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Letter ReferenceHRC/CAT/OS/4a-x
ArchiveHarry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateMonday 12 April 1886
Address FromSt Dominic?s Convent, Mutrix Road, Kilburn, London
Address To3 Norwood Villas, Earlswood, Surrey
Who ToHavelock Ellis
Other VersionsCronwright-Schreiner 1924: 97-8; Draznin 1992: 412
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Legend
The Project is grateful to the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This letter has been dated by reference to an associated envelope and its postmark, which also provides the address it was sent to. Schreiner lived at St Dominic?s Convent in Kilburn from early April to mid May 1886.
1Monday
2
3I so sorry you have to go to Foulgers. Wanted to meet you at National
4at four, because if I go out early my whole days gone. ^& I want to see
5you a long time^ Will try to come at three. to National but we’ll
6only have two hours & I’ve so much to say. & I want to look at you
7Its was an old appointment with Mrs. Clifford which I had forgotten.
8
9Maggy Harkness is coming to town.
10
11I told you we were not to say anything about M.S. What you say is
12quite true I put that in the last day I was at Southbourne. I was
13thinking of my sister Ettie, & I knew it wasn’t art. that I’d have
14to take it out. What I think you don’t see is that just at that
15point a “buffer” is necessary. (if you know what a “buffer”
16is) it’s something that you put in to raise (or to lower) the tone
17to a certain level, or to break a monotony of feeling. All through the
18book I have buffers that are only just in provision I am taking ^out^
19one of three sheets because by raising the tone of the dialogue I can
20do without it. Sometimes a “buffer” comes in with grand effect.
21(like the knocking scene in Mackbeth) That buffer doesn’t answer
22because it isn’t related to the story its related to my sister Ettie.
23 That I sent is full of heaps of verbal errors I never read it over
24when I wrote it out at Southbourne
25
26I’ll be at National at 3. Leave this at two. It takes just an hour.
27I wish Fulger & Chubb were at the bottom of the sea. I feel such a
28longing to see Mrs. Hinton & Daisy I’m going soon.
29
30Your comrade
31Olive
32
33^Will get book from Grosvenor Is there anything else you would like?^
34
Notation
The manuscript referred to cannot be established but could have been 'New Rush' or a part of From Man to Man. Draznin's (1992) version of this letter is in some respects different from our transcription. Cronwright-Schreiner's (1924) extract is incorrect in various ways.