The parlour was dead and Mildred kept
peering in at it with a blank expression as Montag paced the floor and came back and squatted down and read a page as many as ten times, aloud.
wear off or die down
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
declare to be true or accept the reality of
The old man
admitted to being a retired English professor who had been thrown out upon the world forty years ago when the last liberal arts college shut for lack of students and patronage.
a strainer for separating lumps from powdered material
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.
action taken in return for an injury or offense
The train radio vomited upon Montag, in
retaliation, a great ton-load of music made of tin, copper, silver, chromium, and brass.
spread by scattering
Behind him, the door to a bedroom stood open, and in that room a litter of machinery and steel tools was
strewn upon a desk-top.
turn aside; turn away from
Montag had only a glimpse, before Faber, seeing Montag's attention
diverted, turned quickly and shut the bedroom door and stood holding the knob with a trembling hand.
working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
insidious plan, if I do say so myself.”
a crime that undermines the offender's government
“To see the firehouses burn across the land, destroyed as hotbeds of
devours his tail!
a specialist in the study of language
“Aren't there professors like yourself, former writers, historians,
concurrence of opinion
The public itself stopped reading of its own
make perfect or supply what is wanting
My cowardice is of such a passion,
complementing the revolutionary spirit that lives in its shadow, I was forced to design this.”
a safe place
Playing the stock-market, of course, the last
refuge in the world for the dangerous intellectual out of a job.
an event or situation happening at the same time as another
A minute later, Three White Cartoon Clowns chopped off each other's limbs to the
accompaniment of immense incoming tides of laughter.
Some were missing and he knew that she had started on her own slow process of
dispersing the dynamite in her house, stick by stick.
inform positively and with certainty and confidence
His mind would well over at last and he would not be Montag any more, this the old man told him,
assured him, promised him.
delicate and intricate ornamentation
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.
give life or energy to
I must admit that your blind raging
inquire in an uninvited or presumptuous manner
If you need help when Beatty
pries at you, I'll be sitting right here in your eardrum making notes!”
reveal its presence or make an appearance
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.
make reference to
And ‘The Devil can
cite Scripture for his purpose.’
overabundance of words
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.’”
overthrow by argument, evidence, or proof
“Oh, you were scared silly,” said Beatty, “for I was doing a terrible thing in using the very books you clung to, to
rebut you on every hand, on every point!
experiencing or displaying extreme joy or bliss
And you got in and we drove back to the firehouse in
beatific silence, all dwindled away to peace.”
dominance through threat of punishment and violence
Oh, God, the terrible
tyranny of the majority.
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!
take the position of or have precedence over
an interruption or temporary suspension of progress
The Salamander boomed to a
halt, throwing men off in slips and clumsy hops.