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Mrs. Phelps was affected, she shed tears.
Mrs. Phelps was affected by the original intent of the poem. “[She] was crying (Bradbury 100).” This shows us that Mrs. Phelps was truly connected to this poem. The poem was powerful enough to make her show emotion, which is something that rarely happens in this dystopia. Although the other women misconstrued this act of emotion showing, we understand it as an epiphany for Mrs. Phelps. It shows us the true power of words on paper. Over the years, the parlour walls have been brainwashing her with censored information and nonsense and a few phrases from a poem was all it took to knock the torch out of her head.