"I didn't scorn..."
Mu'en was momentarily at a loss. She didn't know what these two books that made her instinctively back away were, but were these really... usable books that she could learn from?
But in actuality, compared to the entire bookshelves that gave her chills, these two books in front of her seemed much more normal.
Or rather, they seemed rather alluring and brought about a desire to flip them open.
But such a sensation made Mu'en wary.
It meant that just by being there, these two books had the power to influence a person's state of mind.
Thus, she had taken half a step back.
However, the man's words, 'These are all fundamental knowledge and there's still a lot more to learn in the future,' was a huge shock to whatever feeble knowledge Mu'en had gained in her life at the lab.
Lin Jie's expression was serious as he had said that, and it even seemed as if he let out the aura of a university professor giving a lecture.
The sort of formidable and repressive lecturer that would go, "Students, who would like to answer this simple question? If no one raises their hands, I will randomly pick from the name list."
Could this really be... fundamental knowledge?
Mu'en hesitated for a bit, then placed the register book down before carefully accepting the two books from the encouraging and smiling Teacher Lin.
When she took the books, Mu'en sensed a slight shudder from within her own soul.
Lin Jie patted her head with a satisfied smile. "That's more like it. Don't resist learning. Though painful, it is actually very useful. Learning is a never-ending yet readily available ladder of progress; don't view it with an opinionated attitude. A house can't just have a roof alone. It requires solid foundations and layer after layer of bricks to form a complete and sturdy house.
"Deep inside you, such a house would be the most firm of fortresses when you face any difficulties that may come your way."
Lin Jie continued on, "These are all things you would never lose that will become your greatest backing. Beyond mere worldly possessions, only your intelligence can give you self-confidence when you are down and out; it can make you retain clear-headedness in times of success.”
Lin Jie gazed firmly at the young girl and put a hand on her shoulder. "This is your true power."
This time, Lin Jie wasn't imparting chicken soup but expressing his own creed and personal experience.
His life in all these three years was drastically different from before transmigrating. There were many difficulties faced that others wouldn't be able to understand. However, Lin Jie had overcome all of them and established his bookstore slowly to where it was today.
And besides the mouth of his, what he relied on more were the skills and knowledge he possessed, accumulated over the years.
With a stern expression, Lin Jie preached, "Remember, all that you gain will never be worthless. Your efforts now are for your future and provide you with much more alternatives should you ever find yourself in a sticky situation. Got it?"
Mu'en only half understood and just nodded with a puzzled look on her tiny face. "I will study well."
Teacher Lin retracted his hands and rambled on, "The last young customer around your age that visited my store fell in love with learning and immediately bought quite a number of books to good effect. Therefore, don't worry that you won't be able to handle it. The books she borrowed were much more advanced than yours so you'll be absolutely fine.
"As my assistant, being able to read all these books in the bookstore for free is really an amazing perk."
Mu'en was already dizzy from Teacher Lin's sermon and could only nod her head instinctively like a little chick. Whatever he said was correct.
Lin Jie cleared his throat. "Alright, go and read. I don't think there will be any customers these couple of days. You can first learn these basics. I'll check on your progress at any time so don't goof off."
Mu'en shifted the chair for customers to behind the counter and began her life of study.
The process of 'learning' was easier than Mu'en imagined because this artificial girl didn't have any systematic education. Thus, there was no issue of new knowledge subverting and clashing with previously fixed understandings. Thus, it was only whatever little understanding she had from before quickly combining with the influx of new knowledge.
From time to time, the young girl would glance at Lin Jie and think to herself that he had indeed been right— Door Key: Knowledge was indeed all about the fundamentals.
However, the scope of these fundamentals was just too huge.
Included amongst all of these were all the fundamental understanding, science, and abilities of humans as well as other nonhuman species.
The nonhuman species category included animals, plants, supernatural creatures...
If Mu'en wasn't a clean slate like she was currently, she would most likely have been overwhelmed by this large quantity of information and fall into a vegetative state.
And even though it was her, she still spent a long time in a daze before finally struggling to break free.
Mu'en then came up with a way to store this knowledge: creating a 'memory sink' within her mind to store away all this vast and complex information by categories and only retain the information she had digested.
At times needed, she could retrieve it from the 'memory sink' and that would make things much easier.
The other book, Sigil Fundamentals, could still be considered basics. Just that these fundamentals were the basics of white magicians.
According to the knowledge within Mu'en's memory sink, these sigils were the source of a white magician's power.
Black magician's powers came from speech, while white magician's power came from written language.
In other words, black magician's incantations corresponded to white magician's sigils.
However, developing the power of a white magician wasn't something that sole sigils could achieve. The crucial part was combining sigils.
Teacher Lin's spot checks were also on her reading ability.
Teacher Lin picked up an elementary-level language textbook, flipped to a random section, and pointed at one of the words. "What does this word mean?"
Student Mu'en raised her hand and answered, "Light and fire of a blaze."
Teacher Lin was momentarily stunned. He took a second look at the word he was pointing at, 'fire', and felt as if his own student had progressed from elementary level to junior high level in just a short time.
It does still seem somewhat wrong... But strictly speaking, it isn’tincorrect either...
"Cough... What about this?" Lin Jie pointed at the word, 'electricity'.
"Luminescence of lightning," Student Mu'en once again answered.
"...This?" Lin Jie pointed at the word, 'wood'.
Student Mu'en contemplated for a moment before answering confidently, "Provenance of all living things."
Lin Jie put down the textbook and mused with lament, "Not bad, Student Mu'en. It looks like you have already grasped it entirely."
He handed over the register book. "I can feel at ease entrusting you with the responsibility of a bookstore assistant."
Mu'en nodded and accepted it with a straight face.
She roughly knew why she was made to learn all this... The boss had definitely noticed her fear of the shelves and books.
That meant she would be unable to properly attend to customers, so he needed to train her first, letting her get used to it and at the same time improving her ability.
Mm, he has really thought this through carefully.