Please note that this is not a full recap as it’s already been done by my respectable bloggers. Bits of an episode were picked as inspired.
*Taken from The Moon That Embraces the Sun episode 2
OST – Back In Time
As Yeom is introduced as the Crown Prince Hwon’s new teacher, with his sister (Yeon-woo)’s help, he finds a way to open the prince’s heart.
Yeom, “So in place of today’s lesson, may this humble subject present you a riddle?”
“If Your Highness guesses correctly then I’ll go according to Your Highness’s wish and hand over the literature position. But if Your Highness can’t figure out the answer, please do the apprentice ceremony to me, and use a positive attitude when learning.”
The prince says, “Do you want to make a deal with me? [he thinks for a while] Very well. Speak.”
Yeom, “Since you have ordered it, then I’ll ask. ‘Can cause all living things in the world to become bright in a moment, and can cause all living things in the world to become dark in a moment’, what is it?”
Even though the prince thinks it’s an easy one, Yeom insists that it’s not as simple, “I hope to hear Your Highness’s answer at our next lesson.”
In the next lesson, the prince tells him his answer,
“The correct answer is the monarch’s politics. As the Doctrine of the Mean have said, “Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.” , so a monarch should govern the country with sincerity and morality. It should ensure the harmony and equilibrium in all living things. In other words, people’s lives will have a bright future ahead, and on the other hand, people’s lives can turn dark and lightless. So the correct answer is the monarch’s politics.”
After listening to the prince, Yeom says, “I’m very sorry. The answer is not the same as mine.”
He continues, “The answer is eyelids.”
The prince is confused, “Are you currently making fun of me?”
Yeom returns, “If Your Highness is not satisfied with the correct answer, then will it become a joke? Not being able to find the answer in the books to the question, do you think it’s a low-level thing?”
He explains, “From a child’s point of view, all living things in the world can become a question, and all living things in the world can become its answer. In the process of learning, there are two important points that have to be remembered. One point, is the arrogance of knowing the correct answer. The other point is, your prejudice in using your own norm to determine things. This arrogance and prejudice, will cover Your Highness’s eyes and mind with darkness. You should be understanding instead. You talked about the monarch’s politics, right? What you said is right. But if the eyelids are closed, how will you observe the lives of the people? How will you talk about the road of the king? First of all, please correct your attitude in learning.”
The prince stands up as if in anger, he orders Hyung-sun,
“Tell the fruit room to prepare some light refreshments. After I finish studying, I want to have a chat with teacher, to enhance a student and a teacher’s relationship.”
“Today I pay my respects to you as Great tutor to seek your teachings. Please forget my rudeness during this period of time, and accept my respect.” The Prince bows. Yeom quickly gets up and bows.
To everyone’s relief, the prince finally accepts his new teacher.
Upon learning that it’s Yeom’s sister who gave him the courage, the prince orders the barley sugar be wrapped for her, “I want to give it to my hidden teacher…” He smiles.
Later when he knows that his new teacher is the , this time, top scorer on the imperial exam in literature, he recalls the girl he met that day told him she came to participate in her brother’s ceremony being the top scholar. He realizes she is Yeom’s sister.
After Yeon-woo receives the gift from the prince through Yeom, she carefully chooses a paper for “It’s not a letter, but a reflection of fault”, as she explains.
Yeom hands the gift from his sister to the prince, “This is her return gift for the barley sugar…”, a flower plot and a letter.
The prince unfolds the letter, “Have a look at this letter Hyung-sun. How can one believe that this is a 13 years old girl literary talent?”
Hyung-sun says, “There aren’t many girls that understand the Chinese characters, moreover to have such a good literary talent. But how is the content written in the letter?”
The prince looks at the letter carefully, “It’s Lee Gyo Bu’s poem.”
Yeon-woo’s voice, “A mountain monk desires the light of the moon. He draws water from the well into the bottle. And when he gets back to the temple he realizes, that when the bottled is poured, the moon will disappear. Why must you keep thinking of a young girl’s mistake? Please forget what transpired at the Silver Moon Building. I’m current repenting.”
The prince realizes, “She has solved the riddle that I gave her. Telling me to forget her. And I was thinking of how smart she is, she’s really foolish.”
In his mind, “How can I forget you?”