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Letter ReferenceLetters/43
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Epistolary Type
Letter Date29 January 1885
Address From4 Robertson Terrace, Hastings, East Sussex
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 57
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Legend
When Cronwright-Schreiner prepared The Letters of Olive Schreiner, with few exceptions he then destroyed her originals. However, some people gave him copies and kept the originals or demanded the return of these; and when actual Schreiner letters can be compared with his versions, his have omissions, distortions and bowdlerisations. Where Schreiner originals have survived, these will be found in the relevant collections across the OSLO website. There is however a residue of some 587 items in The Letters for which no originals are extant. They are included here for sake of completeness. However, their relationship to Schreiners actual letters cannot now be gauged, and so they should be read with caution for the reasons given.
1To Havelock Ellis.
24, Robertson Terrace, 29th Jan.
3
4I can't tell why it is that when it begins to get dark in the evening
5till about 9 o'clock it is so terrible. After that, I get exhausted,
6but sometimes it goes on till ten or eleven. Oh, such hopelessness,
7such despair. If I had only a human being to speak to me! ... Oh,
8Harry, think, there are hundreds of human beings in London, and
9everywhere, lying alone with their physical suffering, and not anyone
10even to love them like I have.
11