What was the significance of the memory and the wish Clarisse causes Montag to recall in Fahrenheit 451?

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When speaking to Clarisse, Montag remembers a time when the power went out in his home when he was a young boy.  His mother lit the last candle, causing the warm light to shine on him and his mother.  This was a memory where he felt transformed by the different light, which seemed to illuminate his world.  His wish was that the light would not come on too soon, causing him to have to be transported back to his existing world.  The candle represents the illumination of a new knowledge, a new way of living in his world. 

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