In Fahrenheit 451, how does Montag's relationship with Mildred change?

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At first, since Montag has no reason to change his thought patterns, his relationship with his wife Mildred is steady and calm; they share a house and bed, and while Montag is not as obsessed with the enormous television screens as Mildred is, he doesn't begrudge them to her. However, after he is exposed to a radically different mode of thinking through Clarisse, their relationship suffers. He starts talking about ideas not accepted by society. He starts secretly bringing books home. Mildred escapes further and further into her television, refusing to listen to his new ideas. Eventually, when his actions humiliate her in front of their few human friends, she reports him to the fire station, guaranteeing that his books will be burned. When the city is bombed, Montag feels a great sorrow for her assumed death because he was never able to make her understand his new feelings. He wanted to share his changes with her, but she pushed him away.

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