"Aren't you the new neighbor? How odd for someone to be out this late at night."
"Oh, you're the fireman! Back then, fireman used to put out fires not start them."
"Mildred please wake up! Oh no, not the sleeping pills! Call 911!"
"It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten and changed. With the brass nozzle in hi fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history," (3).
Montag Confronts Mildred
" 'I'm seventeen and crazy. My uncle says the two always go together. When people ask your age, he said, always say seventeen and insane. Isn't this a nice time of night to walk? I like to smell things and look at things, and sometimes stay up all night, walking, and watch the sun rise. So many people are. Afraid of firemen, I mean. But you're just a man after all...,' " (7). " 'Are you happy? she said. Of course I'm happy. What does she think? I'm not? he asked the quiet rooms, " (10).
Clarisse and the Dandelion
"Rub the dandelion under your chin, if the yellow comes off it means you love someone."
"There's no yellow on my chin. Does that mean that I am not truly in love with Mildred?"
"He stood very straight and listened to the person on the dark bed in the completely featureless night. The breath coming out the nostrils was so faint it stirred only the farthest fringes of life, a small leaf, a black feather, a single fibre of hair. Her face was like a snow-covered island upon which rain might fall, but it felt no rain; over which clouds might pass their moving shadows, but she felt no shadow," (13).
The Late-Night Call
" Yes, he said. " 'I wanted to talk to you.' " He paused. " 'You took all the pills in your bottle last night.' " " 'Oh I wouldn't do that, ' " she said, surprised. " 'The bottle was empty.' " " 'I wouldn't do a thing like that Why would I do a thing like that. Why would I do a thing like that? ' " she said. " ' Maybe you took two pills and forgot and took two more, and forgot again and took two more, and were so dopey you kept right on until you had thirty or forty of them in you.' " " 'Heck,' " she said, " 'what would I want to go and do such a silly thing like that for?,' " (19).
"I would never ever do something like that! Why would I take so many sleeping pills?"
"Mildred you overdosed on sleeping pills last night. How did this happen?"
"The rain was thinning away and the girl was walking in the center of the sidewalk with her head up and the few drops falling on her face. She smiled she saw Montag. " 'I guess it's the last of the dandelions this year didn't think I'd find one on the lawn this late. have you ever heard of rubbing it under you chin? Look.' She touched her chin with the flower, laughing." " 'Why?' " " 'If it rubs off, it means I'm in love. Has it?' " "He could hardly do anything else but look," (21-22).
"I just love tasting the rain, it's so sweet."
"How could this happen? I need to talk with Mildred."
Established, 1790i, to burn English-influenced books in the Colonies. First Fireman: Benjamin Franklin RULE 1. Answer the alarm swiftly. 2. Start the fire swiftly. 3. Burn everything. 4. report back to firehouse immediately. 5. Stand alert for other alarms. everyone watched Montag. He did not move. The alarm sounded. The bell in the ceiling kicked itself two hundred times. Suddenly there were four empty chairs. The cards fell in a flurry of snow. The brass pole shivered. The men were gone," (34-35).