In Chapter Twenty, Westover provides information regarding Charles, a friend she had met in her neighborhood in Idaho. She indicates that he was the first friend that she had in her new world of education. Charles was a person her father had previously tried to protect her from. This is because he was “conventional in all the ways,” and her father despised conventionality in all its senses (Westover 174). Charles talked about football and bands more than he would speak of the “End Days.” Westover felt elated in her interactions with Charles, owing to the great freedom that he had.