Ordinary People Characters

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Conrad Jarrett

The youngest son of Beth and Calvin Jarrett, Conrad attempts suicide and spends eight months in a mental hospital for his efforts. He is struggling to get his life back to some semblance of normalcy away from the hospital and back in school.

Calvin Jarrett

Father of Conrad and Jordan and husband to Beth, Calvin is a tax attorney who is very quiet and soft-spoken. He doesn't like confrontation and has spent most of his life both besottedwith and browbeaten by his wife.

Beth Jarrett

Conrad's mother, Beth is a driven perfectionist and extremely controlling individual; she is unable to deal with Conrad's suicide attempt so close on the heels of losing Jordan in a boating accident. Though everyone sees her as perfect, Cal recognizes that she is actually chaotic, stubborn and impulsive.

Jordan Jarrett

Jordan is the son of Calvin and Beth, and Conrad's older brother...

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