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* AdaptationExpansion: The movie adds a subplot where Kitty begins fall in love with Walter for real, with Walter gradually reciprocating. This doesn't happen in the novel, which is generally more about Kitty's internal CharacterDevelopment; while she does come to see Walter's worth and regret her actions, she cannot bring herself to love him as a man. Walter, meanwhile, remains consumed by bitterness throughout the novel [[spoiler: though it is ambiguous whether he manages to finally forgive her on his deathbed.]]

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* AdaptationExpansion: The movie adds a subplot where Kitty begins fall falling in love with Walter for real, with Walter gradually reciprocating. This doesn't happen in the novel, which is generally more about Kitty's internal CharacterDevelopment; while she does come to see Walter's worth and regret her actions, she cannot bring herself to love him as a man. Walter, meanwhile, remains consumed by bitterness throughout the novel [[spoiler: though it is ambiguous whether he manages to finally forgive her on his deathbed.]]


* AdaptationalRelationshipOverhaul: The main couple, unexpectedly so. In the original novel Kitty does regret her previous shallowness but never comes to love Walter romantically. Also Walter in the novel is definitely less likable.

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* AdaptationalRelationshipOverhaul: AdaptationRelationshipOverhaul: The main couple, unexpectedly so. In the original novel Kitty does regret her previous shallowness but never comes to love Walter romantically. Also Walter in the novel is definitely less likable.


* AdaptationalRomance: The main couple, unexpectedly so. In the original novel Kitty does regret her previous shallowness but never comes to love Walter romantically. Also Walter in the novel is definitely less likable.

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* AdaptationalRomance: AdaptationalRelationshipOverhaul: The main couple, unexpectedly so. In the original novel Kitty does regret her previous shallowness but never comes to love Walter romantically. Also Walter in the novel is definitely less likable.


* AdaptationalRomance: The main couple, unexpectedly so. In the original novel Kitty does regret her previous shallowness but never comes to love Walter romantically. Also Walter in the novel is definitely less likable.



* BeautifulDreamer: Kitty stumbles upon Walter who has fallen asleep at his desk. This marks the point in the movie where she does start to feel affection towards him. The scene isn't in the original novel, however, and there's generally less of an indication that she has any feelings for him in the novel.

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* BeautifulDreamer: Kitty stumbles upon Walter who has fallen asleep at his desk. This marks the point in the movie where she does start to feel affection towards him. The scene isn't in the original novel, however, and there's generally less of an indication that she has any feelings for him in the novel.



* DaddysGirl: Kitty is implied to be closer to her father rather than to her mum. Her father introduces her to Walter, sends her memorabilia while she's in China and is implied to look after [[spoiler: his grandson once Kitty is widowed.]]



* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Kitty, after Walter's death.]]

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* HerHeartWillGoOn: [[spoiler: Kitty, after Kitty mourns deeply Walter's death.death but give years later she looks a happy and fulfilled mother.]]



* SceneryPorn: The scenes in rural China

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* SceneryPorn: The scenes beautifully shot in rural ChinaChina.



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: Kitty regards her son as Walter's child and tells him about his father.]]

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: [[spoiler: Kitty regards her son as Walter's child and tells names him about his father.Walter Fane Jr.]]


Kitty Garstin is a shallow {{socialite}} who decides to marry boring bacteriologist Walter Fane when she finds that she's out of suitors and her [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] pushes her to make the match. Walter's work takes him to UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}}, and there Kitty settles into married life and [[YourCheatingHeart embarks on an affair]] with Charles Townsend, the married British vice consul. Walter discovers the affair and offers Kitty two options: divorce on the grounds of adultery, or she can go with him to a small village out in the country where a cholera epidemic is in full swing. Realising [[{{Jerkass}} Charlie won't leave his wife for her]], Kitty accompanies Walter to the village.

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Kitty Garstin is a shallow {{socialite}} who decides to marry boring bacteriologist Walter Fane when she finds that she's out of suitors and her [[MyBelovedSmother mother]] pushes her to make the match. Walter's work takes him to UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}}, and there Kitty settles into married life and [[YourCheatingHeart embarks on an affair]] affair with Charles Townsend, the married British vice consul. Walter discovers the affair and offers Kitty two options: divorce on the grounds of adultery, or she can go with him to a small village out in the country where a cholera epidemic is in full swing. Realising [[{{Jerkass}} Charlie won't leave his wife for her]], Kitty accompanies Walter to the village.



** In the book [[spoiler: the baby was definitely Charlie's]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Kitty chests on her husbands and part of the plot is him punishing her for it.
** Charlie Townsend often chests on his wife with meaningless affairs.

