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Coffee Prince Chapter 16: “Love Is a Secret You Can’t Hide”
by | August 4, 2007 | 35 Comments


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Whew! Now things get even more exciting, and dare I say, sexy? Also, the increasing length of these posts isn’t exactly indicative of longer chapters — they’re all pretty consistent in page length. It’s just, as things develop further, they get more interesting, thus there are more things I want to point out.

Anyway. Savor this one, guys! It’s nice and juicy.

CHAPTER 16: “Love is a Secret You Can’t Hide”

Eun Chan arrives at hotel room S11 and enters to find the place in utter disorder. Clothes everywhere, chairs fallen on their sides, items scattered all over. She’s shocked to see the mess, especially since Han Gyul is such a neat freak. She asks what happened, and Han Gyul calls her over:

His reply came from the inner room. She wasn’t sure if he had been drinking, was still drinking, or if the alcohol had spilled everywhere. In any case, the smell of liquor reeked from the room.

Han Gyul sits on the ground between the table and the sofa, looking disheveled. He calls her over to watch TV with him, so she sits down beside him.

Suddenly, his arm slung around her shoulder. Startled, Eun Chan looked at him, but he was watching the variety program on television just as before, holding a bottle of liquor in his hand.

Han Gyul offers Eun Chan a drink, and when she declines, he tells her to have a drink anyway. He holds the bottle to her lips and holds her head so she can’t avoid it, and she coughs while choking on the liquor.

Eun Chan coughed while gasping for breath, and his hand reached up to wipe away the liquor from her chin. He acted as though it were nothing, like wiping the mouth of a child, then drank from the bottle. It was strange seeing him drinking in big gulps, and she asked as she watched him:

“Did you get your heart broken?”


Liquor sprayed out from his mouth. Choking back something between a sneeze and a cough, he asked:

“Wh-what did you say?”

She saw the droplets of liquid that had spilled on his chin. Without thinking, she reached out, just as he had, to wipe them away.

Eun Chan realizes what she’s doing, then pretends like it didn’t happen, asking if he got dumped by Yu Ju. She could tell it was going to happen — “In my opinion, she’s not right for you. She’s much better with the bubble wrap man. He might be a bit of a pain, but he’s well-mannered.” Han Gyul has no idea what she’s talking about with the bubble wrap, so she rambles on about how much fun it is to pop the bubbles.

Suddenly feeling the mood change strangely, Eun Chan stopped talking. He was staring at her intensely, and started to come closer. As he drew nearer, Eun Chan found herself pulling backward.

“Wh-what are you doing?”

His gaze landed on her lips. At Han Gyul’s sudden closeness, Eun Chan thought her heart would burst.

“You’re strange.”

Eun Chan tried evading by forcing a joke.

“M-my teeth aren’t rotting.” [A pun. “You’re strange” (yi-sang-hae) also means “damaged teeth.”]

“No, you’re strange.”

It hadn’t worked. He stared at her as intently as before, coming so near she could feel his breath.

“Your hair is strange, too…”

He took a lock of her hair, rubbing the strands together in scrutiny. His hand then lowered to touch her cheek. She thought her heart would fly out of her chest.

“And your skin is strange…”

Her pulse thumped crazily. Eun Chan gulped, and stared into his eyes. She felt like her own body would melt at his wonderful scent.

“And your lips are strange…”

What was strange was Eun Chan’s heart. She couldn’t think anything at all. She didn’t know if he’d sensed she was a girl, or if he meant to say the words he was saying, but she couldn’t form a single thought. She could only tremble in anticipation at the thrill of his finger about to come into contact with her lips.

At last, his thumb touched her lip. As he stared intensely at Eun Chan, her lips gradually parted. His gaze had her completely enthralled. She looked at him, excited, trembling, and insecure.


And then…

“You’re gay, aren’t you?”

Instantly, everything stopped. Her thrill of excitement disappeared, and she felt a keen disappointment, which ruined her mood.

Eun Chan shoves Han Gyul aside and gets up, her heart still pounding, her face reddening in embarrassment. But in her forceful shove, Han Gyul falls over — and lands on a liquor bottle. Immediately, she crouches next to him and worriedly asks if he’s okay.

Han Gyul grumbles at her strength, and asks how much meat she ate at dinner (“only six portions”), which turns the mood back into something resembling friendly bickering.

Eun Chan gets up to leave, but Han Gyul tells her to stay. She protests, saying she has her milk delivery in the morning —

“Quit that job. All right? From today, no, starting tomorrow, don’t do anything. Just stay by my side. Got it, Mr. Go Eun Chan?”

