Fahrenheit 451

Describe Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles. What do they value ?

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Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles

These two women are housewives and friends of Millie, sharing her interest in the television and her simplistic outlook on life. The three women gather to watch "the family" on Montag's walls. Their chatter reveals their selfishness and lack of purpose. They are unconcerned for their husbands and children and chose the presidential candidate for whom they voted based on looks. The two women surprise both themselves and Montag when they are greatly affected by the poetry he reads to them.