Describe Clarisse's effect on Montag and her function in Fahrenheit 451.

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Clarisse has a transformative effect on Montag, showing him how dull and unthinking his life has become.

When he first sees her, he is transfixed. Her face is pale, her eyes "dark and shining and alive." Her conversation rivets him. She seems genuinely interested in him and engaged by what he has to say. He describes this as seeing:

himself in her eyes, suspended in two shining drops of bright water, himself dark and tiny, in fine detail, the lines about his mouth, everything there, as if her eyes were two miraculous bits of violet amber that might capture and hold him intact.

She is, as well, engaged in the world around her. She notices nature, such as the dew on the grass in the morning. She tells him about her oddness in comparison to others in their society, such as her enjoyment of taking walks so that she can observe things that are lost in the blur of driving by in a car. She tells him she doesn't like to watch television or go to the Fun Parks.

Meeting Clarisse brings home to...

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