Fahrenheit 451

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  • And you must be... the fireman.
  • How oddly you say that.
  • Of course. You're a new neighbor, aren't you?
  • Why should you be?
  • You know, I'm not afraid of you at all.
  • So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you're just a man, after all...
  • No. Houses have always been fireproof, take my word for it.
  • Is it true that long ago firemen put fires out instead of going to start them?
  • Montag and Clarisse meet and strike a conversation. 
  • Strange. I heard once that a long time ago houses used to burn by accident and they needed firemen to stop the flames.
  • Why are you laughing?
  • Clarisse tells Montag that she's not afraid of him because of his career as a fireman. After she says this, Montag really looks at her and almost studies her and, unbeknownst to him, has a bit of an awakening.
  • You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off. You never stop to think what I've asked you.
  • You are an odd one... haven't you any respect?
  • Clarisse brings up the conversation of firemen once having the job of putting out fires instead of starting them. Not only does it introduce the general job of firemen in the society, but it also builds up a very significant scene to the story.
  • Are you happy?
  • Montag, for an unknown reason, finds it amusing how Clarisse thinks firemen used to put out fires and starts to laugh. Clarisse questions him, as she said nothing funny.
  • Clarisse tells Montag that he laughs despite her not saying anything of amusement and he doesn't stop to think of things she's said. He takes offense to this, implying that what she said was disrespectful. After this, she switches up the subject of the conversation and talks about things that hint toward the ignorance and oblivion of society.
  • As Clarisse makes her way to her house, she turns back around and asks Montag, "Are you happy?" To this, Montag thinks about whether he's really happy or not, and after noticing his life at home, realizes he ISN'T happy.
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