Lexi asked:

Does anyone else here think Mr. Darcy has Asperger's?

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Jennifer I think if it makes you happy to see Mr. Darcy as on the Autism spectrum, then that's fine. But I don't think he was intentionally written that way, and I don't personally see any evidence in the novels for it.

I did some quick research when I saw your question, because I was intrigued, and a lot of the supposed symptoms of his Asperger's could also be explained by his being an introvert. For example, one of the articles I read cited his inability to make small talk with Elizabeth while dancing. I dance and it is literally the worst thing in a partner short of being a rough lead for them to try and talk to me while we're dancing. I can only concentrate on the footwork or on the talking. Not both. Another thing I saw cited a few times was his ease while at home on his estate, whereas everywhere else he seemed awkward. This is also an introvert thing. I feel and come off as very shy and awkward in spaces and places I'm not familiar with, especially ones that require me to meet a lot of new people. But at home, even if we do have people over I've never met, I'm much more outgoing and outspoken and just generally at ease.

Something I think often gets forgotten when people are questioning this, too, is that Darcy has very recently been betrayed by a man he grew up with--Wickham--who tried to elope with his sister and steal her fortune. If I were him, I'd be very shy of new acquaintances. My old friend just stabbed me in the back. Why should I trust someone I met five minutes ago?

So, yeah, I think this is a thing like with people reading Hermione as black. There's some evidence for it, but no conclusive proof, and no one we can ask--at least not in Mr. Darcy's case. So if AS!Darcy is something that you feel strongly about or enjoy because it adds diversity, then I see no reason to say you're wrong. But I don't see it, personally.
Tytti Highly unlikely. He seemed to be able to operate perfectly "normally".
Abigail Anderson That makes sense now that you point it out.
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