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: Do you remember what you asked me the other day: if I ever read the books I burn? Remember? Clarisse
: Uh-huh. Guy Montag
: Last night I read one.
: But why do you burn books? Guy Montag
: Books make people unhappy, they make them anti-social. Clarisse
: Do you think I'm anti-social? Guy Montag
: Why do you ask? Clarisse
: Well... I'm a teacher, not quite actually, I'm still on probation. I was called to the administration office today, and I don't think I said the right things. I'm not at all happy about my answers.
: Is it true that a long time ago, firemen used to put out fires and not burn books? Guy Montag
: Your uncle is right, you are light in the head, put out fires? Houses have always been fireproof. Clarisse
: Ours isn't... Guy Montag
: Well, it should be condemned, destroyed, and you'll have to move to one that is.
: You don't like books, then. Guy Montag
: Do you like the rain? Clarisse
: Yes, I adore it.
: [trying to figure out why Clarisse was fired
] You must've said something that... Clarisse
: Oh I never got along well with the staff, they disapprove of me... I... don't always stick to the times tables... well we have fun in my class, and they don't like that.
: Tell me, this uncle of yours, did he ever tell you not to talk to strangers? Clarisse
: No, he did say once if anyone asked how old I was to say I was 20 and light in the head. They always seem to go together. Guy Montag
: Light in the head? Clarisse
: Mm-hmm, loopy, crazy.
: Why? Guy Montag
: What? Clarisse
: How did it come about? How did it begin? How could someone like you be doing this work? I know everyone says that but you - you're not like them. When I say something to you, you look at me. Why did you choose this job? With you it doesn't make any sense.
: Look at that fellow over there. Clarisse
: What's he doing? Guy Montag
: That's the information box. He can't make up his mind. Clarisse
: What does he want to find out? Guy Montag
: He doesn't want to find out anything. He knows someone who has books, so he got hold of the person's picture and number and is going to drop it into that box. Clarisse
: But he's an informer! Guy Montag
: No, he's an informant.