FAHRENHEIT 451 -- ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY & SCREENCAP GALLERY
[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.
[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.