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Mildred invites her neighbors, Mrs. Phelps and Mrs. Bowles ,over to watch the walls. They are totally enjoying themselves and having a great time when Montag pulls the plug on the TV and tries to engage them in some thoughtful conversation.
We learn a lot about the society from this brief encounter with these two women. We learn that war is expected but it will be short. Mrs. Phelps says,
"Quick war. Forty-eight hours, they said and everyone home." (pg 94)
He asks about their children. Mrs. Bowls says,
"The world must reproduce you know, the race must go one.....I plunk the children in school nine days out of ten. I put up with them when they come home three days a month, it's not that bad. You heave them into the parlor and turn the switch. It's like washing clothes..... They'd just as soon kick me as kiss me. Thank God I can kick back."
We learn about their attitude toward politics when they discuss two candidates. Montag eventually reads a poem to them. Mrs. Phelps starts crying, and both women run home stating that they will never come to the Montag home again. These two women both turned him in to Captain Beatty as a person with books.
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