which according to Leila could easily be, “swapped at or yanked away…(42)” Her fear was greatly intensified when he saw the man moving towards them and appeared to be reaching out for something. At that moment, she knew that her life and that of the baby were soon coming to an end as the man was likely to pull out a gun or anything dangerous to harm them. “Would he hit me, shout something terrible, vomit on the baby? (42)” She thought the man had come to carry put revenge on Lockerbie through them. At that moment, she ready for anything but above all protect her baby when something she least expected took place.
The man pulled a coin from his pocket and handed it over to the baby. Leila tried to resist the offer by telling the man not to do so but to no avail. She was deeply hurt by the fact that the man thought they were for charity. This resulted into a big blow to her ego and pride which made her cry. This is a clear demonstration of racial biasness as the man believed that people from the race where Leila came from, were poor and needed assistance. Ones race in this case determines their financial state and level of education as evident in the case of Leila’s encounter.
Nadine Gordimer in Is There Nowhere Else Where We Can Meet brings the opposite of the kind of weather that Leila is talking about. After a long lonely walk, the white lady meets a stranger unexpectedly. From the description of the person she meets, shows an environment where poverty is the order of the day. The person looks frail with red eyes and sweat all over the face. Their meeting sparks a lot of fear in the narrator. She paradoxically explains how shivers of fear rushed down her spine.
Gordimer’s narrator portrays the person as one who is living in abject poverty. His physique is not pleasing at all. Deep in his eyes is an array of pain as seen from his tears. After the narrator has passed by, comes life-threatening encounter. The man follows her and a battle ensues.