Chinese myths, legends, and tales: Butterfly Lovers
Zhu Yingtai, a girl, disguised as a boy to go to school. During her time at the school, she fell in love with Liang Shanbo. As the school years pass, she fell deeper and deeper for him, but he was made to believe that she was a boy. One night, she left a note for him telling him that she will meet him at the riverbank at night. She planned to tell him that she is actually a girl, because her parents asked her to go home through a letter. Instead, the note was found by Ma Wencai, who later showed up at the riverbank. Zhu accidentally shows her true identity to Ma, and he was determined to marry her for her beauty. Later that same night, Zhu told Liang that she was actually a girl.
The next day, Zhu ran back home with her servant only to find that Ma has already delivered marriage gifts to her parents, and had threatened them to let their daughter marry him. Zhu has no choice but to marry Ma. After hearing that the woman he loves most will be marrying another man, Liang shows up at Zhu’s doorsteps and drinks himself to death the day before Zhu and Ma’s wedding.
On the carriage ride to the wedding, Zhu asked to stop at Liang’s grave to pay her respects. Zhu breaks into sobs and begs for the grave to open. Suddenly, the grave opened up, and Zhu jumped into the grave without hesitation. After the grave closed back up, flowers sprang to life around the grave and the pair of spirits emerged as butterflies from the grave. They flew away and were never separated again.