She mentions her being an outcast at school, because she is quite different from other kids.
She does not like car races and amusement parks, she does not like conversations about nothing, she does not like contemporary art.
”Montag doesn’t want to acknowledge that he is not, but the reality has a nasty surprise for him: at home he finds his wife Mildred nearly dead due to overdose of sleeping pills.
No wonder that he’s horrified, and bomber aircrafts flying over his house with a thunderous noise are not just merely hinting that the country is on the verge of war, but also serve as acoustic counterpoint to Montag’s despair.
In Part 1, “The Hearth and the Salamander”, we meet the protagonist, Guy Montag, in course of his work, while he enjoys the feeling the books burning brings to him.
He is a fireman, his job is to burn and he really loves doing it, each sense involved. On his way he meets Clarisse Mc Clellan, a girl who characterizes herself as being “seventeen and mad”.The old lady refuses to leave the house and her library, so she waits for firemen to spread kerosene and lights the match.On their way back to the station, Montag tries to remember the old lady’s words, and, shockingly, Captain Beatty is not only quoting them correctly, but also states the author, date and circumstances at which these words were said. Mildred chatters about something but he’s too lost in thoughts about old lady’s suicide and stolen book to pay any attention to her words.This leads to further splitting on Montag’s personality, a loyal citizen and employee on one level, a curious dreamer on the other.At firehouse Montag confronts the Mechanical Hound, and it’s not the first time.Fahrenheit 451, probably the most famous of Ray Bradbury’s works, is also the most famous novel about books and their role in the life and development of humankind.Any time at outbreak of obscurantism the educated people would mention Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian grim tale of firemen burning books, because reading is mostly banned in their society.When Montag tries to remind her about it, she just waves him away, being busy reading the scenario of a day-time interactive soap opera.At the same time she cannot tell what the teleplay is about and just nags her husband about getting the forth TV-wall (i.e., a wall-size TV screen), forgetting that they’ve got a third one only two months ago and had to shorten their spends in many ways. She’s visiting a psychiatrist, because her habits of walking, watching birds and butterflies, tasting the rain etc. A childish “dandelion test” shows that she is in love with somebody, while Montag is not.Grim subject, but Montag listens longingly, because such talk is a rarity, it’s unusual, like everything related to Clarisse; he is eager to join their conversation, or at least listen to it.He returns home, checks on his wife, tries to sleep, but is too overwhelmed by thoughts and events of this day, so he takes his sleeping pill. She does not remember taking thirty or forty pills instead of two, so she assumes that they had a party last night, and this is just a hangover and hunger.