In my opinion, it also proved Gene had excess disposable income, and, was probably a very self-serving egotistical man, willing to do whatever it takes to get his way... Though obviously, he has served as a true friend to Don, a person with whom most people have found it impossible to spend much time, let alone someone with whom to comfortably initiate and maintain a friendship. Personal note: I tend to be drawn to those who appear to be judged by the overall majority as 'socially different.' Perhaps mainly due to the fact that as a young child I was ostracized by many others due to environmental and social circumstances beyond my control--I can just relax and accept/appreciate more 'variability' in social skills and behaviors than most other people.
Later, Claudia asked if Don had enjoyed the Asperger's lecture.
I...told her I had found the subject fascinating.
"Did the symptoms remind you of anyone?" she asked.
They certainly did. They were an almost perfect description of Laszlo Hevesi in the Physics Department. (21)
It should have hit a bit closer to home than that, I would think! ;) I gathered that Gene and Claudia had planned for Don to give this lecture as an introduction to discussing his own personality characteristics.
"...I'm not proficient at dating. There are so many rules to remember."
"You're doing okay," she sad. "Except for staring at my boobs." (61)
Ha! Caught! However, upon questioning, he can describe the pendant she is wearing in detail, as well as the one from earlier in the day, so he was able to justify his excuse of looking at her pendant(s). :)
Proof that without some spontaneous unexpected life events our lives would prove to be very dull and boring!
I admit I was very curious about all the hype I had read regarding this book. I strongly advise you to pick this one up and read it, if you haven't already! And if you have, what struck you most about this book?
There was so much to consider and contemplate...while it sounds rather complex, it was quite simply written and very easily understood. And I loved each of these characters!
Definitely anxious to read the sequel, The Rosie Effect!