He hadn’t sobered at all. He was still spouting crazy talk.

It was so absurd, Eun Chan flopped down on the sofa with a thwump. Truthfully, she didn’t want to go either. With one word from him, her feelings were yanked back and forth, from happy to sad, hot to cold.


Some time later, they both sit on the couch together.

Han Gyul sat on the left end of the sofa, and Eun Chan, sitting on the right end, watched as he drank. Four legs lay entangled in between them.

They relax and drink wine, feeling languid and comfortable as they talk. Han Gyul asks what Eun Chan’s father was like, and she responds that he was wonderful. When she asks about his father, he answers, “I’m an orphan.”

Eun Chan’s so startled she doesn’t know how to react. Han Gyul tells her to keep her mouth sealed about this: “You’re the only person I’ve ever told.” He tells how he inadvertently overheard his parents talking when he was eleven, and found out that he was sent to a foster home shortly after being born, and was adopted by his current parents.

Hearing this, Eun Chan thinks with sympathy:

She saw him through fresh eyes. She’d thought he was a young son of a wealthy family with no worries and no pain. She’d thought he lived his life however he wanted, envying nothing. But the more she found out, the more she was surprised. She’d thought he only cared about appearances, but he’d led them sincerely and carefully as their boss, and he was unerringly polite in calling Mr. Hong manager, using respectful speech with him. The most surprising incident had been with Nak Gyun. And so, she changed her mind about him. He might be haughty, aloof, and somewhat cold, but he wasn’t a hypocrite. He was a fair, warm-hearted man who knew how to help people.

Eun Chan feels for him, and he continues explaining his reaction:

“I hated the world. It felt like everyone was a liar, that even if people smiled on the outside, inside they’d ridicule me for not knowing my own parents. If I hadn’t been adopted, I would’ve been in really awful circumstances. That’s why I don’t trust those girls who say they like me. It’s obvious what it is they like. They don’t know anything about me, they just see the shiny outer shell. If I took off the shell, they’d shun me and run away.”

“If they really liked you, they wouldn’t run away.”

“I don’t believe that.”

“Did someone run away from you before?”



“That’s because I don’t show my inner self.”

“So, does that mean you’ve never had a deep relationship with a woman before?”

“See, you’re clever.”

“But Han Yu Ju, what about her? Doesn’t she know?”

“I said you were the only one.”

Eun Chan’s face broke into a shy smile. Her blushing could be attributed to the wine, but it could also be because she was happy.


It occurs to Eun Chan that this might be the right time to tell the truth about her identity, and she asks, “Is this self-loathing hour? Do I have to say something about myself now?” She might not get a better opportunity, and it feels too wrong to keep up the lie when he’s being so honest. How-e-ver… Han Gyul asks:

“What could you possibly have to reveal? You’re so open, you’d be a corpse without your honesty. Your flaw is that you’re too frank, even if that’s what I like about you.”

Eun Chan tries to say no, she’s not like that, she lied to him about Ha Rim’s circumstances. But he understands that she was keeping a promise to Ha Rim. Eun Chan feels like shouting out that she’s not like that, she’s a person, she lies, and she’s told a truly huge one to him.

But then he says: “Let’s swear to be brothers.” Eun Chan doesn’t have a hyung, and he doesn’t have a younger brother, so it works out.

Han Gyul peers over to see if Eun Chan has pierced her ear, and she nervously asks why. He figures they need proof of their brotherhood status, and goes around looking for a needle. Eun Chan is, funnily enough, really afraid of the potential pain, and runs around trying to avoid Han Gyul. While he calls hotel services for a needle to be brought to the room, Eun Chan hides under the covers, and slowly is overcome with drowsiness.


At the sound of the alarm clock, Han Gyul stirred. Stretching out his hand, he groped around until he hit the alarm, intending to fall back into a deep sleep. Just then, he felt something warm and cozy, so he drew it toward himself. Whatever he was holding stirred, and snuggled into his arms. It was soft and gentle, and felt nice. Clasping it tightly, Han Gyul extended his lips, pulled it closer, and kissed it. Letting out a satisfied sigh, he retreated back to dreamland…… huh?

Han Gyul wasn’t the only one opening his eyes wide in sudden alarm. The moment their eyes met, they both sprang up out of bed instantly.

Eun Chan freaks out, jumping out of bed and shouting. How’d they end up in bed together? Thank god she’s clothed. She runs into the bathroom to wash her face, and sees something strange — an earring glittering on her earlobe.

She runs out and yells at Han Gyul for being completely inappropriate and piercing her ear while she was asleep. He doesn’t quite get what she’s yelling about until he looks in the mirror, then looks at her, and realizes she’s wearing his earring: “Wait, why do you have that?”

