Montag has an interaction with a young girl named Clarisse McClellan. Clarisse challenges Montag and his mindset, causing him to question his reality. Montag begins to contradict himself and his morals within his mind.
Montag seeks out a man he once saw in a park with a book because he desires to learn the value of books. The man known as Faber, was a retired professor who feared being found out and made an enemy of society. Faber agreed to pour his knowledge of books into Montag that he might gain a sense of enlightenment.
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After burning Captain Beatty to death, Montag runs from the authorities of his city. He realizes the mechanical hound is chasing him and decides to swim up the river like Faber had instructed. Once swimming a far enough distance from the city he met with a group of professors who travel.
Montag travels with the professors towards St. Louis. They travel through the forest to avoid public recognition. The men get into arguments about which directions to go and almost split up over their conflicts. But decide on an overall direction to prevent from separating and being caught.
The men stumble upon an abandoned university and begin to search the premises. They find a group of retired professors who also read books. The leader of the group,Jane, invites them to stay and continue memorize books along with their group of readers.
The other men leave and continue in the direction of St.Louis and are instructed by Montag to tell Faber his choice to stay and continue studying books. Years pass and Montag builds a relationship with the book readers' leader, Jane. After falling in love with her, he gets over his feelings towards Mildred and asks her to marry him.