The story of the bookmark “Two butterflies in flight” speaks of love and death.
It’s inspired by the ancient Chinese legend of Liang and Zhu, two unlucky lovers who will live their love only after death, turning into butterflies.
Zhu Yingtai is the ninth child and only daughter of the wealthy Zhu family of Shangyu. Zhu manages to convince her father to allow her to attend classes in disguise as a man. During her journey to Hangzhou, she meets Liang Shanbo, they talk and feel a strong affinity for each other.
One day Zhu receives a letter from her father, asking her to return home. She has no choice to pack her belongings immediately and bid Liang farewell. However, in her heart, she has already confessed her love for Liang and is determined to be with him for all eternity.
Months later, when Liang visits Zhu, he discovers that she is actually a woman and they make a vow to the effect of “till death do us part”. The joy of their reunion is short-lived as Zhu’s parents have already arranged for her to marry a wealthy merchant. Liang is heartbroken when he hears the news and his health gradually deteriorates until he becomes critically ill and dies.
On the day of Ma and Zhu’s marriag, she leaves the procession to pay her respects at Liang’s grave. Suddenly, the grave opens with a clap of thunder. Without further hesitation, Zhu throws herself into the grave to join Liang. Their spirits emerge in the form of a pair of butterflies and fly away together, never to be separated again.
The man in love who asked us this bookmark wanted to add a dedication in Latin to his beloved: “omnia vincit amor”, love wins over everything.
East and West to celebrate a great love.