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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/526
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date11 January 1920
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 367
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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 …Yes, Janni has the most extraordinary faith in words I wonder if he
2thinks they must represent things. He ought to have been a great
3lawyer and nothing else. He has not even Botha’s sagacity
4unreadable and knowledge of human nature. But there’s
5something about him that draws me intensely. It’s his vitality and
6energy. I am sure I should lov love the devil if I knew him, because
7he’d be so absolutely alive…
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