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Whose home does Montag plant books in?

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Montag plants books in the home of his fellow fireman Black. This happens while he is on the run from the police. He breaks into the house and hides some books in the kitchen while Mrs. Black is asleep and Black is at the fire station.

Montag had intended to plant books in another fireman's home for some time. In fact, he developed this "insidious plan" with Faber, the purpose of which is to bring down the fireman system from the inside. When these books are discovered, it will appear to Captain Beatty that the fireman system has become corrupted. Black's home will be burned, while Mrs. Black is left outside in the cold.

Montag does not plant books in Black's home because he bears any malice towards him. It is simply the most effective way of bringing down the censorship system. Montag wants to create a new society in which books are encouraged and valued, and this is, in his view, the only way to make it happen.

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While Montag is on the run from the police, he sneaks into Black's home and plants some books in his kitchen before walking to an empty payphone booth where he calls in an alarm. Montag feels sorry for Black's wife, but mentions that his actions were payback for all of the homes burnt and lives ruined by her husband. After calling in the alarm on Black's home, Montag waits in a dark alley and watches as the fire trucks drive towards the house. Montag then silently escapes to Faber's home where Faber gives him directions to flee the city. During Montag and Faber's first discussion, Faber mentioned a plan that would involve sabotaging the system by planting books in firemen's homes. This would possibly undermine the government and play a major role in the revolution. However, Faber believes the plan would be too risky. Montag planting the books in Black's home does give him some extra time to flee from the police.

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