what had the old man been doing montag meets in the park?what is the old man's name?

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In a flashback in the story, Montag meets an older gentleman in the park, named Faber.  When Montag first meets Faber, he is amazed to find a man simply sitting in the park, enjoying nature.  When they have a discussion, he realizes that Faber has a deep love of books.  This intrigues Montag.  Faber later becomes an important character when Montag contacts him to ask for assistance from the unemployed printer, so that he can make copies of his stolen books.  As the novel ends, Faber and Montag devise a plan to plant stolen books into the homes of firefighters, and call in the alarms themselves.  Faber is the first character in the novel to express a love of books. 

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