In Nadine Gordimer's short story, "City Lovers," Austrian geologist, Dr. Franz-Josef von Leinsdorf, lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa during the time of apartheid. One night he meets an attractive and accommodating cashier from the supermarket on the street near his apartment, and asks her to run an errand for him. This initial favor rapidly evolves into a complex relationship between the two characters. Because he is white and she is black, they must keep the exact nature of their dynamic secret. The short story explores themes including power and morality.