| Quote #7
"Sounds fine," said Mrs. Bowles. "I voted last election, same as everyone, and I laid it on the line for President Noble. I think he's one of the nicest-looking men who ever became president."
It’s clear that this election was fixed. What’s scary is that it was fixed not with guns or cheating, but by intellectual manipulation – which is more powerful and more frightening.
| Quote #8
"It was pretty silly, quoting poetry around free and easy like that. It was the act of a silly damn snob. Give a man a few lines of verse and he thinks he's the Lord of all Creation. You think you can walk on water with your books. Well, the world can get by just fine without them. Look where they got you, in slime up to your lip. If I stir the slime with my little finger, you'll drown!" (3.38)
It’s odd that Beatty makes so many religious references (like walking on water), given that the Bible is a banned book…
| Quote #9
Somewhere the saving and putting away had to begin again and someone had to do the saving and keeping, one way or another, in books, in records, in people's heads, any way at all so long as it was safe, free from moths, silverfish, rust and dry-rot, and men with matches. The world was full of burning of all types and sizes. Now the guild of the asbestos weaver must open shop very soon. (3.243)
Montag has escaped the rigidity of the government’s rules, but he has discovered another system of order – that of nature.