In Fahrenheit 451, why did Montag call Faber?

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Montag initially calls Faber to ask him how many copies of Shakespeare and Plato are still in existence. Montag knows that he possesses extremely rare books and remembers meeting Faber in a park once. When Montag initially met Faber, he could tell that he was reading something and seemed like a genuine man. At this point in the story, Montag has been seriously analyzing his life and believes that reading literature can possibly provide him with the much-needed answers he is seeking. However, he struggles to comprehend the information he reads and thinks that Faber may be able to help.

Montag's initial question regarding how many copies of Shakespeare and Plato are still in existence disturbs Faber, who fears that he will be arrested by the authorities if he discusses literature over the phone. Montag then visits Faber's home and convinces the former professor to help him on his journey towards intellectual enlightenment.

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Since Montag met Clarisse, his brief conversation with Faber in the park had been popping into his head more often.  After he spends the day with Mildred reading, "again he found himself thinking of the green park a year ago" where he had sat next to Faber on the park bench, and been quite sure that Faber had quoted what Montag sensed "was a rhymeless poem."  Since his world had been turned upside down with Clarisse, and his ever-increasing dissatisfaction, Montag turned to Faber to take the next step.  So, while Faber was on his mind, he gives him a ring, and asks how many Bibles are still left, "how many copies of Shakespeare and Pluto?"  His question is sincere, but of course it scares Faber, who thinks it's a trick, some way to trap him, and hangs up.  So, Montag goes to visit him, and it goes from there.

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