This chapter discusses a conversation that Westover’s father had with his family. It was only a month after an accident he had at the junkyard, and he was reading a Bible scripture to the family in the living room. As the father was reading the Bible, Tyler, Westover’s brother, cut his father short and told the family that he was leaving and going off to college. Everyone seemed appalled, and they did not know how the father would respond to this news. Westover indicates that “…his expression was folded, impassive” (Westover 41). No one would have guessed the kind of thoughts he held regarding the words that he had just heard.
As expected, their father had a negative perception about college. He demonstrated a lack of trust in what goes on in colleges implying that even colleges only tell lies. Notably, he suggested that in college, there are two kinds of professors, those who know they are telling lies and those who think they are telling the truth. According to Westover’s father, going to college was not of any importance to his son because all lessons are about lies. He was, therefore, not going to support the idea of his son going to college.