In Fahrenheit 451, how does Mildred respond to the revelation that she attempted suicide?

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In part one, Montag comes home from to work to discover that his wife has swallowed an entire bottle of sleeping pills and is lying incapacitated on their bed. After Montag recognizes that his wife has overdosed, he calls emergency services to revive Mildred and save her life. Two callous medical technicians arrive with a snake-like device to pump Mildred's stomach and replace her blood. Montag is extremely disturbed by their cavalier attitude towards the invasive procedure and listens as they explain to him that they are constantly reviving people who have attempted to commit suicide by overdosing on prescription medications.

The next morning, Montag enters his kitchen to witness Mildred casually eating a piece of toast. Mildred has no recollection of the previous night's events and wonders why her stomach is empty. Whenever Montag confronts his wife about her suicide attempt, Mildred denies that she ever swallowed an entire bottle of pills. Mildred continues to remain in a state of disbelief by asking Montag why she would ever do a thing like that. She ends the conversation in complete denial by saying, "I didn't do that . . . Never in a billion years" (Bradbury, 9).

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In Part One of Fahrenheit 451, Mildred attempts suicide by taking an overdose of her sleeping pills. Her life is saved but, the next morning, she claims to have no recollection of the events of the night before. In fact, she tells Montag that she feels like she has a hangover. When Montag tells her that she took too many pills,  she reacts with shock and denial:

"Oh, I wouldn't do that," she said, surprised.

Mildred is firm in her denial, despite Montag's repeated attempts to make her acknowledge and explain what she did:

"I didn't do that," she said. "Never in a billion years."

Mildred's denial of the overdose is representative of her personality, more generally. She buries her true feelings and instead devotes her daily life to the "family" and the parlour walls. Mildred is, therefore, symbolic of the dangers of oppression and censorship but her overdose suggests that entertainment has brought her nothing but misery. 

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