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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/383
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date4 May 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address ToDe Aar, Northern Cape
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, where it was sent from and the place it was sent to onto this extract.
1 …I hope your meeting did turn out a great success. The weather here
2remains very terrible, but a few pale streaks of sunshine are coming
3in at the window. Edward Carpenter has sent me a book of his in German.
4 I’ve not opened a German book for sixteen years & find it rather
5difficult. It’s curious how much one forgets; it’s almost as
6wearying to me now as reading Dutch. I know all the words; but I
7can’t just take a sentence, I have to read it carefully word for
8word & piece it together...
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