What are some quotes in Fahrenheit 451 about Mildred's laziness?

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Montag's wife, Mildred, is the typical lazy, callous citizen in Bradbury's dystopian society. Mildred is depicted as extremely superficial, materialistic, and ignorant. Her favorite activity is watching hours upon hours of television on her interactive parlor walls. Toward the beginning of the story, Mildred reveals her lazy personality by petitioning Montag for a fourth parlor wall. Mildred raves about her interactive televisions by telling Montag,

It'll be even more fun when we can afford to have the fourth wall installed. How long you figure before we save up and get the fourth wall torn out and a fourth wall-TV put in? It's only two thousand dollars.

In addition to spending hours watching television, Mildred also listens to her Seashell radios at night rather than engaging in meaningful conversation with Montag. Bradbury writes,

Late in the night he looked over at Mildred. She was awake. There was a tiny dance of melody in the air, her Seashell was tamped in her ear again and she was listening to far people in far places, her eyes wide and staring at the fathoms of blackness above her in the ceiling.

Mildred is so attached to meaningless entertainment that she even tells Montag that the television programs are her family. Rather than exercising or engaging in any intellectual pursuits, Mildred always stays inside and indulges in mindless entertainment. When Montag is feeling conflicted and perplexed, Mildred tells him,

The keys to the beetle are on the night table. I always like to drive fast when I feel that way. You get it up around ninety-five and you feel wonderful. Sometimes I drive all night and come back and you don't know it. It's fun out in the country. You hit rabbits, sometimes you hit dogs.

Overall, Mildred is a completely selfish, lazy individual who spends the vast majority of her time watching the parlor walls and listening to her Seashell radio. She completely conforms to the shallow culture of Bradbury's dystopian society and does not support her husband's intellectual pursuits.

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Mildred’s laziness is an example of the lack of engagement among people in Montag’s society.

In Montag’s society, people drive fast and watch a lot of television.  They do not form deep relationships with each other, and they certainly do not care much for each other.  Montag's wife Mildred is the perfect example of this.  She is lethargic and insensitive.

For example, every night Mildred lays in a stupor listening to her seashells.  She is completely unaware of the world around her.

The room was indeed empty. Every night the waves came in and bore her off on their great tides of sound, floating her, wide-eyed, toward morning. There had been no night in the last two years that Mildred had not swum that sea, had not gladly gone down in it for the third time. (Part I)

Montag feels disconnected from Mildred.  She is more interested in the comatose state than him.  She watches television or listens to the music.  They barely talk, and there is nothing like actual love between them.  She even tried to kill herself, but suicide attempts are common in Montag’s culture.  People see no reason to live.

Montag feels as if he has no connection to Mildred, because she is more interested in the imaginary television people than in him.

Well, wasn't there a wall between him and Mildred, when you came down to it? Literally not just one, wall but, so far, three! And expensive, too! … No matter when he came in, the walls were always talking to Mildred. (Part I)

The television is society’s way of keeping people controlled.  They are so entranced with the television people that they forget to live their own lives.  This is the way most people operate.  Books have been outlawed, but initially they were just no longer needed.  People had everything else, they did not need mental stimulation.  The government decided that thinking was dangerous.  People would be happier without it, and easier to control.

Unlike Mildred, Montag craves more.  She is perfectly happy to live with the fake families on the television and drown herself in music.  He wants to have actual interactions with people and experience the full spectrum of human emotions. It is what turns him into an outlaw.  He is curious about living with more.

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