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For Love, For Country

Sadness (“Faith” OST)

Young has just heard that twenty-four of his Woodalchi died- fighting to protect their king…fighting and dying in his stead. He sits alone in the dark silence of his room as the smell of incense fills the air. He doesn’t cry in mourning for his men. No, he can’t cry. He thinks to himself, “I do not deserve to cry.”

Gongmin comes in with heavy footsteps and asks, “What have you been doing here?” Young can only reply, “I’ve just been sitting.” He knows how guilty Gongmin feels and he can’t add to that guilt. He can see it in Gongmin’s eyes and his heart wells with pride at the king he chose to serve- a king capable of empathy. But the same heart is burdened by his own shame; for the death of his men was not the king’s fault but his.

Young can’t allow Gongmin to suffer in guilt any longer. He says, “It was my fault. I wasn’t where I supposed to be.”

Gongmin swallows hard as his heart breaks for his most trusted servant and friend. He knows how much he has asked of Young- asking Young to give up his peace to protect him, fight for him, and even die for him.

Young turns to face his king who sits with heavy shoulders. “You asked me once- what is the order.” Gongmin replies without looking at him, afraid of the answer, “Yes, I did.”

Young states in an unfaltering voice. “That person was always first.” In response, Gongmin’s face hardens with hurt and disappointment.

Young continues with words that he knows is cutting through Gongmin’s heart but he cannot hold back the truth. What has transpired over the past few days has undeniably proven to him where his heart lies and to keep back that truth in the face of the death of his beloved men and the guilt of his king would be wrong. “I am unsure of my loyalty to Goryeo, Your Majesty. It’s dangerous to have someone who has started to think such thoughts by your side.”

“That person was always first.”- Oh, how this phrase has haunted me all week.

My heart wept for Gongmin as he quickly left Young’s room in denial after hearing the answer to the question he had asked him in his most vulnerable moment. He had confessed to Young how tempted he was to just hand over Eun-soo to Ki Chul so that all the battles can end. He had fought so hard to be different from the kings that preceded him but Deok Heung’s simple comment on how Gongmin was copying Deok Heung’s father brought back his fears and doubts. He had asked Young if he chose him because of Eun-soo and Young had replied, “Is the order important?” He knew Young chose him because Young trusted him to keep his promise to protect Eun-soo and he knew that Young would leave him if he didn’t honor his word. He already knew Young’s answer somewhere deep in his heart but to hear it out loud and with such finality, it must have shaken Gongmin very deeply.

Forever (“Carry On” Piano Version)

“That person was always first.”- This phrase marks the end of the journey of Young’s heart. Young protected Eun-soo initially out of duty. He swore an oath to send her back to her world and he needed her safe and alive to fulfill that oath. In order to do that, he remained with Gongmin to help him grow stronger and fight Ki Chul. In the process of fighting off the threats to Eun-soo, he came to understand and love Gongmin and he chose to serve him for his own merits. At the same time, however, Young began to love Eun-soo and his mission to send her back transformed from an oath of words and honor (i.e his life) to an oath of his heart.

“That person was always first.”- Why did I ever doubt it? Even in the beginning when Young didn’t love Eun-soo, he ran to find her instead of staying at the inn to guard Gongmin and Noguk at the Yuan border. After Eun-soo saved his life, he ran to Ki Chul’s house to rescue her when Gongmin allowed Ki Chul to take Eun-soo. After Gongmin asked Young in prison to teach him how to fight against Ki Chul, the first thing Young wanted to know was if Eun-soo was safe. He needed to know she was before he could fully become Gongmin’s person. He let Eun-soo go even when he knew she would be useful to Gongmin in gathering the scholars. He was ready to die to protect the scholars so Eun-soo could be free to leave. He even stole the royal seal and gave it to Deok Heung- the person trying to take Gongmin’s throne- so he can get the antidote for her. Eun-soo was always first for Young. Always.

“That person was always first.”- This phrase marks the end of the journey of Young’s heart. I describe it as the the end because Young has been lucky so far that protecting Eun-soo meant he needed to help Gongmin become a better king. Young fought desperately throughout the whole drama to save both Gongmin and Eun-soo, his heart divided by loyalty to his country and his love for a woman. My heart weeps for how hard this must have been on Young; how much he must have doubted himself and trembled when he walked away from Deok Heung to go to the palace or sat in prison while his men fought to protect their king. Young’s answer to Gongmin reveals to me that now, Young’s heart is one. Young will choose Eun-soo no matter what, even when there is no other way to save Gongmin too.

