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: [about Wan Xi
] I had no idea you had so much affection for her. Waddington
: What makes you think I do? Kitty Fane
: I can see it in your eyes. I wonder what she sees in you. Waddington
: [In Chinese
] What do you see in me? Wan Xi
: [to Waddington
] You're a good man. Waddington
: She says I'm a good man. Kitty Fane
: As if a women has ever loved a man for his virtue.
: I was wondering if you could tell me when the post comes through. It's for Shanghai. Waddington
: Unfortunately, since the cholera the cowards won't venture past the river port. But leave it with me. A local trader I know is making the trip on Friday. Kitty Fane
: [hands Waddington the letter
: [reading the envelope
] Townsend. Charlie Townsend? Kitty Fane
: Yes. He's an acquaintance of my husband. Do you know him?
[Kitty takes the letter back and looks worried
: Years ago. We were both assigned to the consulate in Shanghai. Charming wife. Kitty Fane
: Yes. They're very popular, aren't they? Waddington
: He'd made a science of popularity. Kitty Fane
: So you know his family? Waddington
: Well, well enough. I like Dorothy. Kitty Fane
] Yes, I understand they're quite the devoted couple. Waddington
: Oh, he had his little flirtations. Kitty Fane
: Nothing serious. Waddington
: I once heard her say that she found it most unflattering that the women who fell for her husband were so consistently second-rate. Kitty Fane
: [looks mortified for a moment, then laughs
] Well, enjoy the record. Waddington
: Mrs. Fane? The letter. Kitty Fane
: Right. Yes, it suddenly occured to me that Friday's much too late. Thanks all the same.
[Waddington walks in to the Fanes' new house
: You must be the doctor's wife. I've just met your husband and invited myself to dinner. I've kept the Watsons' cook for you - she's not bad. She'll have to do for your amah as well. We're a little short-handed here.
[Remembering he hasn't introduced himself yet
: Sorry, my name is Waddington.
Deputy Commissioner Waddington
: [Offering scotch whiskey to Fane
] Stay full of this. Leaves no room for the cholera.