Dr Sadao was compelled by his duty as a doctor to help the enemy soldier. Whatmade Hana, his wife, sympathetic to him in the face of open defiance from the domestic staff?
As a doctor, it was Dr Sadao’s moral responsibility to save Tom, the American prisoner of war, but Hana was under no such compulsion. In spite of this, she abided by her husband’s decisions because Hana, being a kind hearted and compassionate human being could not see a wounded person being left in the lurch. She adorned the role of a life-giver and a preserver. That is why she cleaned the prisoner when her maid was unwilling to do so. Secondly, she was a dutiful wife who pledged to support her husband even through the most difficult times. She also assisted her husband in the operation on the American, despite the fact that she could not stand the blood, and started vomiting when she saw it. She was thus a dutiful and supportive wife, and a compassionate human being.