Walter and Kitty were married soon after they met, in any respect can not be considered equal pair. He was a doctor and she came from a family of aristocrats, he was an educated man and I think, as the main way for her to spend time in the evening were secular and empty talk. Walter at first sight in love with Kitty, did not even realize who she is and she married him for the simple reason that becoming an old maid in charge of the disgruntled family she did not want much stronger. Shortly after their marriage the couple moved to Shanghai, where Kitty immediately fell in love with Charlie Townsend - Assistant governor and a married man, who, being a man of the world and not knowing deep feelings in many ways much better suited than her husband. Having learned about the change, Walter took a fateful decision: went to work as a doctor in a small Chinese settlement, whose residents have suffered from the outbreak of the deadly disease, Kitty offering two choices: force Townsend marry her or go with her husband risking their lives.