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Oh, it wasn't planned. It just so happened that a man here and a man there loved some book. And rather than lose it, he learned it. And we came together. We're a minority of undesirables crying out in the wilderness. But it won't always be so. One day we shall be called on, one by one, to recite what we've learned. And then books will be printed again. And when the next age of darkness comes, those who come after us will do again as we have done.


[Montag] I have one with me.

[The Journal of Henri Brilard] Yes?

[Clarisse] What is it? Let me see. "Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allen Poe."

[The Journal of Henri Brilard] Learn it quickly so that we can burn it.

[Montag] You burn it?

[Clarisse] Yes, of course, we have to, so that no one can take them away from us.

[The Journal of Henri Brilard] Yes, we burn the books. But we keep them up here where nobody can find them. As a matter of fact, we've just burned The Memoirs of Saint Simon. You see, Montag, that man over there hasn't much longer to live.

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