Among other reasons, she’s actually really squeamish about things like needles and sterilizing (and sounds vaguely hypochondriac about how she’ll have to cut off her ear like van Gogh if it gets infected). Han Gyul tells her she’s exaggerating, and goes to shower for work. Eun Chan, however, feels sorry for running late when they’re so busy in the mornings now, and leaves without waiting for Han Gyul.


Later that morning, Han Gyul strolls into work late, nursing a bit of a hangover, massaging his temples. Eun Chan doesn’t have a hangover, but is feeling hunger pangs from skipping breakfast. Their eyes meet:

Feeling low-energy, Eun Chan avoided his gaze, but his eyes kept following her. Eun Chan threw him a questioning look. At that, he turned around and spoke to her quickly, in a subdued voice.

“I bought some vegetable soup, you glutton. There’s antibacterial medicine there too, so use that, otherwise your ear’ll get infected.”

This jerk causes the pain, then gives the medicine, huh?

/end Chapter 16.

35 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Deedlith

    OH GOD! I’ve been refreshing your page the whole night! I was just about to go to sleep It’s 1:25pm where I am… But last chapter ended with such a cliffhanger it was death to wait. THANKS FOR THE UPLOAD. Now I’m off to read.. You said It’s great I bet it is! I’ve reread your review of Chapter 15… 15 times already. Now I’m gonna take my time enjoying this one… I’m already exciting without having read a single word ^^

  2. Deedlith

    That was soooooooo very very nice, exciting ^^ So this is how the hyung/dongsaeng relationship was actually introduced ? The both of them were drunk! This is completely different compared to the drama ^^ But As I said in one of my post on soompi, the way Han Kyul has been described in the book, I just can’t see him struggling about homosexuality. He doesn’t consider himself part of the family and doesn’t seem to care much about moral and customs. Now…gonna reread it ^^ Now the drama looks even more interesting because we’re almost at the end of the book whereas if I remember well they talked of being hyungand dongsaeng around ep8 or 9… I really wonder how the dramascriptwriters are going to deal with the rest of the story without dragging it too much making it boring…

  3. blueseeker

    boy this story is getting better and i like how some things are still different from the drama, makes me feel at ease to be able to do both at the same time. Thank you for the summaries.

  4. moe

    where can you buy this book? does it come in English? i love this story, its so good! thank you for the up loads, your great!

  5. Yopoyop

    THANKS !!

  6. Iranian Espresso

    Dear Javabeans
    Thank You. Amazing summary. (Sun 2:30 am (Iran time))

  7. centurionsunfire

    Insane! I love it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    Poor Eun Chan… such an emotional rollercoaster.

  8. its_trish

    I LOVE THIS CHAPTER! They need to translate that book!
    Thank you so much!!!
    *I also refreshed my page non-stop..

  9. Usachin

    hehehe cute ^^
    i like that, is really similar to the drama in this point.
    thank you for the summary ^^
    i hoped it had more… stuff XD

  10. 10 Anonymous

    oh woah. reading these entries increases my respect for the drama director and screen writer. how were they ever able to make their own version of this great book?

    the book also makes me unconciously add more character to the drama, i feel like all the events in the book have happened or could happen in the drama as well. thanks for all your hard work.

  11. 11 tooizzy

    I agree with “10 anonymous” Reading these books entries has helped me see the characters with more depth. It is 8:20 pm Saturday night. 🙂

  12. 12 asian-buzz.com

    I love reading your summaries. I like this episode version better than the drama…the drama version seemed more sad. and the morning after scene was cuter too in the book! Also, I wish the drama used the part in the book where they “french kissed” in HK’s welcoming party. I thought that was very exciting. Would have been great to see it on screen!


  13. 13 tatskie

    Thanks a lot for your effort in sharing to us this great novel and also your summaries and overviews of the many series currently shown. You’re such a blessed to us. The novel is getting more exciting every chapter as well as the drama. I’m looking forward to this everyday. More power & God bless.

  14. 14 apple

    [Quote] This jerk causes the pain, then gives the medicine, huh? [End Quote]

    Ahh ^^
    that’s just too cute.. it’s so true about the story and guys overall =]

    thank you, for the summary – I enjoyed it very much.

