Montag asks some questions that grow suspicion among his peers. Montag asked what happened to the man whose library they burned last week. He then wonders how it would feel to be hunted by firemen like them. He wonders how it would feel to have a house and books burned. Next he asks:
Was-was it always like this? The firehouse, our work? I mean, well, once upon a time...This may not have been the brightest set of questions to ask because the men begin to wonder about him Then he says:
Didn't firemen prevent fires rather than stoke them up and get them going?This puts him in a bad situation and he doesn't realize it until the question is out of his mouth. He was only expressing legitimate curiosity after a discussion with Clarisse. He was being human and talking about his thoughts. What he should have done was guard his thoughts considering the company he was keeping. The men wonder why he wanted to know this and quickly quote the code of firemen as they know it.