Fahrenheit 451

Why does Montag say that falling down in the middle of the street during his escape saved his life? Text.

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The thing that had saved him was falling flat. The driver of that car, seeing Montag down, instinctively considered the probability that running over a body at that speed might turn the car upside down and spill them out. If Montag had remained an upright target. . . ?


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