Fahrenheit 451 Reading Summaries
Part II: The Sieve and the Sand
Scene I: Montag is reading the books with Mildred, though he doesn’t understand what some mean and Mildred doesn’t care. While they’re reading, the mechanical hound seems to be at the door, but they ignore him. Montag wants a teacher, and thinks about an old man (Faber) he met last year in the park who used to be an English professor.
" `That favourite subject, Myself." – Allusion
“It was dead but it was alive. It could see but it couldn't see.” – Paradox
Scene II: Mildred is excited because the girls are coming over tonight, and Montag calls Faber and asks him if there are any copies of the Bible, Shakespeare, or Plato left … he says no. Montag has a copy of the Old and New Testament and is planning to make duplicate it and turn in the Bible to Captain Beatty.
“How many copies of the Bible are left in this country?" – Allusion
"How many copies of Shakespeare and Plato?" – Allusion
Scene III: Montag is in the subway with the Bible in his hands and he wants to be his old self again. He’s trying to think about what to do while loud commercial for toothpaste (Denham’s Dentifrice) is making him crazy until he stands up screaming, “Shut up, shut up, shut up!” because he couldn’t think. Everyone stares at him, and when they call security, he runs out the subway.
“The night I kicked the pill-bottle in the dark, like kicking a buried mine.” – Simile
“Once as a child he had sat upon a yellow dune by the sea in the middle of the blue
and hot summer day” – Imagery
Scene IV: Montag goes to Faber’s house with the Bible and tells him he is there because he wants somebody to listen to him and because he realized he wasn’t happy; something was missing and he thought it was in books. Montag tells Faber that he wants him to help him read and understand books, but he is too much of coward to do so. He finally accepts and shows Montag a device that lets him hear anything Montag hears so that they can...