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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box8/Fold4/MMPr/AssortedCorres/FredPL/18
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date18 October 1910
Address FromDe Aar, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToFrederick ('Fred') Pethick-Lawrence
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. A typescript only of this letter is available. The transcription here follows this typescript and includes uncertain dates, ellipses, mistakes and so on.
1 de Aar
2 October 18th, 1910
4 Thank you for your interesting letter. The passage in "Rebel Women" I
5think so fine is that of the poor drudge who speaks of her sorrow at
6the thought of bringing another woman into the world. The "idea" is
7common enough. The genius-touch is in the cry breaking out in that
8seemingly soulless drudge. It is like when many years ago a Kaffir
9woman suddenly poured out to me all the sorrow and anguish of being a
10woman in the most unsurpassed language. It is something one never
11forgets. I send you a speech of my brother Will’s.
The book referred to is: Evelyn Sharp (1910) Rebel Women London: A.C. Fifield.