und at the merchants and opened her mouth.

“I want to ask you something.”

“Please.
If it is you, we should at least listen to it.”

To be precise, he must have wanted to establish a relationship with Duke Balazit.

It seemed that Nadia’s identity was still a part of the Balazit family in the public eyes, not as the Marchioness of Winterfell.

“Is there anyone of you who could extend the repayment due date?”

“…..”

“……”

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However, unlike their crooked motive, no one was willing to listen.

It seemed unexpected that Nadia, the daughter of the Duke, would make such a request.

“Why? Is it too difficult to ask?”

“Uh, that’s….”

“The Winterfell family is an honorable family.
They never steal the money of innocent civilians.
I swear on my maiden name.”

“B-But, Madam, don’t you have the dowry that you received from the Duke when you got married? We have heard that the amount is quite enormous.
How could you not repay even though you have enough funds to pay us… We hope you understand that it is hard for us too.”

The one who said that was the bloated man who seemed to be the leader of the merchants.

Did Gordon say that his name was Shylock? Nadia looked straight at him and continued.

“As for that money, there is another place to spend it.
It’s not that I won’t pay your money back.
I just need some time to raise the money first.”

“If you don’t mind, may I know what you want to do with the dowry?”

“I’m sorry but I can’t tell you that.”

“…..”

They didn’t have to ask to know how obvious the noble maiden who grew up like a flower in a greenhouse would spend the dowry for.

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‘She is going to buy a bunch of jewelry!’

After living in the splendid Capital and getting married to the lord of a barren land in the North, wouldn’t she feel some sense of loss?

Shylock had seen many examples of such a lady.
Many of them filled their empty hearts with luxuries.

Selling luxury goods to such ladies was one of his main sources of money, so he knew it well.

When that topic came up, Shylock’s face became serious.

It was a face that that could fool anyone who didn’t know the circumstances well.

Nadia continued to speak in a serious tone, knowing that Shylock was laughing out loud in his heart.

“As I said before, I am not forcing you to.
All of you must be merchants who have dealt with Winterfell for a long time.
I heard that the previous Marquis treated merchants generously.
So, for the sake of the past, I’m asking you to do me a favor just once… Is that impossible?”

“…..”

“…..”

Some might say that delaying the debt payment due a little wasn’t that difficult.

If Winterfell failed to raise money until the end, wouldn’t it be right to take the land as collateral?

But by then, it was already too late.
The fertile land would have been secured by those who first claimed it.

Delaying the due would put them into a loss–Not delaying it would cost them a fortune.

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