In Fahrenheit 451, what did Faber mean when he said, in the park, "I talk of the meaning of things"?

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When they meet in the park (Montag is remembering this) Faber is at first suspicious of Montag.  Then he warms up to Montag and tells him the line that you mention.  I believe that this means that Faber is less superficial than the people of the society at large.

In this society, people are not expected to think about things.  It is a very superficial society where people only care about tangible things.  They want excitement and mindless fun.  Faber, by contrast, likes to think and talk about what things mean.  Instead of talking about things, he likes to talk about ideas.

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