  15. 15 yakatoo

    ex-ci-ting!! but makes you wonder just when she’s really gonna tell him! ah, the torture!! just say it! but then again things are bound to get messy once she does. ah, sheer torture! must see next chap! thanks as always! 😀

  16. 16 Bamidele

    Man I don’t think I’ll ever hear the words “Your strange” the same way again, seriously awesome chapter, I bet it will keep getting better and better!!! Seriously even though the book Han Gyul is just a faceless character he is seriously hot, and then when I imagine Gong Yoo saying those lines, it sounds way BETTER!!!!!

  17. 17 Vickstar*

    *Kyaaaaa* What a chapter! >_

  18. 18 teokong

    I could picture the morning after scene. Ha…haa…exciting. Thanks for another juicy summary.

  19. 19 Bamidele

    Is this song off Roller Coaster’s 4th album??

  20. 20 Julie and A...

    Uhmm i never read this chapter yet but my sister did..i’m just wondering, is this the last episode? because in this site: http://wiki.d-addicts.com/The_1st_Shop_of_Coffee_Prince it said there’s only 16 episodes…uhmm is this right or wrong?? i’m wondering cuz i mean he never found out the truth, did he? well uhm i’m just asking…& curious…hehe.. 😛

  21. 21 Iranian Espresso

    Julie and A
    This is Coffee Prince book review, I mean this is a summary of chapter 16 that dear Javabeans summarized it for us, not episode 16 of the drama.
    Thank You Dear Javabeans.

  22. 22 henz

    OMG, this chapter make my heart feel so………!!! poor for my Chan, when she think that HG have a broken heart with Yu Ju, I read chapter 15 twice, thank U for translate this novel for us, i can’t wait the next chapter!! THANKS

  23. 23 javabeans

    Glad you all enjoyed this chapter. Bamidele, it’s from the 5th album. Julie and A, like Iranian Espresso said, this isn’t a summary of the drama, it’s a summary of the novel. Check out the tags located in “Categories” to sort out the drama posts from the book posts.

  24. 24 Tuesdhei

    CUTE! really cute! especially your words, “It’s nice and juicy” — which really was…

    and again… as much as i don’t want it to end yet coz both the novel and the drama’s about to end, hmmm… i still can’t wait for the next chapter c”,) thanks again javabeans!

  25. 25 Tuesdhei

    by the way…. one question javabeans — about the rating of coffee prince, they are running 2nd right — would you know or do you know who’s rated first? thanks!

  26. 26 Gramps

    Moe and its_trish
    As javabeans says up front, you can get the Korean original from http://www.hanbooks.com. Not exactly the fastest outfit on earth though (I think they order stuff on demand from Korea, then ship out again from the US) Outside the US their delivery charges often come to more than the cost of the items. But they list a lot more hard-to-get things than, say, YesAsia. Of course unless you have twelve generations of Korean blood, a real native Korean ID number (the ones issued to long-stay foreigners with residence permits won’t cut it) and a Korean bank account or credit card you can forget about ordering anything directly from Korea.
    And as for a translation, see http://www.xanga.com/CoffeePrince, another ongoing blog saga…

  27. 27 kisha

    this is getting exciting. the story is getting better nad better….
    thanks for taking the time in doing this, must have been a lot of work…
    really appreciate it!

  28. 28 Beng

    gosh this is cute. like the last line, …”causes the pain, then gives the medicine”. Could also mean about their relationship. they she got push and pulled and HK being hot and cold to her.
    Thanks for this Sarah. Just wish that the “bed scene” were included in the drama. Also this episode made want to check different hair textures of my male friends and officemates. Is there really a big difference? Are all the girls softer than the boys? hmmm…
    Enjoyed it so much, thanks =)

  29. 29 secret admirer

    Cute ! It sure is much more “tantalizing” in the novel. Wonder when (or if) they are going to turn up the heat in the drama? Well, one thing for sure, Han Gyul really can’t hold his liquor! Thanks, javabeans.

  30. 30 natasha

    hey!! thanks a lot for the summaries!!
    by the way have you by chance seen 9 end 2 outs!!
    its really good.. and i was wondering if you could maybe summarize those episodes.. thqat wouls be sweet!! anyways.. i love you!! and i love coffee prince!!1

  31. 31 hua

    I can’t believe there’s only 4 more chapters to the novel! They are so cute together!!!

  32. 32 Ariel

    I haven’t thank you for giving us the Xanga site, so thank you!! thank you!! and again thank you!! Both of you are so awesome translating the book it gives me goosebumps reading the relationship unfolding between these 2 people. Can’t wait to read the ending!!!

  33. 33 tooizzy

    I had to re-read this chapter before moving on. WOW is all i have to say

  34. 34 moe

    thanks for the information(xang), can’t wait to see what happens!

  35. 35 Stephanie

    Best quote about “the morning after” haha :))))

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