Study Guide

Ordinary People Chapter 27

By Judith Guest

Chapter 27

  • After Conrad wails about feeling guilty for his brother's death, Berger and Conrad have their "it's not your fault" moment, twenty years before Good Will Hunting.
  • Berger believes that these things in life have no greater meaning. They just happen. It's no one's fault, and Conrad can feel bad for it and mourn, but he shouldn't take the blame.
  • Berger suggests Conrad skip school (best therapy advice ever) and hide out at his parents' house for the day.
  • Conrad lets himself in and gets to be all alone in the house.
  • By himself, in his own bed, Conrad is able to relax and sleep.