What's a paradox in part 2 of Fahrenheit 451 and what's the page number?

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In literature, a paradox is a statement that seems contradictory but contains a hidden truth. Towards the beginning of part 2, Montag stays home from work and attempts to convince Mildred to read some of his stolen books. Mildred refuses to read the books and comments:

Books aren't people. You read and I look around, but there isn't anybody! (Bradbury 34)

Mildred's comment is an example of a paradox because it contains a hidden truth. Mildred is speaking literally by saying that books are not people. However, Mildred is unaware of the "book people" that Montag joined in the wilderness. These traveling intellectuals memorize complete works of literature and refer to themselves as simply dust-jackets for books. Granger, Montag, and the other traveling intellectuals figuratively "become" the books that they read, which—in a round-about way—disproves Mildred's earlier comment that books aren't people.

Even if one were to consider her statement without the "book people" in mind, her...

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