In the original novel, there are four girls at the school, including Kate, another English girl. She is the one who is a journalist and starts a magazine. In the series, her character is combined with that of Judy Hale.
In the novel Pagan's only interaction with Lili was during the hotel reunion and the infamous confrontation. In the miniseries they do meet while Pagan visits her old flame Prince Abdullah of Sydon in behalf of her husband's charity.