Montag attempts to engage the women in conversation, however, he becomes frustrated with them when they speak shallowly of a recent election and the upcoming war. Then, Montag pulls out a book of poetry and he reads the poem "Dover Beach." Then Mrs. Bowles scolds Montag for reading it. Montag drops the book into the incinerator and tells the women to go home and consider their empty lives.
After they have left, Montag discovers that Mildred has been burning his stash of books, one at a time, so he hides them again in the backyard.
Montag returns to the fire station and is met by Beatty. Beatty welcomes Montag back from being sick and invites him to the table where they're playing poker. Oddly, Beatty starts to use quotations from literature to justify why books are burned to Montag. Shortly, the alarm sounds, and the fireman take the fire engine to their destination, which turns out to be Montag's own home.
Montag and the other firemen have stopped the truck in front of his home. Meanwhile, Mildred hurries from the house with a suitcase-Montag knows she must be the one who called in the report to the fire station. Beatty orders Montag to go and burn down his own house with his own flamethrower
Montag does so and, when he returns, Beatty notices that he is listening to something. At this point, he hits Montag's head and finds the earpiece that Montag has been using to communicate with Faber.