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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/466
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date18 May 1908
Address FromMatjesfontein, Western Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 279
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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. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …I fancy I see you walking about in the old little house I have
2loved so. Oh, if only we could trans transport that little house
3bodily to De Aar with its thick cool roof…
5 I wonder if you would some day perhaps have time on a Sunday afternoon
6or morning, say, to do something for me: To read over my little
7chapter “Fireflies in the Dark’, & tell me quite truthfully,
8without fear of hurting me, if you find it interesting. I am so afraid
9I have become so subtle in my modes of thought, I have thought so much
10about some impersonal things & care so much for them, that others may
11find them very uninteresting… I live so much alone & think so much
12that I am afraid sometimes I have lost touch with the intellectual
13artistic reader…
'Fireflies in the Dark' is the title of a chapter in From Man to Man.