Why does Faber instruct Montag to go to the river in Fahrenheit 451?

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In Fahrenheit 451, Faber tells Montag to head for the river because it will lead him to safety. If Montag follows the river far enough, he will find railroad tracks leading into the country. The railroad tracks will take him to an encampment of people known as "book covers," and Faber believes that Montag will be safe with these people. As Montag follows the tracks, it occurs to him that Clarisse has been down the same path, either in the literal sense (Clarisse got away from the city) or in the metaphorical sense (Clarisse refused to allow the government to control her). Regardless, walking down the railroad tracks is a major turning point for Montag because it represents leaving his old life behind.

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