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The outsider becomes the insider
on 2 August 2014
I didn't think I'd enjoy this because I thought it would be sanitised middle class disposable entertainment. However, there is real heart in the writing and the way some of the characters are drawn. You get the outsider, Dan Humphrey, whose parents haven't had a university or boarding school education. He is a social climber who is becoming an equal by going to the same boarding school, but not treated as an equal by the other boarders whose parents have gone to university and boarding schools. His sister is the same, but she appeals to one of the boarders who tries to take advantage of her.
Serena, who is relegated to an outsider because she disappeared from boarding school for six months, forms an alliance with the real outsider. He is attracted to her, but she is only attracted to him because he is an outsider. Eventually, he sees her for what she really is and decides to part company with her. This forces her to establish a real relationship with him and it seems to work. Over a period of time he is absorbed into high society and achieves his goal of pulling himself up by the hips and being accepted into the society that he is aspiring towards.