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Edna Fincham

Edna Fincham married Oliver Schreiner, Will and Fan Schreiner’s son and Olive Schreiner’s nephew. Edna was from the Cape but travelled to Britain to marry Oliver in 1919. Schreiner commented in a letter to Betty Molteno in August 1919, “as I see more of Edna I quite fall in love with her. There is something that slowly opens upon you - a charm, I quite understand how Oliver fell in love with her. I thought she was quite ordinary at first & now I think she’s beautiful. She is so sweet with Fan too: this is a great joy to me.” However, this followed Edna’s attitudes to race matters being problematic for Schreiner, and represents a variant on her ‘great is silence’ approach to dealing with irresolvable differences, most probably because of her great love for Oliver.
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