“That person was always first.”- How powerful is that statement? Young says this to his king and friend without any hesitation and with a certainty that cuts the air with its significance. Young is a warrior who has just told his king that he puts love before loyalty to his country. It disavows everything that Young has sworn and lived his whole life for.

But Young…our dear Young. Even if he said that Eun-soo was and always will be first, I know that he would give up his own life before he let Gongmin fall in danger. That’s why he asked Gongmin to let him go because he doesn’t want to have to make the decision again to save either Eun-soo or Gongmin. He learned a hard lesson through the death of his men and that guilt will always tinge whatever decision he makes. That guilt will make it harder and harder for Young to put Eun-soo above country. He asked Gongmin to let him go so he doesn’t have to make that choice but Gongmin doesn’t let Young go, not allowing him to give up being a warrior.

Yet, I think Gongmin will let Young go soon. Noguk, our wonderful Noguk, showed him what it means to follow the heart, that home is where the heart is. When Young asked Gongmin to give up the royal seal so he can save Eun-soo, Gongmin couldn’t believe that Young would ask him such a thing for a mere woman. So Young asked Gongmin, “Don’t know you know why we need a king?” Yes, I think Gongmin knows why now- to allow his citizens to love and live in peace so that they can build a home around where their heart lies.

Will Young have to face that question again- for love or for country? What will his answer be? Perhaps it will be:

“Eun-soo is my love and my country.”

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  1. Bellezza #

    oh my God… this is early Sunday morning and I have just got home from clubbing.. reading this has making me sober in 5 minutes, and the half liter Vodka that I drunk suddenly has no effect… plus tears falling down like a river.. Faith is my hangover cure!

    “Eun-soo is my love and my country.”

    I have always know it.. but don’t forget, eventhough Eun Soo means the world for Choi Young, he never failed yet.. doing his tasks and duties as a General od Woodalchi.

    October 13, 2012
    • ann #

      Eun Soo is my love ‘n my country, then shall he go to heaven with Eun Soo? Shall he leave his king ‘n his men (woo dal chi)? Even he is so willing to go to heaven, but can he just let his king struggling alone without helping him? Would the king let him so easily?

      Oh I just can’t wait for tomorrow night ‘n I hope these last episodes would occured as we expected. I wish CY ‘n ES would got married to make sure they won’t be a part ‘n lived happily ever after.

      I’m looking forward your recap for the 19th, thank you joonni.

      October 13, 2012
      • joonni #

        ann, I struggle with those questions too and wait excitedly for the next eps to find out. Ahh!!!

        October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      That’s what scares me–that Young never fails and forgets his duty to the king and Woodalchi. A man can’t last being that torn. It makes me nervous.

      October 13, 2012
  2. pam lee #

    Lovely, lovely, lovely post, Joonni Why do you have to go and make me cry? How could Eun Soo leave such a man? If such a man existed in my world and felt this way about me, there is nothing on heaven or hell that could stop me from being with him, heart, body and soul.

    Dear, Eun Soo, please don’t turn your back on Young. If you have to leave through the gates of heaven, go say goodbye to your parents and please return to Goryeo like you’ve done multiple times. Maybe you will remember your journeys and say, this is my last journey, this is where i am meant to be, where I want to be and where I’ve been trying to return all these years. My final destination is with Young.

    October 13, 2012
  3. pam lee #

    Oh, btw, Joonni, I was watching Queen In Hyun’s Man when you posted this and then I am running! Anything Faith makes me quit what I am doing…ahaha. QIHM is getting good…episode 10…sad part.

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      Had to go back to my recap to remember what happened in ep 10 but omg, ep 10! That episode was such a huge rollercoaster of a ride.

      October 13, 2012
      • pam lee #

        I was whooping and crying…and screaming at my laptop like a madwoman (like you said I would)! Haha! Best episode thus far! Thanks for recommending it!

        October 13, 2012
        • QIHM is flawless…EVERYONE MUST WATCH IT!

