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[Clarisse] I'd like to ask you something else, only I don't really dare.

[Montag] Go ahead.

[Clarisse] Is it true that a long time ago firemen used to put out fires and not burn books?

[Montag] [Laughs] Really, your uncle is right. You are light in the head. "Put fires out"? Who told you that?

[Clarisse] Oh, I don't know. Someone. But is it true?

[Montag] Oh, what a strange idea. Houses have always been fireproof.

[Clarisse] Ours isn't.

[Montag] Well, then, it should be condemned one of these days. It has to be destroyed, and you will have to move to a house that is fireproof.

[Clarisse] Too bad. Tell me, why do you burn books?

[Montag] What? Well, it's a job like any other. Good work with lots of variety. Monday, we burn Miller; Tuesday, Tolstoy; Wednesday, Walt Whitman; Friday, Faulkner; and Saturday and Sunday, Schopenhauer and Sartre. "We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes." That's our official motto.

[Clarisse] You don't like books then?

[Montag] Do you like the rain?

[Clarisse] Yes, I adore it.

[Montag] Books are just so much ... rubbish. They have no interest.

[Clarisse] Then why do some people still read them although it's so dangerous?

[Montag] Precisely because it is forbidden.

[Clarisse] Why is it forbidden?

[Montag] Because it makes people unhappy.

[Clarisse] Do you really believe that?

[Montag] Oh, yes. Books disturb people. They make them antisocial.

[Clarisse] [Sighs] Do you think I'm antisocial?

[Montag] Why do you ask?

[Clarisse] Well ... I'm a teacher. Well, not quite. I'm still on probation. This afternoon the analyst called me in, and I don't think I said the right things. I'm not at all happy about my answers. That's probably why I've been so rude to you. Have I been annoying you?

[Montag] Oh, no, not at all. In fact, I was questioned this afternoon as well.

[Plane approaching]

[Montag] I didn't do too well either.

[Plane passing overhead]

[Clarisse] This is where I live. You see? This is my house.

One more question.

[Montag] Another one?

[Clarisse] Just a little tiny one.

[Montag] What is it?

[Clarisse] Do you ever read the books you burn?

[Montag] Why should I? First, I'm not interested. Second, I've better things to do and third, it is forbidden.

[Clarisse] Of course. You happy?

[Montag] What? Of course I'm happy.

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