Mildred has her friends over for a visit. They planned to watch TV together. Montag ruins those plans by pulling the plug on the TV. He asks the women uncomfortable questions about war and about their children, and then he pulls out his poetry book. He has the little device Faber made attached to his ear. Faber asks what he is trying to do. Montag answers,
"Scare hell out of them, that's what,scare the living daylights out!" (pg 98)
This is where Mildred gets involved. She asks Montag who is he talking to. When she doesn't get a reply she tries to cover up his embarrassing mistake, hoping to avoid having her house burnt down. She tells the ladies that
....once a year, every fireman's allowed to bring one book home, from the old days, to show his family how silly it all was, how nervous that sort of thing can make you, how crazy. Guy's surprise tonight is to read you one sample to show how mixed-up things were so none of us will ever have to bother our little old heads about that junk again." (pg 99)
She then snatches the book and tells him to read a specific poem to the ladies, telling them that they won't understand a word.
Montag reads the poem, and when he finishes, Mrs. Phelps is crying. Mildred tries to comfort her, and tells the ladies to turn on the television so that they can all be happy again. The ladies refuse and leave the house.
Mildred goes into the bathroom and takes her sleeping pills.