          October 13, 2012
          • Never saw QIHM, but have only heard of the infamous ‘tip toe’ kiss….ehhehe.

            Guess I should soon…..

            October 13, 2012
            • pam lee #

              *AHHHHHH… That was my fangirl scream when I saw that part… LOL! I’ve only ever physically clutched my heart twice in kdramas, during Faith and now QIHM. 🙂 It is a definite must see kdrama.

              October 14, 2012
              • Sussie #

                Everyone is talking so much about QIHM being such a great drama. I think I’ ll going to start seeing it after Faith. Maybe it will be some part of my rehab session LOL 🙂

                October 14, 2012
              • Riya #

                Hi Joonni, u made me to cry with ur post:(:(:( bt still i luv u for working more & more on Faith:):):) coz i need a booster dose b/w Tuesday to next monday right??? i used to study online & ll be taking tests always for post graduation entrance..,,, bt now fulltime faith faith faith & Scattered Joonni…….. And, yeah sum ppl commenting here ( joonni, pamlee,,,,) making me curious to watch QIHM;);) I will watch it, of course after Faith ;););)

                October 14, 2012
        • joonni #

          Yay!!! That makes me incredibly happy to hear.

          October 13, 2012
  4. petitepirates #

    A truly beautiful piece you wrote about Choi Young and his choice ~ I love it. You’ve analysed the meaning and put it out so well too.

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      Thank you. It was a really complicated scene that brought up a lot of questions for me to unravel and I had to skim through some past episodes to really understand the the full significance of Young’s answer. It’s a really powerful scene that both closes and opens Young’s story.

      October 13, 2012
  5. Sunshine #

    I love how you addressed how they are feeling and thinking at such an agonizing time, and Joonni, what a heartfelt phrase to focus on. That phrase did give me chills when he spoke them. It shows beyond doubt that he is utterly devoted to her, and that devotion is impenetrable and will not be shaken by the expectations of others-even someone who he values and respects so deeply.

    Eun Soo has become someone who not only gave Young a sense of purpose, but she also gives him a sense of validation…because it isn’t the lives he’s killed or his military triumphs that have given him a sense of validation- he feels validated by the honor of keeping his word, and he intends on doing so at any cost.

    I feel like we are hearing a slow and steady rumble in the distance…like an approaching storm…

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      Do you feel that too Sunshine? As I was writing this post, I started to get that feeling and it made me nervous. Also excited as a general drama watcher. I hope the action, drama, and tension goes up higher and higher for the rest of the show.

      October 13, 2012
    • “I feel like we are hearing a slow and steady rumble in the distance…like an approaching storm…”

      That is giving me Dr Who flashbacks and I may have to go curl up in the corner and sob for awhile.

      October 13, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      @Joonni and Onichick,,,I figured I wasn’t the only one sensing that… I’m terrified of bad storms (totally freak me out) and that unsettling feeling came over me as the day went on and I realized this journey is coming to an end…and while I can speculate along with the rest of you of how it is all going to end I will feel helplessly sad if something terrible happens… *thinking happy thoughts, thinking happy thoughts*

      October 13, 2012
      • At least no matter what happens, we will have each other *clings to everyone*

        October 13, 2012
        • pam lee #

          *Desperately clinging onto the Faith fandom…not wanting it to end.

          October 13, 2012
          • Sunshine #

            Aww, girls. The end of Faith will be like the last day of summer camp, where all your new friends that you’ve bonded with and spent *hours, and hours* with have to go home, and everyone cries, and hugs. At least Joonni won’t make us go home. Heehee. 🙂

            October 13, 2012
            • Classy #

              I cant imagine how the hell i am going to spend the time after Faith ends..
              All this bonding as Sunshine put is something i will miss dearly..
              For our sakes and for joonni’s too, I really hope we get another super cool drama to gush over..

              October 14, 2012
  6. Awww…this was lovely.

    And making me realize how much I am going to miss everyone when the show is over. T_T

    I afraid though of what will happen. Just so so so very afraid. *wrings hands*

    October 13, 2012
  7. dje #

    i cannot help but response to what you have written so very touching and written very well (sorry cannot find the correct words to describe it). you are such a very good writer and a very keen observer to truly been able to grasp what the drama wants to convey. thank you for sharing your thoughts !!! can’t wait for your next piece.