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** In the book [[spoiler: the baby was definitely Charlie's]].
* YourCheatingHeart: Kitty chests on her husbands and part of the plot is him punishing her for it.
** Charlie Townsend often chests on his wife with meaningless affairs.
Charlie's]].


* AdaptationalHeroism: Walter Fine is more of a jerk in the original novel; while he is rightly upset and betrayed by his wife's infidelity, he is depicted as utterly consumed by bitterness and unable to forgive her despite her CharacterDevelopment and clear efforts to atone, and while Kitty gradually comes to respect his better qualities she never really likes him, much less loves him. In the film, he gradually softens up as Kitty engages in CharacterDevelopment and comes to forgive her, and they fall in love for real. He's also generally depicted as a lot more humane and caring, whereas in the book his approach to the cholera epidemic is more cold and analytical.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Walter Fine is more of a jerk in the original novel; while he is rightly upset and betrayed by his wife's infidelity, he is depicted as utterly consumed by bitterness and unable to forgive her despite her CharacterDevelopment and clear efforts to atone, and while Kitty gradually comes to respect his better qualities she never really likes him, much less loves him. Furthermore, the novel suggests that Walter, in marrying someone he clearly didn't really know or understand, have some responsibility for the collapse of the marriage even if he was otherwise the wronged party. In the film, he gradually softens up as Kitty engages in CharacterDevelopment and comes to forgive her, and they fall in love for real. He's also generally depicted as a lot more humane and caring, whereas in the book his approach to the cholera epidemic is more cold and analytical.


** In the book [[spoiler:It was definitely Charlie's]].
* YourCheatingHeart

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** In the book [[spoiler:It [[spoiler: the baby was definitely Charlie's]].
* YourCheatingHeartYourCheatingHeart: Kitty chests on her husbands and part of the plot is him punishing her for it.
** Charlie Townsend often chests on his wife with meaningless affairs.


* Bait and switch: During the Chinese play, Charlie flirts with Kitty translating what the main actor is singing, which should be a sad story about slavery and a loveless future that obviously parallels Kitty's unhappy marriage. Kitty is moved by these words and asks if that's really what the song is about. He then confesses that he actually has no idea of [[FauxFluency what the actor is singing at all]].

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* Bait and switch: BaitAndSwitch: During the Chinese play, Charlie flirts with Kitty translating what the main actor is singing, which should be a sad story about slavery and a loveless future that obviously parallels Kitty's unhappy marriage. Kitty is moved by these words and asks if that's really what the song is about. He then confesses that he actually has no idea of [[FauxFluency what the actor is singing at all]].


* Bait and switch: During the Chinese play, Charlie flirts with Kitty translating what the main actor is singing, which should be a sad story about slavery and a loveless future that obviously parallels Kitty's unhappy marriage. Kitty is moved by these words and asks if that's really what the song is about. He then confesses that he actually has no idea of [[FauxFluency what the actor is singing at all]].



* GoingNative: Waddington can speak Chinese and has a better understanding of their culture and lifestyle than the Fanes, and lives with a native woman.



* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Seen with the Fanes' neighbour Waddington and his Manchurian lover Wan Xi.

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* MightyWhiteyAndMellowYellow: Seen with the Fanes' neighbour Waddington and his Manchurian lover Wan Xi. Xi, whose family he has saved during the 1911 Revolution.


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* StealthInsult: Waddington chats with Kitty about the Charlie Townsend, and nicest thing he can say about him is that he like his wife.


* AdaptationalHeroism: Walter Fine is more of a jerk in the original novel; while he is rightly upset and betrayed by his wife's infidelity, he is depicted as utterly consumed by bitterness and unable to forgive her despite her CharacterDevelopment and clear efforts to atone, and while Kitty gradually comes to respect his better qualities she never really likes him, much less loves him. In the film, he gradually softens up as Kitty engages in CharacterDevelopment and comes to forgive her, and they fall in love for real.
* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.

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* AdaptationExpansion: The movie adds a subplot where Kitty begins fall in love with Walter for real, with Walter gradually reciprocating. This doesn't happen in the novel, which is generally more about Kitty's internal CharacterDevelopment; while she does come to see Walter's worth and regret her actions, she cannot bring herself to love him as a man. Walter, meanwhile, remains consumed by bitterness throughout the novel [[spoiler: though it is ambiguous whether he manages to finally forgive her on his deathbed.]]
* AdaptationalHeroism: Walter Fine is more of a jerk in the original novel; while he is rightly upset and betrayed by his wife's infidelity, he is depicted as utterly consumed by bitterness and unable to forgive her despite her CharacterDevelopment and clear efforts to atone, and while Kitty gradually comes to respect his better qualities she never really likes him, much less loves him. In the film, he gradually softens up as Kitty engages in CharacterDevelopment and comes to forgive her, and they fall in love for real.
* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter
real. He's also generally depicted as a lot more humane and caring, whereas in the novel. She comes to see book his worth approach to the cholera epidemic is more cold and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.analytical.


