Study Guide

Ordinary People Chapter 11

By Judith Guest

Chapter 11

  • At lunchtime, Calvin bumps into Carole Lazenby, Joe's mother.
  • Carole tells Calvin to tell Conrad to stop by and hang out sometime. She misses seeing him. Carole casually mentions how cool and collected Beth is all the time, which prompts Calvin to think about his wife's obsession with perfection.
  • Calvin also thinks about how Ray, his business partner, had an affair. But Ray's wife, Nancy, took him back.