On what page of Fahrenheit 451 is the line, "Behind each if these books, theres a man. Thats what interests me"?

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gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

On page 49 of the 60th Anniversary Edition of Fahrenheit 451 published by Simon & Schuster, Montag refuses to go into work and tells his wife,

"Last night I thought about all the kerosene I've used in the past ten years. And I thought about books. And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books" (Bradbury, 49).

In Part One of the novel, Montag meets his extrovert neighbor Clarisse, who asks him if he is happy with his life. Clarisse then tells Montag that he is not in love, and Montag begins to contemplate his meaningless life. Montag realizes for the first time that he is living an unfulfilling, unsatisfying life and wishes to make a change. As he lays in bed, he thinks about his occupation, stagnant relationship, and meaningless life. Montag then sits up in bed and begins explaining his feelings to his superficial wife. Before Captain Beatty arrives at his home, Montag tells his wife that he refuses to go into work and is fascinated by the possibility that the answers he is seeking may be inside of the same books he has been burning over the past ten years.

pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The quote that you are referring to starts on page 51 and continues on the top of 52.  I have the 50th anniversary edition of the book.

The quote comes from a conversation that Montag is having with his wife Mildred, when he has brought books into their home and he is trying to convince her of their importance.

"And for the first time I realized that a man was behind each one of the books.  A man had to think them up.  A man had to take a long time to put them down on paper." (Bradbury)

Yojana_Thapa | Student

In my book its page 51.