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Andre Murray

Andre Murray was a daughter of Schreiner’s friends A. Haldane and Mimmie or Minnie Murray who lived on the farm Portlock near Graaff-Reinet. The letters and cards to Andre Murray are part of a wider pattern of Schreiner befriending younger women, especially the daughters of friends (including May Murray Parker, Dorothy Von Moltke, Lucy Molteno). Andre Murray is clearly an example of this, perhaps as part of Schreiner’s attempts to awaken greater ambition and political awareness in the younger generation of women. Thus Schreiner writes to Andre Murray of the achievements of her nieces Ursula and Dot Schreiner, while in a very powerful 4 May 1913 letter which is all about writing she comments that writing should not be done for fame or fortune, but to be true to a strong urge to represent thoughts and feelings. Mostly Schreiner wrote short letters and later lots of postcards to Andre Murray when she removed to Europe, tantalising her with cultural titbits (architecture, churches, paintings) on the front of postcards. Throughout warmth and affection come across, and also that Schreiner greats her as a peer, as ‘your friend Olive Schreiner’.
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