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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/512
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date13 March 1913
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 321
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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 onto this extract. There are some differences between this transcription and the version that appears in The Letters….
1 …I had a long argument with Dot yesterday about marriage. She seems
2to think it ought to be a wild inebriation & excitement. What it is at
3its best is a great peaceful calm and strength; in a world of
4continual change & rupture, the one abiding fellowship & love: it’s
5that or nothing. To expect continual excitement from it would be like
6building & furnishing a house for yourself with the idea it would
7yield you not a place where you could always be safe from the world &
8at rest but a continual ^variety^...
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