Clarisse refuses to accept that fact that Montag is some kind of "guardian of her life". As a fireman, he has been happy burning books because he thinks he is protecting society. However, Clarisse makes him question that belief. In addition, Clarisse asks Montag if he is happy? Montag doesn't have an immediate reply because he has never really allowed himself to think about that question, although he has been feeling uphappy about his life for quite some time. When Montag enter his house after talking to Clarisse, he finds his wife has just tried to commit suicide. This incident serves to reinforce Montag's feeling that something is wrong in his life and his search begins to find answers that will give him some kind of satisfaction.