What did Faber design that allowed him to stay in constant contact with Montag?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The thing he designed is what is called "the bullet" in the book.  He gives it to Montag just as Montag is about to leave Faber's house after the first time he goes there.

Faber has made this thing over the years because he has dreamed about leading a rebellion against the society.  He has hoped that there would be people who would go around undermining society and he, Faber, could sit there behind the scenes, telling them what to do without being in danger himself. He says this shows what a coward he is.

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The thing he designed is what is called "the bullet" in the book.  It is a little two-way communicator that fits in the person's ear and is about the size of a .22 caliber bullet.  He gives it to Montag just as Montag is about to leave Faber's house after the first time he goes there.

Faber has made this thing over the years because he has dreamed about leading a rebellion against the society.  He has hoped that there would be people who would go around undermining society and he, Faber, could sit there behind the scenes, telling them what to do without being in danger himself. He says this shows what a coward he is.

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Faber designed a two-way communication device called a bullet to enable him to talk to Montag. In the text, this device is described as being small, "no larger than a .22 bullet," and green in color.

To communicate, Montag places the green bullet into his ear, while Faber inserts a similar-sized object into his own. From now on, the men can talk and hear each other without being in close proximity.

Faber gives Montag this device to help him against Beatty. Montag is worried that Beatty, a persuasive speaker, will confuse or trick him with his words. So, by having the bullet device in his ear, Faber can listen to what Beatty says and can advise Montag on how to react.

Faber describes this device as "proof" of his "terrible cowardice," but in reality, it is a vital tool in their plan to bring down the fireman system.  

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