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From page 155 of "The Secret Year"
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
"Once you're out here in the world, nobody cares where you used to live. Who you are, that's what counts."
The barrier within the people in this book evidently separates the rich from those from "the flats". Each have their own claimed territory as well as strong opinions about the opposite side. This quote is a glimpse of what it's like outside this barrier, how your background is only a part of you when you get out there. Who you are as a person is what matters and is what people seek first.