Who calls in multiple fire alarms for Montag's house in Fahrenheit 451?

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After Montag insists that Mildred and her friends listen to him read poetry, they all call in alarms for his deviant behavior.

When Mrs. Bowles offhandedly comments that she hates poetry, Montag questions whether she's ever read any. Faber begs him in the earpiece to be quiet, insisting that Montag...

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After Montag insists that Mildred and her friends listen to him read poetry, they all call in alarms for his deviant behavior.

When Mrs. Bowles offhandedly comments that she hates poetry, Montag questions whether she's ever read any. Faber begs him in the earpiece to be quiet, insisting that Montag is going to ruin everything. Yet Montag desperately wants the women to be more than vapid, mindless beings who are ignorant of worthwhile ideas.

Mrs. Phelps finally encourages Montag to just read a poem from his "little book," demeaning any value the content could possibly offer. Mrs. Bowles is aghast, crying that they simply "can't do that." By the time Montag finishes reading, Mrs. Phelps is sobbing and Mrs. Bowles calls Montag "nasty" for subjecting the women to such garbage.

At the beginning of part 3, Montag is fairly shocked when Beatty shows up and insists that Montag set fire to his own house. Montag asks if his wife turned him in, and Beatty verifies that she has done so. Yet there were others:

But her friends turned in an alarm earlier, that I let ride. One way or the other, you'd have got it. It was pretty silly, quoting poetry around free and easy like that. It was the act of a silly damn snob.

Montag's efforts to expose the women to great literature backfire, and they only see him as a threat to their safety. Therefore, they turn him in to the authorities, just as they are expected to do.

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