Fahrenheit 451

Explain the situation that occurred at the woman's house. Why did the firemen go there? How did they act? How did Montag act in comparison to the other firemen? What was the woman's reaction? How did Montag feel about the situation? (Around pages 36-42)

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One evening, an alarm comes in, calling the firemen to an old house where the owner, an older woman, refuses to abandon her home. Defiantly, the woman insists on dying among her books and lights the match that eventually takes her life along with her home and all her books. During the melee, Montag steals one of the woman's books and takes it home with him that evening. Montag returns home shaken by the woman's death and nervous about his illegal acquisition.