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Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

The Hearth and the Salamander (continued)

Summary The Hearth and the Salamander (continued)

The feelings of prescience Montag experiences before meeting Clarisse and before stumbling upon his wife’s empty bottle of sleeping pills recur throughout the novel. Bradbury uses such vague premonitions to suggest the inevitability of events. A bit of foreshadowing also takes place in this section and periodically throughout the book, as Montag looks up and contemplates the ventilator grille in his home as though something sinister were hiding in it. Bradbury showcases his rich, poetic prose style early in the novel, starting with the opening paragraph about the pleasures of burning and the extremely detailed, almost scientific digressions about Montag’s expectation of seeing someone waiting for him around the corner, and his prescient sense that he is about to kick an object on the floor in his bedroom.