In Nadine Gordimer's short story "Six Feet of the Country," an unnamed first person narrator and his wife, Lerice, move out of Johannesburg, South Africa to their newly acquired farm. They hope the country lifestyle will change their marriage. However, rural life only presents new problems. When one of their farm boy's brothers dies, the narrator must get involved against his will. His resentment and bitterness gradually exposes his true nature. The short story explores themes including hypocrisy and empathy.