Study Guide

Ordinary People Characters

By Judith Guest

Conrad Jarrett

Being in the hospital might be a nice alternative to going to high school, especially if it's...

Calvin Jarrett

Calvin Jarrett. Batman. Harry Potter. What do they all have in common? No, Calvin Jarrett doesn't...

Beth Jarrett

We don't know much about Beth. She's described by her husband as "a marvelous mystery" (4.1), but...

Dr. Berger

TV and film have a huge pantheon of fictional psychiatrists. Tony Soprano had Dr. Melfi. Will...

Jeannine Pratt

Jeannine has it pretty easy as the new girl in school. She's definitely more Zooey Deschanel than...

Joe Lazenby

Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin sang, "You ain't never had a friend like me." And while...

Kevin Stillman

Every school has a guy who is so obnoxious and annoying that you have no idea how he has any...

Karen Alrich

People can make friends anywhere. At school. At work. At summer camp. And in Conrad's case, at...

Ray Hanley

Ray is Calvin's business partner, but he's been up to more than just balancing the books. He's in...

Conrad's Grandparents

Some people look like their dogs. And many people act like their parents. This is a recurring...