Andy: She hates me, Nigel.
Nigel: And that’s my problem because… oh, wait. No, it’s not my problem.
Andy: I don’t know what else I can do. Because if I do something right, it’s unacknowledged; she doesn’t even say “thank you”. But if I do something wrong, she is vicious!
Nigel: So quit.
Nigel: Quit. I can get another girl to take your job in five minutes. One who really wants it.
Andy: I’m not… I don’t want to quit. That’s not fair! But I… You know… I’m just saying that I would just like a little credit for the fact that I’m killing myself trying.
Nigel: Ah, Andy. Be serious: you are not trying. You are whining.
What is it that you want me to say to you, huh? Do you want me to say, “Poor you. Miranda’s picking on you, poor you. Poor Andy.” Hmm?
Wake up, six. She’s just doing her job. Don’t you know that you’re working at the place that published some of the greatest artists of the century? Halsten, Loggerfeld, D’Laurente… And what they did, what they created, was greater than art. Because you live your life in it. Well not you, obviously, but some people.
You think this is just a magazine? This is not just a magazine. This is a shining beacon of hope! For, oh I don’t know, let’s say a young boy growing up in Rhode Island with six brothers, pretending to go to soccer practice when he was really going to sewing class, and reading Runway under the covers at night with a flashlight.
And you want to know why she doesn’t kiss you on the forehead and give you a gold star on your homework at the end of the day.
“…the fact that…” = Some members of the Grammar Police will tell you that you should never use this phrase. But here’s a page that explains how to use “due to the fact that” correctly: www2.elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/exercises/because In my opinion, it’s just a phrase to avoid; it’s probably not a good idea to use it in your TOEFL or IELTS essays.
to pick on someone = To tease or bully someone. A common sentence is: “Pick on someone your own size!” You would say this to someone who is teasing or bullying someone who is much smaller or weaker.
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