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The parlour consists of three interactive television screens, each the size of the room's wall. Mildred inserts a seashell (we might describe this as the earbuds used with an Ipod) into her ear and reads a small part in the script written for each interactive show.
Montag's TV room does in fact have three full walls and his wife does want a fourth. Her desire to have the fourth wall is for total immersion in the TV realm. Shows actually engage the viewer in the show, think the ultimate reality show. The person sitting in his or her individual TV room gets involved in the show.
So Montag's wife, thinks of her TV show people as her family. She fills her life with the shows that she watches, so the TV set-up is very important to her.
Montag's living room consists of three walls that are TV screens (they haven't yet paid off the third wall and they are very expensive). Montag's wife already wants a fourth wall put in so she can be absolutely immersed in the lives of others--presumably to forget how miserable her own life is?
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