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kitty is much more attracted to shameless flirt and womanizer Charlie than her devoted husband. Gradually subverted in the film, where she gradually falls in love with Walter the more she learns her true character, and comes to regard Charlie as contempt. Played with in the original novel; there, she comes to respect and admire her husband but cannot love him, and though she later succumbs to Charlie's advances again towards the end she is thoroughly disgusted with both herself and him for their shared superficiality.

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* AdaptationalHeroism: Walter Fine is more of a jerk in the original novel; while he is rightly upset and betrayed by his wife's infidelity, he is depicted as utterly consumed by bitterness and unable to forgive her despite her CharacterDevelopment and clear efforts to atone, and while Kitty gradually comes to respect his better qualities she never really likes him, much less loves him. In the film, he gradually softens up as Kitty engages in CharacterDevelopment and comes to forgive her, and they fall in love for real.
* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kitty is much more attracted to shameless flirt and womanizer Charlie than her devoted husband. Gradually subverted in the film, where she gradually falls in love with Walter the more she learns her true character, and comes to regard Charlie as contempt. Played with in the original novel; there, she comes to respect and admire her husband but cannot love him, and though she later succumbs to Charlie's advances again towards the end she is thoroughly disgusted with both herself for doing so and him for their shared superficiality.



* TheAtoner: Kitty gradually becomes motivated to make amends for her betrayal of Walter on realising both her own superficiality and his better qualities that she had been blind to. The novel plays this with as bit more complexity, as Kitty nevertheless continues to improve herself even after realising that Walter will never forgive her, but more for the satisfaction of her own self-improvement and discovering meaning in her own life than for his sake.



* JerkassRealization: Kitty gradually comes to disdain her earlier superficiality and frivolity and becomes a more compassionate, centred person.
** A key moment is a conversation with Waddington about Charles, Kitty's former lover, and his wife. Waddington, not realising that Kitty had an affair with Charles, off-handedly comments that Charles's wife knows about his frequent infidelity and looks down on the other women as "second-rate". Kitty, who had always disdained Charles's wife and viewed her as a boring, dull-witted frump when compared to her, is clearly rather jolted by the realisation that ''she'' was actually considered the "second-rate" one in the whole dynamic.



* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.



* TheUnfairSex: Averted. The film is pretty much on Walter's side and makes Kitty earn her forgiveness. Granted, he is depicted as a bit overboard with his punishment.

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* TheUnfairSex: Averted. The film is pretty much on Walter's side and makes Kitty earn her forgiveness. Granted, he is depicted as a bit overboard with his punishment. The novel is a bit more ambiguous; while treating Kitty unsympathetically for her betrayal and the selfishness and superficiality it's based on, Walter ends up consumed by bitterness and contempt for her, and the point is made that he shares some responsibility for willingly entering into a marriage with someone who he clearly didn't understand and who was so utterly incompatible with himself.


* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kitty is much more attracted to shameless flirt and womanizer Charlie than her devoted husband.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Kitty is much more attracted to shameless flirt and womanizer Charlie than her devoted husband. Gradually subverted in the film, where she gradually falls in love with Walter the more she learns her true character, and comes to regard Charlie as contempt. Played with in the original novel; there, she comes to respect and admire her husband but cannot love him, and though she later succumbs to Charlie's advances again towards the end she is thoroughly disgusted with both herself and him for their shared superficiality.


* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.

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* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.



* CoolOldLady: The Mother Superior, along with being extremely snarky and helpful with advice to Kitty. Being played by Creator/DianaRigg does this to you.



* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.




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* AdaptationalRomance: Kitty never falls for Walter in the novel. She comes to see his worth and regrets her actions but cannot bring herself to love him as a man.


* TactfulTranslation: The CrowningMomentOfFunny in an otherwise mostly serious movie comes when Walter, with his government-assigned translator Col. Yu, goes to a local warlord to request his cooperation in fighting the epidemic. When the warlord responds with an angry tirade, Walter tacitly invokes this trope to let Col. Yu take over negotiations. The Colonel proceeds to "translate" an insult into a tactfully-worded ''threat'' that gets the result they need:

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* TactfulTranslation: The CrowningMomentOfFunny SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment|s}} in an otherwise mostly serious movie comes when Walter, with his government-assigned translator Col. Yu, goes to a local warlord to request his cooperation in fighting the epidemic. When the warlord responds with an angry tirade, Walter tacitly invokes this trope to let Col. Yu take over negotiations. The Colonel proceeds to "translate" an insult into a tactfully-worded ''threat'' that gets the result they need:

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