Fahrenheit 451

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“Montag could not move. A great earthquake had come with fire and leveled the house and Mildred was under there somewhere and his entire life under there and he could not move. The earthquake was still shaking and falling and shivering inside him and he stood there, his knees half bent under the great load of tiredness and bewilderment and outrage, letting Beatty hit him without raising a hand” (112).

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2. What is meant by “... and Mildred was under there somewhere …”?

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Mildred, his wife, might have been in the house when it was burned. Since Montag had the books and had hidden them and has thus betrayed Mildred, he had ended that part of his life. She was a part of his life "before books" and when he is discovered with the books, she cannot be a part of his life "after books." Mildren is gone and will not be a part of his future life.