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Guy Montag is a fireman in charge of burning books A gentle young girl named Clarisse McClellan opens his eyes to the emptiness of his life with her innocently penetrating questions and peculiar love of people and nature After his wife Mildred attempts suicide without even realizing what she is doing after he witnesses an old woman let herself be burned with her books and after he hears that Clarisse has been killed by a speeding car Montag searches for solutions to his rising dissatisfaction in a stash of books he has stolen and hidden He looks to Mildred for help and support but she prefers television to her husbands company and cannot understand why he would want to take the terrible risk of reading books Montag remembers an old intellectual named Faber with whom he once talked in the park and goes to him for help in understanding what he reads Meanwhile Beatty Montags superior has guessed that Montag is experimenting with books and hints that he should turn in the book he stole from the old womans library within 24 hours Faber explains the value of books to Montag which lies in their ability to store and communicate meaningful information something which their society now lacks He agrees to help Montag and gives him a two-way radio which fits into his ear so that he can hear what Montag hears and talk to him secretly Montag goes home and finds two of his wifes friends there Their superficiality angers him and he shows them a book of poetry and reads them one of the poems Mildred tries to explain this away as standard fireman procedure for proving to people how useless books are but the women leave quite disturbed and upset Montag goes to the fire station and hands over one of his books to Beatty Beatty browbeats him with his impressive knowledge of literature and historical
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