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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/345
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date21 February 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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The Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner were produced by Cronwright-Schreiner in preparing The Life and The Letters of Olive Schreiner. They appear on slips of paper in his writing, taken from letters that were then destroyed; many of these extracts have also been edited by him. They are artefacts of his editorial practices and their relationship to original Schreiner letters cannot now be gauged. They should be read with considerable caution for the reasons given. Cronwright-Schreiner has written the date and where it was sent from onto this extract.
1 …Ollie has fallen passionately in love with my rug you sent ^gave^ me.
2Yesterday evening I wrapped it round my legs when I sat writing & she
3promptly came & sat on it. When I put it down on a chair she
4immediately sat down on it: not wishing her to sit on it I put it on
5the study table. When I came back from the kitchen I found I found she
6had climbed on to the study table & was lying curled in the middle of
7it!! She’s getting so clever, just like Neta. She sits on her hind
8legs to beg when she wants me to open the gate, or go to the pantry to
9get her food…