After last week’s post about Georgie Porgie’s antics being censored, someone told me about the censorship in her bais yaakov.
“Fahrenheit 451 was censored, in spite of the obvious irony,” she noted.
Whenever a book was censored, the office staff would have to go through each volume and cross out the offending words. For particularly vituperative tomes, parental volunteers were requested to assist. Books were therefore never available on time, and literature teachers perpetually behind on their curriculum.
But that was preferable to the students reading things like the following paragraphs from Peter Pan, from which a single word was excised four times:
“I think it’s perfectly sweet of you,” she declared, “and I’ll get up again,” and she sat with him on the side of the bed. She also said she would give him a
kissif he liked, but Peter did not know what she meant, and he held out his hand expectantly.
“Surely you know what a
kissis?” she asked, aghast.
“I shall know when you give it to me,” he replied stiffly, and not to hurt his feeling she gave him a thimble.
“Now,” said he, “shall I give you a
kiss?” and she replied with a slight primness, “If you please.” She made herself rather cheap by inclining her face toward him, but he merely dropped an acorn button into her hand, so she slowly returned her face to where it had been before, and said nicely that she would wear his kisson the chain around her neck. It was lucky that she did put it on that chain, for it was afterwards to save her life.
I remember when we watched Hamlet, the teacher tried to fast forward a particular line in one of Hamlet’s conversations with Ophelia. She couldn’t get to quite the right spot on the other side, so after some back and forth she gave up and just played right through it. Naturally, we all missed the subsequent lines, as we buzzed quietly among ourselves trying to figure out what the offending phrase might have been.
What got censored in your high school?