    October 13, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      i second that! Joonni’s – that girl has got skills!

      October 13, 2012
  8. I am totally crying now.

    Your comment about her being both his love and his country got me straight in the heart.

    October 13, 2012
    • evlnabiki #

      Yes. Exactly.

      Now I’m on this weepfest.

      Look at my Lee Min Ho piccie; start crying.
      Look at Faith episodes on harddrive; start crying.
      Look at livejournal; start crying.
      Look at plush doggie sitting on my knee; maudlin tears as I clutch doggie to bosom and sob for humanity.

      October 13, 2012
      • Nutella (aka rockharlequin) #

        Hmm… I wonder why it changed my name up suddenly… That was me btw ^u^

        October 13, 2012
        • joonni #

          I thought I recognized the pic.

          I had weepfest some time ago. Thank goodness I’m feeling less fragile right now. Can prepare for the next ep better.

          October 13, 2012
          • Nutella (aka rockharlequin) #

            Make me less fragile tooooooooo~~

            October 14, 2012
      • pam lee #

        Oh, Nutty! I am with you. I don’t think any kdrama has affected me like this thus far! I am weeping with you! *Sobbing I’ll be sobbing more when Faith ends….

        October 13, 2012
        • Nutella (aka rockharlequin) #

          I don’t even want to THINK about when Faith is over. Seriously. I’m sure I’ll find another drama to latch onto, but until we get a blissful end, I’m completely not thinking about what will happen when we reach the end. I don’t care if the ending is completely irrational, or throws history out of whack, as long as I get a completely 100% happy, non-ambiguous (oh yes Rooftop Prince, here’s to looking at you) ending. Preferably, I want to see marriage, and house, and babies.

          October 14, 2012
  9. rivel #

    aaww beautiful piece.. that line has to be my fave in this drama. theres nothing like a gynormous sense of priority and devotion.. sighhh why cant i have this kind of love? Lol

    October 13, 2012
  10. Holy cow, Joonni! What an analysis of CY. I was so moved when he asked the king again, to let him go! I think he is tired of fighting and just wants to live a normal life with ES.I loved when he ran to her and also when he asked her “will you stay by my side! This time it was not an order, it was like stay with me.Ohh, and how can I forget when he asked her “am I still that far away?”

    October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      I love that scene too but this scene more because of the way it displays the entangled relationship between three people- Gongmin, Young, and Eun-soo. I really feel this complicated relationship is the heart of the story and I love, love the writer for bringing this scene to us.

      October 13, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      Ohh…”am I still that far away” when I heard him say those words and the look in his eyes, I felt my heart collapse…

      October 13, 2012
      • Sussie #

        Also, the moment he said “Do you still don’t now why i get angry?!” … I could feel how hurt he was feeling T_T (i don ‘t known if I get that well… but for me, it was like him reclaiming her that she still don’t get that he love her so much).

        I’ m crying again … snif snif

        October 14, 2012
  11. wits #

    Love, love, LOVE this piece… truly a reflection of Choi Young’s heart and soul. Thank you, Joonni for sharing with us your creative talent. What I can’t put down into words, you are always able to do. It’s as if, you have this supernatural ability to gather the collective thoughts and feelings of the Faith fandom and translate them into wonderful prose. *I bow…

    October 13, 2012
  12. bleugrass #

    What a touching piece Jooni!! And by writing it,i felt the impending doom of a sad ending. I was trying to replay some scenes in which ES told CY that he is famous and revered in Heaven. There was even a song and a shrine for him. CY was stunned! It kind of send a message to CY that he is above all else a warrior! This drama is putting me through a whole range of emotions!

    October 13, 2012
  13. ramona #

    Good job, Joonni ! It’s Sunday , early in the morning in this part of the world, and I’m reading your wonderful post ! I can’t wait until tomorrow ! Have a nice day, everyone !.

    October 13, 2012
  14. Joonni, you’ve managed to make me cry again with this beautiful piece. Your creativity and well written work for faith is not good for my heart. Who am I kidding….Faith overall will be the death of me.

    Agreeing with both dje and Sunshine…you, Joonni, have got some great skills! Hands down to you:).

