Faber is a retired English professor. The old man makes quite an impression on Montague.
Since Faber used to be an English teacher, he has been thrown away by society. No one wants books anymore.
The old man admitted to being a retired English professor who had been thrown out upon the world forty years ago when the last liberal arts college shut for lack of students and patronage. (p. 34)
The old man has held onto his love for literature for forty years in a society that not only does not appreciate books, but burns them.
Faber talks with a “cadenced voice” and speaks his ideas clearly. He still has that professorial story-telling ability that entrances Montague from their first meeting.
Faber is very convincing. When Montague finds him, he is weak and timid. However, when he talks and tells stories he is impassioned.
"I don't talk things, sir," said Faber. "I talk the meaning of things. I sit here and know I'm alive." (p. 34)
Faber’s passion is contagious, and Montague soon comes to the realization that Faber’s world is more real than his.
Faber can recite poetry and knows a lot about books. He seems to realize that Montague is interested in learning about books.
When Montague calls him to ask how many Bibles are left, and how many copies of Shakespeare, he gets suspicious. He answers that there are none and hangs up. Even though he let Montague know who he was, he clearly is still careful.