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By the first card game that we witness, Clarisse has already influenced Montag more than he can know. Montag has already become more introspective about the world, about his life. Montag asks Captain Beatty if "it was always like this". Montag wants to know if burning books had always been the fireman's role in society. The other men are shocked at Montag's question. It is countercultural in a world where the culture is written in stone. The men point out rules and regulations. They remind Montag of the unalterable history that has been driven into them since childhood. Montag's question offends the very core of their comfortable belief system. Montag is dismissed as a misinformed agitator. For Montag, it is the beginning of his awakening. Montag's rebellion against manufactured truth in an autocratic society is about to begin.
18. During the card game at the fire station, what question does Montag ask? What does it contribute to the plot? Montag asked what happened to a man whose library they fixed. It contributed to the plot because after the question as Montag went into detail as to why he was thinking of the man, he accidentally let in on the fact that he possessed some books. This is what got Beatty to come to his house and started everything after that.