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Montag gets on the subway, heading for Faber's apartment. On the way, he realizes how numb to the world he has become and wonders if he'll ever regain his sense of purpose. He recalls the frustration he felt as a child when he attempted the impossible task of filling a sieve with sand. He resolves to read and memorize the Bible he carries with him before he must return it to Beatty, but finds himself unable to retain any of what he reads, just as a sieve is unable to retain sand. He becomes increasingly frustrated as his attempts at concentration are foiled by the toothpaste jingle that is incessantly playing over the subway speakers.
Montag was really nervous he got really numb. He wanted to talk to Faber because of the books he had. He wanted to know more about if the book he had was the last book. He asked Faber over a phone call how many copies he had but Faber didn't respond due to the he didn't want to get caught and he thought it was a trick he didn't answer to Montag decided to go an pay him a visit.
Fahrenheit 451 p.g. 74-76