Eliza utilizes language and the way a person is dressed as a tool to enable her to escape her reality, which is her being a low class woman. She doesn’t want to be associated with Xuma because he represents everything she is trying to escape from. Xuma is very much so attracted to Eliza but she rather be with a white man because she wants to feel like a human rather than inhuman. She wants the things of a white man, and thats why her and Xuma could never be. Whitness was considered to be privilege whereas blackness was deemed as shameful.