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Dr. Villalobos Character Analysis

Dr. Villalobos is Mae’s doctor at the Circle. She is beautiful and she loves being on camera, but her medical knowledge and ethics become suspect as she treats Mae based on comments from Mae’s watchers and she constantly violates doctor-patient confidentiality by offering up Mae’s medical information while livestreaming to Mae’s viewers.

Dr. Villalobos Quotes in The Circle

The The Circle quotes below are all either spoken by Dr. Villalobos or refer to Dr. Villalobos. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vintage edition of The Circle published in 2014.
Book One, part 5 Quotes

"Okay. Can you drink this?" The doctor handed Mae the dense green liquid she'd been preparing. "It's a smoothie."
Mae drank it down. It was viscous and cold.
"Okay, you just ingested the sensor that will connect to your wrist monitor. It was in that glass." The doctor punched Mae's shoulder playfully. "I love doing that."

Related Characters: Dr. Villalobos (speaker), Mae Holland
Page Number: 155
Explanation and Analysis:

In this disturbing scene, Mae goes to visit the Circle’s resident doctor, Dr. Villalobos. Villalobos gives Mae various medical treatments, as well as a wrist monitor that tracks her heart rate and other vital signs at all times. She also gives Mae a smoothie to drink; after Mae does so, Villalobos explains that Mae has just ingested a tracking device, which Villalobos calls a “sensor” for Mae’s wrist monitor.

Although Villalobos plays off her deception as a joke, it’s a very serious violation of her duties as a doctor. Medical professionals aren’t supposed to lie to their patients—that’s why they take the Hippocratic Oath. It’s ironic that, in the pro-transparency atmosphere of the Circle, Villalobos has to resort to deception in order to violate Mae’s right to privacy and force her to ingest a tracking device. In other words, in order to insure that every part of Mae’s private life is available to the Circle, the doctor has to shroud her own intentions and violate the fundamental oath of her profession. Little by little, it’s becoming clear that the Circle is a police state—however, Villalobos is so charming and playful that Mae doesn’t realize she’s having her rights stolen from her.

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Dr. Villalobos Character Timeline in The Circle

The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Villalobos appears in The Circle. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book One, part 5
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Privacy Theme Icon
Totalitarianism and Indoctrination Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
...and goes to the Circle clinic. There, a strikingly beautiful woman, who introduces herself as Dr. Villalobos , informs Mae that the Circle values healthy bodies and minds. As such, Circle employees... (full context)
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
Dr. Villalobos asks Mae a series of medical questions. When she asks if Mae’s parents’ health is... (full context)
Book Two, part 1
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Surveillance and Transparency Theme Icon
Mae remembers that she has to see Dr. Villalobos in ten minutes. Suddenly, she sees Annie walking by in the distance and calls after... (full context)
Social Networking and the Internet Theme Icon
Surveillance and Transparency Theme Icon
Privacy Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
Mae walks to Dr. Villalobos . Because she’s so beautiful, Dr. Villalobos has become popular with Mae’s watchers, and Villalobos... (full context)
Surveillance and Transparency Theme Icon
Privacy Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
Dr. Villalobos next tells Mae that there’s a problem with her parents. The Circle has installed cameras... (full context)
Book Three
Totalitarianism and Indoctrination Theme Icon
Utopianism and Perfection Theme Icon
...at Annie. Annie, Mae remembers, collapsed at her desk and fell into a coma. Afterwards. Dr. Villalobos concluded that Annie’s coma was probably caused by exhaustion or stress. Doctors are confident that... (full context)