What does “crayon is forever.” mean?

History written in pencil is easily erased, but crayon is forever. Emilie Autumn

What does “crayon is forever.” mean?


The quote is from Emilie August’s novel “The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls“.

The reference to crayon is almost certainly made because inmates in asylums were only allowed crayon as a writing instrument (because it’s very hard to hurt yourself or someone else with a crayon). In Victorian times children and young people were often committed to asylums not for any genuine mental problem but for socially undesirable or inconvenient behaviour.

It is possible that the history being referred to is people’s own personal history, and “crayon” (the writing implement of the asylum) is being contrasted with “pencil” (the writing implement of the Victorian schoolchild), and meaning that your time in school may be easily forgotten, but your time in an asylum will be remembered forever. Or it may be an assertion that the history of the asylum inmates will not be easily forgotten.

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