    We all know that CY will move heaven and earth for his Imja. However, he will not hesitate to die in the process of protecting King Gongmin if it comes down to it. Even though he told King Gongmin that ‘That person has always come first’…at the end of the day, he is a true warrior at heart who fights so the greater men (in this case..it’s King Gongmin) can rule. He will not be able to live with himself if he fails as a warrior to his friend and King.

    Like Sunshine…I’m trying to sprinkle ‘happy thoughts’ around me.

    Thanks again Joonni!

    October 13, 2012
  15. Lilly #

    I’ve never heard of this blog or seen it before until Softy said she’ll start recapping Faith here with Joonni and thus began my obsession with Faith or maybe not so obsessed but love the drama and the recaps and everything else. Joonni and Softy, you both are amazing and I don’t know how much to thank you for an awesome job. Sorry it’s already 2:30 am and I’m dead so I gotta go to sleep but I had to post this since no one has said anything about it. Just finished watching May Queen at Viki and was checking out any news for Faith and guess what I came upon??? This is a total shocker so be prepared!!!! I read an article that the writer is planning on creating a twist to the story line saying that Eun Soo and Choi Young are siblings!!!!! Can you believe this, after all they’ve been through to get where they are and now they want to throw this bombshell!!!! I guess they are desperate to raise ratings but are forgetting about how that will mess up the story at the end. I feel like going crazy but I can’t since I’m dead from sleep deprivation. Ok, since I dropped this bombshell now I can go to sleep. Just wanted to vent a little hope no one will get a mini hear attack because that’s what almost happened to me.

    October 13, 2012
    • Oh thank God Joonni already cleared the siblings news already or else I can imagine the mass panic…..

      October 13, 2012
    • joonni #

      I’ve already said that that rumor is false so don’t worry. Someone at soompi just took a news article about how well LMH and KHS were getting along and made a joke out of it. It was a prank.

      October 14, 2012
      • Lilly #

        Thanks gukja and joonni! I guess I’m falling behind with keeping up to date on any news related to Faith. Sorry, I guess I didn’t see your previous post regarding this issue. I usually try to read only recaps and anything majorly important since college is taking away most of my time. Thanks again, you guys saved me from going nuts lol not literally anyway since I forgot about it thanks to homework consuming most of my thoughts.

        October 14, 2012
  16. omiki #

    Nice post, read it with the 2 pieces of instrumentals playing in the background … Hope things turn out well for CY and ES, like KBD and CHJ in QIHM!

    October 14, 2012
  17. Classy #

    Life would have been sooooo much easier and also a tad happier if our warrior knew how to decide what comes first at an more earlier stage..

    But he never really was given a chance to choose HOW HE wanted to live his life and follow what his heart wants, which is why it shook him that his “boys” died..
    Thats also why he begged Gongmin to leave him.

    Now that he has decided to put Eun Soo, numero uno in his life, I think we can atleast see a more calmer and at ease choi young..Though i still doubt he will rush back to Gongmin soon..
    For he does love the king whether he wants to admit or not, its that soft corner in his heart where he holds GOngmin and cherishes him which makes him come back to him always..

    So yeah, for love or country is the ” shakespearean Question” for him..
    FOr which i really really hope he stops deciding things literally and get his answer soon..

    I really cant stand to see him all sad..

    October 14, 2012
    • joonni #

      That’s the one thing I love about sageuks. One’s “job” is not simply a job but everything that person is in society. So there are huge consequences to defying or abandoning your status and position making the story more dramatic.

      October 14, 2012
      • Classy #

        @ joonni:
        Totally agree to what you have said.. word by word..

        October 14, 2012
  18. Dear Joonnie,

    Why is it you never fail to make me cry whenever you publish a post on Faith?

    Here’s hoping that Choi Young’s “That person was always first.” means he follows her to the present…

    Will meet you guys all tomorrow night at the camp-fest!

    nutty

    p.s: am looking for the OST of faith and arang…especially the instruemental tracks…can some kind soul give me directions?

    October 14, 2012
  19. Kristen #

    Ooohhh, touche! Thats real love, love, love in that statement of young. See you guys tomorrow in fate.

