Sword of the Yue Maiden
|"Sword of the Yue Maiden"|
|Sword of the Yue Maiden|
"Sword of the Yue Maiden", alternatively translated as "Yue Maiden's Sword", is a wuxia short story by Jin Yong (Louis Cha). It was first serialised in 1970 in the Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao Evening Supplement. This short story is the last of Jin Yong's works. However, its historical setting, in the Spring and Autumn period, is the earliest among Jin Yong's works.
The story is set in the Spring and Autumn period against the backdrop of the conflict between the states of Wu and Yue in southern China. A team of swordsmen from Wu defeats the best swordsmen of Yue. Fan Li, a Yue royal adviser, discovers Aqing, a young shepherdess, who defeats the Wu swordsmen with ease.
It is revealed that Aqing learnt her skills while playing mock sword duels with a white gibbon. Fan Li allows Aqing to train the soldiers of Yue in swordsmanship. Aqing gradually falls in love with Fan Li. Goujian of Yue finally defeats his rival, Fuchai of Wu, after enduring hardship and humiliation. Fan Li is reunited with his lover Xi Shi, who was sent as a concubine to Fuchai. Aqing intends to kill Xi Shi but is taken aback by Xishi's beauty. Aqing accidentally hurts Xi Shi with her inner energy while thrusting her sword towards Xishi, even though the blade did not touch Xi Shi at all. She clutches her bosom in pain and the expression on her face is described as "so beautiful that it will take away the soul of any man who looks upon her". This incident gave rise to the Chinese phrase "Xizi clutching her bosom" (Chinese: 西子捧心), which refers to a woman's beauty being enhanced when she is in a state of distress or agony.
- Aqing (Chinese: 阿青; pinyin: Āqīng; Jyutping: Aa3-cing1)
- Fan Li (Chinese: 范蠡; pinyin: Fàn Lǐ; Jyutping: Faan6 Lai5)
- Xi Shi (Chinese: 西施; pinyin: Xī Shī; Jyutping: Sai1 Si1)
- Li, Yijian (2007). "'Rewriting' Jin Yong's Novels into the Canon: A Consideration of Jin Yong Novels as Serialized Fiction". In Huss, Ann; Liu, Jianmei. The Jin Yong Phenomenon: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History. Youngstown, New York: Cambria Press. p. 78. ISBN 1624990207.
- Wu, Dingbo; Murphy, Patrick D., eds. (1994). "Gallant Fiction". Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture. Greenwood Press. p. 248. ISBN 0313278083.
- The date conforms to the data published in Chen Zhenhui (陳鎮輝), Wuxia Xiaoshuo Xiaoyao Tan (武俠小說逍遙談), 2000, Huizhi Publishing Company (匯智出版有限公司), p. 58.
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