    • Hi CC,
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I hope you enjoy Held in the Lonely Castle as much as Why Harem Intrigue! Thanks for supporting our projects <3

  • Hello Nyamachi! I was wondering if you’re still translating this novel? I check back from time to time for updates, but haven’t seen any in a while. Hope everything is well! Thank you for all the work you do <3

    • Hey Jasmine, thanks for checking in! ❤️ Yes, the team is still working on this novel. We actually have a few chappies translated but have been stuck at the translation checking phase.. This novel needs lots of research 🙁 Thank you so much for your patience 💖

  • Thanks for translating the novel! I’m excited to read it. Hope you and the team are well too!! ❤️

    • Hello Chrissy, Very belated, but thank you so much for your well wishes! I’m so happy that you’re excited to read HLC! Please enjoy~

  • Hello. Hope you are well. Why did you stop updating this novel? I was waiting for your translations to finish so much. I couldn’t check for updates for a while because of my academics. Now when I got break, you aren’t updating it anymore. I thought the novel was finish translated. Now I feel like crying.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

    • Hey Zixi, thanks for commenting. I’m dealing with some health issues and haven’t been able to update as a result. So sorry! I will try to update as soon as I’m feeling better. Thanks for your patience 🙏🏼

  • Hi, I hope you’re feeling better now. If not then you can continue to take your time

    • Hey Mapsy, thanks for checking in! I’m glad you’re enjoying HLC. Still dealing with health issues so I’ll probably need a bit more time, but I really appreciate your well wishes and patience 🙏🏼

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