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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/370
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date After Start: 5 April 1907 ; Before End: 6 April 1907
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 265-6
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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 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 …Heavy rain. Goodbye, my young man, Ollie… It’s strange how that
2ideal of an absolute love & sympathy with your man companion haunts
3all ‘new women’. The old sort never care half so much, if their
4husband provides them with a comfortable home & is liberal in money
5matters. It is the most ignorant thing to say woman’s aspiration for
6freedom makes her indifferent to sex emotion. We only lay down our sex
7love & fellowship when death comes: just as we deserve to have child &
8mother it, more than the old woman, not less. The old woman cared
9mainly for having a baby; the new dreams of her grown up son or
10daughter.
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12 Goodbye, your pal, Olive.
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