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Beatty tries to use manipulation when he finds out Montag is hiding books. He seems to sympathize with Montag and even visits Montag's house to see how he is feeling. Then, he admits to reading some of the books himself but tells Montag how awful they really are. He is trying to manipulate Montag into believing that what he's done by hiding books may be normal curiosity, but it is very bad for him. Unfortunately for Beatty, Montag doesn't accept Beatty's answers and then Beatty shows his true character when he forces Montag to burn down his own house. Then Montag sets Beatty on fire and escapes to the country.