Why is Thomes Love Peacock mentioned in Farenheit 451? How does he connect to the novel?

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Thomas Love Peacock was an English novelist, who was a good friend of Percy Bysshe Shelley. He was a lover of classical works and renowned for his satires in which characters sat at a table together and discussed the philosophies of their day. This manner of discussion is not unlike that of the members of Granger's group.

After Montag makes his escape from his repressive society, he discovers some men standing by a fire, who welcome him. One man, who introduces himself as Granger, gives Montag a bottle of colorless liquid to drink, telling him the liquid will alter his scent so that the Mechanical Hound cannot find him.
The others welcome Montag into the group; as they greet Montag, Granger introduces them. One man is Darwin, one is Jonathan Swift, another is Einstein; there are Albert Schweitzer, Aristophanes, and Mahatma Gandi. Also, there are also Gautama Budda and Confucius. Then, there is Thomas Love Peacock, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln. Finally, introduced are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Certainly, Montag is stimulated by the conversations of the men to whom he is introduced.

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