Out of Africa is based on the memoirs of Karen Von Blixen, who moved to Kenya from her native Denmark and eventually ran a farm in Africa on her own. Her husband mostly absent, eventually gone altogether, Karen has an affair with Denys, an adventurer who can’t be tied down. He “lives with” her – when he’s not on a trip. He is at the farm for a few days when this scene occurs. She loves him and wants him to prove his love for her.