Study Guide

Ordinary People Chapter 23

By Judith Guest

Chapter 23

  • Calvin gets home late and finds Conrad asleep on the couch.
  • Calvin wakes up his son and helps him to his bedroom.
  • Conrad tells him that he got in a fight.
  • Calvin isn't mad. He's actually proud of Conrad for letting his emotions out instead of bottling them up like bad Snapple.
  • After Conrad goes to sleep, Calvin goes to his bedroom.
  • Beth is there, and Calvin wonders why she didn't wake Conrad to see why he'd fallen asleep on the couch.
  • "What the hell is wrong with her?" (63.61). Um, where to start?