She sent the trusted housemaid out with bread and tea, but the trusted housemaid said these were loafers and tsotsis
who would come and tie her up and shut her in a cupboard. This unmistakably shows the main theme in the short story Once Upon A Time written by Nadine Gordimer in 1989.
The main character in the outer story is the narrator. In the inner story, the main characters are the husband and wife who are unnamed.
We know from the story that both the husband and wife fear the riots and define typical racial injustice and prejudice.
The story takes place in South Africa, in a suburban family’s home. The story occurs during the discriminating apartheid system, which is around the time of 1948-1993.