Montag did not look back at his wife as he went trembling along the hall to the kitchen, where he stood a long time watching the rain hit the windows before he came back down the hall in the grey light, waiting for the tremble to
a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material or grading particles
Once as a child he had sat upon a yellow dune by the sea in the middle of the blue and hot summer day, trying to fill a
sieve with sand, because some cruel cousin had said, “Fill this
sieve and you'll get a dime!”
a humble request for help from someone in authority
It was a
plea, a cry so terrible that Montag found himself on his feet, the shocked inhabitants of the loud car staring, moving back from this man with the insane, gorged face, the gibbering, dry mouth, the flapping book in his fist.
delicate and intricate ornamentation (usually in gold or silver or other fine twisted wire)
It was good listening to the beetle hum, the sleepy mosquito buzz and delicate
filigree murmur of the old man's voice at first scolding him and then consoling him in the late hour of night as he emerged from the steaming subway toward the firehouse world.
For these were the hands that had acted on their own, no part of him, here was where the conscience first
manifested itself to snatch books, dart off with Job and Ruth and Willie Shakespeare, and now, in the firehouse, these hands seemed gloved with blood.
And you shrieked, ‘Knowledge is power!’ and ‘A dwarf on a giant's shoulders of the furthest of the two!’ and I summed my side up with rare serenity in, ‘The folly of mistaking a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of
verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself as an oracle, is inborn in us, Mr. Valery once said.’”
the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
They leaped into the air and clutched the brass pole as if it were the last
vantage point above a tidal wave passing below, and then the brass pole, to their dismay slid them down into darkness, into the blast and cough and suction of the gaseous dragon roaring to life!