People Don't Get Malaria In Palo Alto

So I probably shouldn't admit that I'm already up to Chapter 3 of the  bingeworthy new Americanized version of House of Cards that is streaming on +Netflix, but when they got to the scene where this conversation takes place, I wanted to share:

Claire: You had Malaria?
Gillian: In Zimbabwe. That took me out for a month.
Claire: You make a lot of sacrifices.
Gillian: I don't see it as a sacrifice.
Claire: You turned down a six figure salary at Google to start your own non-profit. People don't get Malaria in Palo Alto.
Gillian: (Laughs, coughs.) You do your research.
Claire: When it's someone I care about.
Gillian: Claire, I turned down that job because I would have hated myself. It was a lot of money, but for what? So they could fill their diversity quota with an Asian girl pedaling a Stanford degree?
Claire: Not just any Asian girl. A valedictorian. Let me offer you what Google couldn't. I know what it is to be capable and beautiful and ambitious  and be on people like Larry and Sergey's checklist of things that look good to have on a shelf. I'm not trying to acquisition you. What I see in you is a woman I admire, which doesn't happen often. I want to enable you.  I want to clear the way for you so that you can achieve what you want to achieve. On your own terms. Thanks for the tea.

Ouch. Cynical. Funny.  And, for the record, Claire is  trying to 'acquisition' Gillian, so add manipulative.  And nobody sits on a shelf at Google, at least in my experience. Nobody. ;)

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