In Ray Bradbury's science fiction story "Fahrenheit 451," how were the parlor walls described when they burned?

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In writer Ray Bradbury's science fiction story "Fahrenheit 451," the parlor walls are described as hissing out at Montag when they burned. These parlor walls housed the large TV screens that his wife watched continuously as she lived her life through the TV shows she watched - interacting with the actors in the stories that took place on screen. In essence, she lived in another world, separate from the realty of the home life she actually shared with her husband, Montag, the protagonist of this futuristic novel. However, there really wasn't a "home life" between the two - she had grown so far apart from him because of her immersion in another "reality". - or at least what she perceived as reality.

Montag is happy to burn down these TV screens on the parlor walls as they were an intrusion on his domestic life with the wife he once loved, but who is now like a stranger to him. The novel relates that:

"The fire-proof plastic sheath on everything was cut wide and the house began to shudder with flame."

This is what the description is of the burning of the room and the parlor walls - after the original "hissing" - when Montag gives the room a final blast of flame to destroy the room, and, essentially the rest of the house.

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