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When Montag and Mildred both read the books, Montag is much more interested than she is, because she prefers the “relatives” in the parlor television.
Montag feels that the answers to what happened to Clarisse are in the books, but Mildred does not appreciate them. They do not seem alive to her, like the people on television.
Mildred kicked at a book. "Books aren't people. You read and I look around, but there isn't anybody!" (Part II)
Mildred also worries about Captain Beatty, because she says he will come and burn the house down if he finds out they have the books. She asks him why they should read, and he tells her that people are not really alive in their world. All they have is television, and this is why people commit suicide so often.
Although Montag sees potential in books, Mildred can't imagine the value. The books do not talk and laugh like the television, so they aren’t real to her. She has no imagination and no intellect, so she can’t appreciate or understand them.
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