Dreams

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Dreams by Olive Schreiner

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I. The Lost Joy.II. The Hunter (From "The Story of of an African Farm").III. The Gardens of Pleasure.IV. In a Far-off World.V. Three Dreams in a Desert.VI. A Dream of Wild Bees (Written as a letter to a friend).VII. In a Ruined Chapel.VIII. Life's Gifts.IX. The Artist's Secret.X. "I Thought I Stood."XI. The Sunlight Lay across My Bed.

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was dark. So he sat down upon a stone and buried his face in his hands, to wait in the Land of Negation and Denial till the light came.

And it was night in his heart also.

Then from the marshes to his right and left cold mists arose and closed about him. A fine, imperceptible rain fell in the dark, and great drops gathered on his hair and clothes. His heart beat slowly, and a numbness crept through all his limbs. Then, looking up, two merry wisp lights came dancing. He lifted his head to look at them. Nearer, nearer they came. So warm, so bright, they danced like stars of fire. They stood before him at last. From the centre of the radiating flame in one looked out a woman's face, laughing, dimpled, with streaming yellow hair. In the centre of the other were merry laughing ripples, like the bubbles on a glass of wine. They danced before him.

"Who are you," asked the hunter, "who alone come to me in my solitude and darkness?"

"We are the twins Sensuality," they cried. "Our father's n

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