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Jariya Phongsai
ENG.101.0786
Prof. Spatafora
Paper No.5
04/30/08

Analysis of “City Lovers” and “Country Lovers” by Nadine Gordimer

“Town and Country lovers” by Nadine Gordimer is a two part story about interracial lovers who suffer the consequences of breaking the rules forbidding such relationships in South Africa. “Town and Country Lovers ” is set in South Africa in 1980’s where there are black and white people living largely separate lives under apartheid. The first part of the story is set in town and the second part is set in the country, both present interracial love affairs and demonstrate that the consequences of breaking these rules cannot be avoided, regardless of where the characters live.

In the first story, solitary geologist Dr. von Leinsdorf meets a young, colored (mixed-race) African girl who is a cashier at the grocery store across the street from his apartment. She begins to deliver his groceries for him a few times a week. Before long, the two become sexually involved. He enjoys her company and her sexual availability to him, and he tries to help her by teaching her to swim, type, and improve her grammar. During her affair with Dr. von Leinsdorf, the cashier is very watchful. Laws forbid such relationships, and she fears embarrassing her mother, who believes the cashier is working for Dr. von Leinsdorf. She enjoys being with him, but she is realistic and knows that their relationship cannot last because there is a law which is the Immorality Act of 1927 that forbids interracial sexual relationships.

The second part of the story introduces Paulus Eysendyck, a white farmer’s son, and Thebedi, the black daughter of one of the farm workers. Paulus and Thebedi live in the country where there is a system of government which involved a segregation act between whites and blacks, so Thebedi hasn't as much rights as whites do, because of this she is restricted and hampered by her culture. As children, Paulus and Thebedi played together,...
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