Study Guide

Ordinary People Chapter 19

By Judith Guest

Chapter 19

  • Ray is concerned that Calvin isn't himself.
  • Ray suggests that Calvin stop worrying about Conrad. Yeah, why do people have to think about their stupid kids all the time?
  • Ray's reasoning is that Conrad will move out in a year, and none of this will matter, anyway.
  • The reason Ray is stepping in is that he overhead Beth say that Calvin is obsessed with Conrad's problems. And Beth is mad that Calvin talks about private issues? Pot, meet kettle.
  • However, Calvin can't forgive himself for Conrad's suicide attempt, which he thinks happened because he wasn't concerned about his son back then.
  • What's a dad to do?