After a long day at work, Montag begins walking down the street and runs into Clarice and finds her to be a "free spirit" and is intrigued by her.
Montag comes home and sees Mildred lying unctuous next to an empty bottle of pills. Montag immediately carries her to a shady underground hospital where she undergoes a blood extraction surgery that keeps her alive.
Montag and some other firemen are called to the house of an old lady that has books. Montag steals a book and the old lady sets herself on fire to show her love for books and that if her books will burn she will burn with them.