looks as if he's checking her pulse, or checking if she even has a pulse; there could be countless reasons as to how come, based on their expressions / bodily positions / anything.. the woman in the background completely focused on what she's reading (or whatever) adds even more mystery / contrast. all very evocative. thanks!
also, this would make an incredible Thematic Apperception Test card.
I don't know why, but I did get the opposite impression of the picture before I saw the name or the recommendation. To me it looks like he's harassing her - he's placed in a dominant posture, with her arm around her, she's facing away with a somber expression... It might just be me but it makes me feel uneasy... Great work nontheless!