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Where did Montag hide his books after the ladies left?

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roscel | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2012 at 9:41 AM via web

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Where did Montag hide his books after the ladies left?

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schulzie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 23, 2012 at 5:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Montag realized he had made a mistake in reading the poetry to the ladies.  Faber emphasized the point when he said into the earpiece,

"Fool, Montag, fool,fool. oh God you silly fool..." (pg 101)

Montag finds his books hidden behind the refrigerator.  Mildred, in fear of losing her home, his job, and her life as she knows it, hid them and was burning them one by one. Montag realizes that he has to move them if he wants to save them.  He moves them into the backyard and hides them in the bushes near the alley fence.  He just plans on leaving them there for the one night in case she decides to do any more burning. He has to go to work.  Remember, all of their fires were at night.

Ironically, that very night they stopped and burned his house, and it was his wife and her friends who reported him to the fire dept. He never gets to retrieve the books.

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