The Lovers' Sabres
Last update: Saturday 17 June 2006
aka: Yuan Yang Dao [鸳鸯刀], Yun Yeung Dou [鴛鴦刀], Uyên Ương Ðao, Uyen Uong Dao, Sepasang Golok Mustika, Blade-Dance of the Lovers.
Translated by Huang Yushi.
The Lovers' Sabres, which is also known as The Twin Sabres and The Blade-Dance of Two Lovers, is one of the three short wuxia stories in the Jin Yong canon (the other two being White Horse Neighing in the West Wind and The Sword of the Yueh Maiden). It was written in 1961.
What do a overly-cautious chief escort, four strange brothers, a feuding couple, a pathetic scholar and a proud teenager have in common? Why, their quest for the Twin Sabres, of course! Famed for their ability to turn the person who wields them into an unparalleled pugilist, this pair of blades eventually turns out to be more than anyone has ever bargained for.
At this juncture, Zhou Weixin knew that the matter could no longer be concluded in a friendly manner. The Four Heroes of the Grand Mountain had come because of the pair of Twin Sabres on his back, causing a thought to pop into his mind: A saying in the wanderers' world went: "Merciful people do not fight, but when they do, there will be no mercy."