In part two, Montag visits Professor Faber's home in hopes of learning how to comprehend the information he is reading. Initially, Faber rejects Montag by dismissing him, but Montag is persistent and shows Faber a Bible when he enters the home. As Faber is looking through the pages, he tells Montag,
Mr. Montag, you are looking at a coward. I saw the way things were going, a long time back. I said nothing. I'm one of the innocents who could have spoken up and out when no one would listen to the 'guilty,' but I did not speak and thus became guilty myself. (Bradbury, 38)
Essentially, Professor Faber considers himself a coward for not challenging the oppressive government censorship laws when they were first established. Instead of protesting and standing up for the intellectual community, Faber remained silent and passively allowed the government to carry out its censorship program. He then quietly retreated into the safety of his home, where he would only think about starting a revolution but would never dare of following through with it.
Faber then proceeds to call Montag a "hopeless romantic" before lecturing him on the important aspects of literature that society is missing. When Montag suggests that they begin making copies of books, Faber elaborates on a plan that could possibly bring down the fireman institution by sowing seeds of dissent among them. However, Faber refuses to participate in such a dangerous scheme and tells Montag that he would be committing suicide. Montag is finally able to get Faber's attention by tearing pages from the Bible, and Faber eventually agrees to help him by giving Montag the green bullet.