Well looks are subjective, but beyond that he's probably the first guy to really pay her any attention. And she's obviously unhappy with her size but he's perfectly fine with it.
I didn't get that from him - saying "You're not even that fat anymore" isn't a compliment in my book. If he'd said "You looked great before and you look great now," then I'd think he didn't care about her size. To me he seems completely uninterested in her across the board. Like he likes her OK, thinks she looks OK, will have the occasional conversation with her (but not about anything particularly substantive), sex with her is better than not having sex at all ... but if she were to cut off contact without announcing that she was doing so (like if she just stopped texting and seeing him), he wouldn't notice or care.
Yes, sometimes it turns into a real job but most times you just end up wasting a lot of time and energy working for someone for free. And instead of eventually paying you they'll replace you with someone else who thinks working a free internship will lead somewhere.
I staunchly oppose unpaid internships - what the guy had Hannah doing (and what many many many companies have done and continue to do) is actually illegal, although it's the rare person who chooses to take action.
If you're not paying interns, the work they do technically can't bring any value to the company; if Hannah was reading the slush pile, she was doing the work of an editorial assistant, which is a salaried entry-level position at publishing houses.
It also continues to create an unfair advantage for people who have support from elsewhere like Hannah - no landlord or utility company will accept "work experience" as payment, so the people who can afford to take these internships are the people who don't actually have to support themselves. Hannah obviously didn't think anything of working for free for two years (!) because she didn't have to, when other people who are just as qualified to do the work she's doing don't have the luxury of working for free. (I think it's insane that she didn't even ASK about getting paid for two years, and wasn't going to until her circumstances demanded it. Sorry, but even if you're trying to build experience, after six months you should at least be asking
about a check. I cannot imagine not wanting to earn money.)
I was a bit confused by this scene too, but I think what happened is that there were two envelopes, one for Hannah and one for the maid. She took both.
Yep, this is what happened - there was $20 in each envelope and Hannah took hers, opened the maid's envelope, and took the maid's $20. I also noticed that they left Hannah's "book" on the table (which was like 10 pages).
Edited by Empress1, Apr 17, 2012 @ 12:05 PM.