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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/425
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date17 March 1908
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address ToPrince Albert Road, Western Cape
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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Legend
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 …Ollie & ‘Arriet have struck up the most wonderful friendship
2friendliness: they lick & caress each other all day. I have been lying
3on the bed all day; they two have been lying beside me licking each
4other, ‘Arriet embraced in Ollie’s arms… It’s this new strange
5pain under my shoulder & up the neck vein that keeps me from walking.
6If only I can work, nothing matters…
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