In Farenheit 451, what has Montag been able to memorize and what quotes help provide evidence to support your answer ?

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After having become dissatisfied with his life and the frivolousness of what his wife watches, Montag steals books and hides them in his house until his own wife calls the firemen in Part III. Beatty takes Montag to his house and orders him to torch his home; Montag does so, but he also turns the torch upon Beatty. Fleeing the Mechanical Hound that is set after him, Montag seeks his new friend Faber. At Faber's house, they watch the pursuit on the television. Montag leaves after changing clothes to foil the Mechanical Hound. He flees the city, following the railroad tracks, and later encounters people in a wooded area. One man named Granger has Montag watch "his" capture as helicopters descend upon some poor victim who is supposedly Montag. Then, Granger asks him what books he knows.

"What have you to offer?"

"Nothing. I thought I had part of the Book of Ecclesiastes and maybe a little of Revelation, but I haven't even that now."

"The Book of Ecclesiastes would be fine. Where was it?"

Later, a war breaks out and the city is destroyed. The people in the woods light a new fire, a phoenix. Montag feels the words stirring in his mind. He thinks of what he can say when it is his turn,

To everything there is a season. Yes. A time to break down, and a time to build up. Yes. A time to keep silence and a time to speak. Yes, all that.

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