The Mechanical Hound is an impressive piece of technology used by the fireman institution to track down political dissidents and incapacitate them. In Part One, Montag arrives at work and walks past the menacing Hound, which is silently resting. Bradbury describes the Mechanical Hound by writing,
The Mechanical Hound slept but did not sleep, lived but did not live in its gently humming, gently vibrating, softly illuminated kennel back in a dark corner of the firehouse ... Light flickered on bits of ruby glass and on sensitive capillary hairs in the nylon-brushed nostrils of the creature that quivered gently, gently, gently, its eight legs spidered under it on rubber-padded paws. (22)
Montag is fascinated by the creature but is overcome with an unsettling feeling when he looks at the Hound in the corner of the firehouse. Bradbury then elaborates on how the firemen pass their time on boring nights in the firehouse by writing,
Nights when things got dull, which was every night, the men slid...
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