    October 14, 2012
  20. bellezza #

    honestly…. the though of a sad ending alone, is a nerve wrecking mind blowing energy draining brain f-ing to me already. To the point that I can’t hardly put my mind at ease and the fact that the possibility of unhappy ending is still open, I need to calm my self the heck down and try to get back to reality that this is just a drama. but still, the epicness of this Faith… make me so weak that I have no strength to fight… I lost and died hundred times already… I love Faith so much and praying my lips off for the happy ending..
    Writer Song Ji Na…. jaebal!!!!!! please!!!

    October 14, 2012
  21. Iluvlee #

    Joonni I know everyone as already commended you for this amazing piece… But I am still going to say it… Your incredibly gifted,:) for you to have put so much more live into a line that had already had it’s way with my heart and make me ache so much more for what CY is going through.

    I know he grieves and blames himself for the lost of his Woodalchi and I think what really kills him the most is the fact that If he had a chance to do it over again he still would have chosen to save ES and that is why he feels the need to give up his position…:(
    My poor CY… having to choose between Love and Loyalty both of which means so much to him.

    BTW “Eun-soo is my love and my country.” Just killed me

    October 14, 2012
    • Iluvlee #

      OMG… what’s up with my first paragraph… grammar error, spelling error…LOL…I was kind of sleepy

      October 14, 2012
  22. Iluvlee #

    It’s almost D-day :D… ladies can you feel my excitement!!!

    Am going to miss coming here to discuss Faith sooooooo much…this blog has taken watching and enjoying this K drama to a whole new level and am loving every minute of it…

    So anyways since this drama has basically taken over my life and thoughts HECK even my dreams.(seriously “Faith” there’s no stopping you is there! 🙂 ) It kind of inspired me to attempt making an MV for “Imja Couple” to help satisfy my yearning for the next episodes.
    I hope it’s ok to post it here Joonni

    BTW guys this is a first for me so…don’t mind the bumps too much 😀

    October 14, 2012
    • Jungah #

      Very nicely done! I really liked it! It absolutely reminds me of how much I love our Imja couple and how much I want them to stay together.

      October 14, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Enjoyed watching this!

      October 15, 2012
    • loved your mv,i had so much love for our imja couple..love how CY adams apple move everytime he had to suppress what he really feels for ES..teary eyed..:(

      October 17, 2012
  23. When I heard those words, saw Gongmin’s reaction to them and the following words Young spoke, I knew this was a turning point for both of them. From here onwards, IF and when Young stays it will not be for king and country, but for the wish of the woman he loves.

    October 14, 2012
  24. Dear Joonni,

    I just wanted to say thank you very much for this wonderfully written piece. The line “That person was always first” was a line that bore so much weight.

    The post with the music made me cry and I couldn’t resist commenting. You are brilliant and your post just got me in the gut and the thought of the pain CY and ES is facing hurts so much as if someone stabbed my heart and twisted that knife and I’m not even the one who has to endure this pain.

    I guess the thing that gets me the most about this drama is the relationship among its characters even those of heroic and evil characters. The core of the drama has always been about heart. CY’s sincere and raw feelings towards ES just kills me. I wish I had the power to take all those pain away from CY and ES but the world does not work that way.This drama feels real. I guess that’s why I love it so much. I can imagine normal people having to face this kind of problems in their daily life in this era without the supernatural powers or time travelling thing.

    The drama makes me question my own strength and what I would do if I were in any of the character’s shoes mostly CY, GM and ES. Would I have done the same? Would i put my happiness first? The drama , in the end would have made me a better person.

    Sorry for rambling. I love Faith and all Faithlings too much. You guys are the reason that waiting for Faith every Mon and Tuesday bearable.

    Thank you!

    October 14, 2012
    • joonni #

      I love dramas that portray characters that I can admire, no matter how fictional the story is because it’s not about the specifics but the general human message.

      I loved QIHM because of its beautiful and admirable characters and now with Faith, I am being blown away by how much our four main have grown to the awesome characters that they are. I feel so proud of them.

      October 14, 2012
  25. faither #

    ok… suddenly I remember this and shocking my brains out… what is this mean? a sad ending? when Eun Soo read the letter whe wrote for her self from that diary.. there was this sentence
    “and please treat your marriage partner equally…. ”
    what is that mean? she won’t marry CY? she’ll be back to heaven world and marry someone else? HELP!!!!!!

