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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Extracts of Letters to Cronwright-Schreiner MSC 26/2.16/102
ArchiveNational Library of South Africa, Special Collections, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeExtract
Letter Date6 August 1903
Address FromUitkyk, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToS.C. (‘Cron’) Cronwright-Schreiner
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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.
1 …I had a terrible fright this morning. The black girl suddenly
2called out the mierkats were being attacked by a strange dog; far away
3on the Railway line I saw three strangers & a white dog & the mierkats
4all mixed up together. I rushed off wildly shrieking, ran like the
5wind. When I got there I found it was the mierkats chasing the dog!…
6I brought them back to the house, but have that feeling of a great
7throbbing cricket ball under my left shoulder which I always have when
8I run too fast or lift things... I wish you could have gone with me to
9Camps Bay it twice I went. I was so delightful there sitting on the
10rocks & watching the sea & the beautiful sand. I always long for you
11when I am by the sea. I suppose it’s because we’ve been so happy
12at the Kowie together. I wonder if we shall ever go there again…