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Posted October 17, 2008 at 7:17 AM via web

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In "Fahrenheit 451", what two observations does Clarisse make about Montag's conversational mannerisms?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 17, 2008 at 11:47 AM (Answer #1)

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The first observation that Clarisse makes about Montag's conversational mannerisms is when they first meet.  Montag begins to laugh when Clarisse asks if firemen didn't used to put out fires.  When Montag laughs at that Clarisse says,
"You laugh when I haven't been funny and you answer right off.  You never stop to think what I've asked you."

The second remark from Clarisse comes the next time the two meet.  They are talking and Clarisse wants to know from Montag how he chose to become a fireman.  She tells him he is not like the other firemen she has met.  She says, "When I talk, you look at me.  When I said something about the moon, you looked at the moon, last night.  The others would never do that."

Clarisse is indicating that she is intrigued by Montag, because he doesn't act like most people who burn books for a living.


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