In "Burning Bright" of Fahrenheit 451, to what vocation do the wilderness people devote themselves?

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I am not sure I would call it a vocation, exactly.  At least, it is not like these people are pursuing something as a job.  But if you are using the term "vocation" in the sense that a priest or a nun is said to have a vocation -- as a higher calling to do something, I guess it makes sense.

Anyway, what these people are doing is wandering around until (they hope) they get a chance to reform society.  They have each memorized a book or a part of a book.  This is their vocation -- to keep that book "alive" until they get the chance to share that book with their society after their society has changed enough to allow that.

So I suppose their vocation is memorizing books in an attempt to have the chance to renew and remake their society some time in the future.

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