deird1: Tara crying over Willow's betrayal (Tara betrayal)
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Very cross with my edition of The Naughtiest Girl in the School, right now.


This book was written in the 1940s.
The kids are given two pounds each week for pocket money.
Said pounds are made up of 100 pence each.


GRRR.


Judicious googling confirms my suspicion that the original edition had them receiving two shillings each week.

Why, oh why do people think these things need to be dumbed down? Either the kids won't notice the weird currency, or else they WILL notice and will therefore LEARN something!



This is actually annoying me more than the American editions of Harry Potter.

Date: 2016-04-28 01:59 am (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
I've learned a thing, anyway. :)

Date: 2016-04-28 03:43 am (UTC)
velvetwhip: (Die!)
From: [personal profile] velvetwhip
Sounds vastly irritating.


Gabrielle

Date: 2016-04-28 06:38 am (UTC)
londonkds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] londonkds
Yeah, there's an argument for removing things like racial epithets from children's books but that is just patronising.

Date: 2016-04-28 09:00 am (UTC)
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
From: [personal profile] eleanorjane
Also, er, two pounds a week in the 1940s is a looooooot of money. The Bank of England's inflation calculator tells me it's worth over 100 quid now, i.e. nearly AU$200.

Per week.

GOOD JOB PUBLISHERS. GOOD JOB.

Date: 2016-04-28 04:31 pm (UTC)
curiouswombat: (legolas with bow)
From: [personal profile] curiouswombat
That would really annoy me, too. Especially as even well to do children in the 1940s would probably only have got two or three shillings a week rather than pounds!

In the mid 1960s I got 2/- a week as long as I did my chores; this was pretty much the norm.

Date: 2016-07-01 02:12 am (UTC)
heliopausa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heliopausa
I'd've been cross, too! How stupid do they think children are? How much do they update the Bastables?

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