|I always tought they were very cliche(sp?)like the way they say that Jo Scott is 'approved' there must only have been a small group that age who weren't in the gang who would have been very left out.|
For once, the Gang drifted off in couples instead of keeping together, so that Barbara and Vi; Christine and Catriona; Hilary and Lesley were all in different parts of the carriage; and Ruth Barnes had chummed up with Heather Clayton.
'That crowd miss their Mary-Lou,' Miss o'Ryan murmured to Miss Wilmot as they gazed out of the window at the end-of-autumn landscape past which they were speeding. 'She keeps them tied up when she's there. You know, some day, Mary-Lou is going to be Head Girl and won't she make them all toe the mark!'
| The Gang were very exclusive on the whole, but so far as they had met her, they liked Jo, so Mary-Lou graciously gave consent.
and at the end of the book
"That's good, Jo! Mary-Lou never says anything she doesn't mean. You're a full-blown member of the Gang now. You were sort of on trial, before."
Jo knew this for the honour it was and she went red again as she replied
|Funnily enough, the only weakly drawn character of the lot of them IMO is Loveday, and she gets to be HG!|
|I like some members of the Gang. Verity is always an interesting character, although she does have a personality transplant. I do find both Veritys interesting. Barbara is lovely, and Vi seems very nice. I liked the idea of Clare Kennedy's saintliness masking the wickedness within, although I don't remember seeing this side of her.
|I However, the rest seem to be lacking in character, and Barbara and Vi are soon taken over by Mary-Lou. So exchanges between members of the Gang are never as satisfying as those between other groups. Even in the group dominated by the triplets, characters like Rosamund, Joan, Francie, Ted and Ricki stand out. I don't know Mary-Lou's Gang that well. We all know what Mary-Lou is like, and what she thinks Verity is like, but I'd like to get to know some of the other characters. In many cases, I think you could take a conversation between the Gang, re-allocate the lines to different Gang members, and you probably wouldn't notice. I think it would be more noticeable among Bride's friends, or the triplets', or Jo's, or even Peggy's.|
|I think EBD was experimenting with a new style of friendship group in comparison to the more natural and easy going friendships we have in the earlier books. Joey's quartette, the triumverate and so on do not have a 'Junior Mafia' mentality in the way the gang seem to do. However it is actually quite a believable grouping, led more or less by one girl and dominating the rest of the year group. I don't think EBD liked this grouping though, as she dispersed the gang in later years and gave Mary-Lou friendships outwith it - Jessica, and Nina for example. Also, Len and Co are definitely not a group in the style of the gang.|
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