    October 14, 2012
    • ladyeury #

      I don’t remember that in the diary at all! I would think that line would stick out. Maybe it was translated incorrectly!

      October 14, 2012
    • joonni #

      I don’t know where the subbers got “marriage partner” but I don’t think there was anything in her diary to suggest that translation.

      October 14, 2012
    • Nutella (aka rockharlequin) #

      Which translators’ subs were you watching? Because I’m pretty sure the Viki team didn’t sub that.

      Has anyone else suffered from this: That moment when you watch/sub something raw, and then are forever paranoid that you misheard/misunderstood (and perhaps maybe missubbed) some crucial dialogue wrong >.<;; ?

      October 14, 2012
  26. Good Sunday morning here in Florida, USA. ..”please treat your marriage partner equally.” What episode was that? I don’t remember that part at all? I am having to watch all of the episodes all over again it seems I have missed some stuff. It must be due to so many different kinds of translation or interpretation from Korean to English.

    October 14, 2012
  27. What about the page DH burned up, could that be an important clue now that ES does not know that it is missing.

    October 14, 2012
  28. faither #

    I remember which episode, but she read that in her own diary.. I think episode 17 when she found out CY’s trap and asked DH to stop it…. why in the world ES wrote that for ES? OMO…… a sad ending will be my death…. NO!!! adweyo!!!!

    October 14, 2012
    • Sussie #

      @faither and Zulma, it was on Ep17. Depending on subtitling group, they translated as “marriage partner” or “that person”, in all cases referring to CY (at the end of E17, she finally understood… CY was “that person” to her)

      October 14, 2012
      • faither #

        thank you so much…. now I can continue on living….

        October 14, 2012
  29. Jungah #

    Oh, Joonni, this was so well written! I am in a store and I had to hold back tears so people wouldn’t think I was some weirdo crying at my phone.
    This drama is going to be the death of me.

    P.S. Sunshine – you were in my dream last night! Strange, I know, since we have never met, but in my dream, you were announcing how you had written a new song for Choi Young, and played it as the crowd listened in rapture. I have Faith on the brain, I guess. =)

    October 14, 2012
    • Sunshine #

      Are you serious?! That is wild. I have been working like crazy on a song about CY and ES, to the point of exasperating my hubs. ( he’s stuck listening to every rendition unless I have headphones on) I’ve tried to only peek in here and there today because he said my Faith obsession is a bit out of control. Sadly, he’s probably right. I felt kinda bad, so if I only comment here and there, I’m trying to be good. 🙂

      October 14, 2012
      • Sussie #

        ROFL… Hahahaha @Sunshine, you make me laugh so much that my cheeks are hurting … ROFL

        Reading your comment, remind me to my poor hubby hahaha… yesterday (Saturday) he said me the same thing… that i am a little out of control with this drama (teasing me of course… he is not mad or anything like that! hahaha). He told me that in 2 yrs of marriage, he has get to know my little obsession with k-dramas, but this time, seems to be a bit out of control (seeing me… rewatch episodes in same week, repeat like 10 times scenes with CY/ ES). hahaha. In order to forget briefly about Faith, he even took me to cinema (Yeah! lucky for me… 🙂 )
        Poor husbands … what they don’t know is that after ending Faith… this obssession will not end! Still we are going to be in rehab sessions here at Joonni’s ROFL

        Gladly for me, I will not be alone at home watching the finale since I already convinced my younger sister to watch Faith, so she has been catch up since yesterday (unstoppable) 😀

        October 14, 2012
        • Sunshine #

          Sussie,

          I could hardly sleep after 4:00am when I woke up and realized it was Faith day. Hubs freelances, so since he has not been around, I’ve been back to commenting up a storm..so many people on here have such good insights, and catch details I missed. 🙂 This really is a community here!

          October 15, 2012
  30. ladyeury #

    It’s late Sunday night, well actually, early Monday morning now, here is Seoul. I should be sleeping but oh Joonni how you got the ole brain a thinking once again. What a beautiful piece. I truly love how you just have such insight into the characters and thus give us such insight. I am crossing everything I can in my hope for a happy ending but at the same time preparing myself for a tragic one. If there was ever a character I truly wished a happy ending for it is CY. So looking forward to our next episode in just a few hours!

    October 14, 2012

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