continued from last entry thoughts on epi 20 (1)
Hau Yee's death mystery unraveled
Anyway, I was wondering could Ka Yeung have averted the tragedy had he come home earlier, even a week would have made a big difference. Because of Ka Hin's mild character, average business acumen and low self esteem (don't want to say weak - cos' he not that) Hau Yee's innate domineering trait was conversely reinforced by the need of a heavy hand (because of her gender) to run the family business. Absolute power corrupts and the unbearable, unrelenting stress over time soon turned her into an insensitive, impatient and implacable 'dictator'. Besides her father, she did not have a high opinion of the men around her, but she did have a special bonding with Ka Yeung sensing the great potential in him, even when young had already pegged him as their father's successor. If anyone could change/influence her mind or soften her heart or lessen her burden, it would be her beloved smart and charming 3rd brother.
Given their many spontaneous embraces, Ka Seng is obviously more open with his affection for Ka Yeung than for Ka Hin, maybe because Ka Yeung is more approachable with his genial demeanor and easy-going conduct. Notice how Ka Yeung chats so easily with Chor Gao and the male workers and how very respectful he was to Lan Jie when he questioned her about the drugged Ka Seng's condition. Unlike Ka Hin or Hao Yee, Ka Yeung goes out of his way to put people at ease in his presence with his charm (even the old sly fox 2nd uncle fell for it ) . So, if Ka Yeung had time to speak with Ka Seng and in the process found out about the latter's passion for opera, how would he counsel Ka Seng? He himself had a dream that he pursued at all cost; Ka Seng also has a dream he wishes to pursue at all cost, just that his dream is deemed beneath his status and that of his family's.
Guilt piled upon guilt, Ka Yeung had to wonder if he had come home much earlier could all this tragedy be averted? Besides being an unfilial son with his leaving home against his father's wish, now his persistent sleuthing has undoubtedly destroyed his brothers' lives. (But then sooner or later, Ka Seng's memory of that night will resurface.) Had he come home earlier would he have prevented Ka Seng from running away? So many "what ifs" and so many "if only".