At the beginning of Part 2, Montag and Millie debate the pros and cons of books. Then Montag flashes back to his first meeting with Faber. Montag then calls Faber but Faber is scared and hangs up.
Meanwhile, Millie plans to have her friends over to watch the "White Clown." Montag challenges her way of thinking and asks if the White Clown loves her. He is trying to get Millie to understand that her love for parlour shows is superficial and empty. The evocative power of books and curiosity has awakened him. He wants Millie to realize that he is her family. But she has become too accustomed to her way of life. She still thinks her family is comprised of characters from the shows she watches.
Montag goes to visit Faber. After a long conversation, Faber reveals he has been a coward for hiding his love of literature. He gives Montag a radio device to put in his ear. That way, he and Montag can stay in contact at all times. Montag leaves Faber's house, both of them considering the possibility of rebelling against their society.
Montag returns to find Millie and her friends at his home. Emboldened, Montag begins reading poetry to them. Millie's friends are overcome because the poetry is making them feel things for the first time. They are extremely uncomfortable. Montag kicks them out of his house and goes to the firehouse. He gives Beatty one of the books he'd stolen, thinking this might erase any suspicion Beatty might still have of him. The firemen get a call and Part 2 ends with Montag's realization that they have come to burn his own house.