In "Fahrenheit 451" how can Guy get back in the good graces?

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If he wants to get back into the good graces of Beatty, he needs to take Beatty's advice.  He says, "we let the fireman keep the book twenty-four hours.  If he hasn't burned it by then, we simply come burn it for him."  Beatty is hinting around, essentially saying, "Look, Guy, I know you have a book.  I know you're curious.  That's fine.  Just put a limit on it.  Satisfy your curiosity then come back to the real world, okay? If you don't, you'd better watch out."  He sent further hints with the hound sniffing at their door.  Beatty wants Montag to "scratch that itch" of wanting to know what books are, and then, like he did, come back to being a fireman.  Unfortunately, Montag doesn't do that, and the others do indeed "come burn" his books for him.

To get back into the good graces of Mildred, he needs to go back to things the way they used to be.  She is desparate for him to get back to work:  "You should've gone two hours ago...on the early shift."  When Montag tries to get her to read with him, she backs away in horror, cries, is bored, is impatient, and just wants her t.v. walls on.  She refuses to talk about her suicide attempt, and every other attempt at closeness is shut down.  She just wants to live her life without interruption.  To get in her good graces he needs to go to work every day, buy her the next t.v. wall, and never ask questions.