In "Fahrenheit 451" what is the effect on Montag of Mildred's suicide attempt--why does he say "I dont know anything anymore?"  

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To understand Montag's reaction it is important to note his meeting with Clarisse.  Clarisse had asked, "Are you happy?" and he was startled, and started to think that perhaps he wasn't. Meeting Clarisse had really upset his normal way of thinking; he was left feeling unsettled, questioning his happiness, and wondering why he all of a sudden felt old and tired.  Her mere presence was so refreshing and alive, that he felt his own life drab and empty in comparison.

When he finds Millie, first of all, he is not surprised:

"An instant before his foot hit the object on the floor he knew he would hit such an object."

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