It is very hard to identify why I’m addicted to one drama and not the other. But with Eternal Love aka. 3 Lives 3 Worlds 10 Miles of Peach Blossoms I can pinpoint exactly when both my analytical mind and my sentimental heart became one. That moment is when Ye Hua asked Tian Jun’s permission to remove Su Su’s eyes himself. It sounds morbidly grotesque and I would never list it under the “Most Romantic Moment in a Drama” category, but in that moment I thought, this man truly and deeply loves his wife.
The easiest thing for him to do is let someone else perform the terrible deed, then comfort his wife afterwards by painting himself as her savior. But Ye Hua is anything but a cowardly delusional man. If his wife must surrender her eyes to keep her life, then he will be the last person she sees. She will know that he is the one responsible for what happens to her. He will swallow his own shame to look her in the eyes and bear her anger, her confusion, her hurt, and her terror. And he will accept that she will hate him for it. And, THAT takes no small amount of courage.
Her eyes for her life. It is the only way to halt Tian Jun and Su Jin’s plotting. Normally, Ye Hua is the epitome of cool and collected under pressure. But in this instance, he is on full panic mode. He hissed at his uncle that he knows Su Jin’s “accident” is a setup but he can’t think of a way to get Su Su out of danger. Even though he is about to lose it, he puts on his unflappable facade as soon as Tian Jun walks in the room. Never give bully the opportunity to taunt you.
I have never seen a hand with so much drama in it. I felt just as anxious as him as he racked his brain for a way to save Su Su while appearing absolutely disinterested in her welfare. When that fist relaxed, I felt mysterious relieved. “Hooray! He found a way!” I thought. He used Su Jin’s words as a way out. He proposed a relatively harsh punishment for Su Su, short of death sentence. He waited for everyone to agree to the punishment then followed up with a proposal for him to take her place. The man was incredible brilliant with his unbeatable rationale. The only thing he can’t take her place is give Su Jin a pair of eyes.
So when Tian Jun dispatched someone to retrieve Su Su’s eyes, Ye Hua volunteered to do it himself. I don’t know if he did it to prove to Tian Jun that he doesn’t care for Su Su. Or, he doesn’t want a stranger terrorizing Su Su. Or, maybe it is a combination of both.