Do You Think that’s Wise Sir?
Involving No.6 in the assassination plot in this way? And since when has the village administration needed an excuse to punish the citizens? Mass reprisals of innocent citizens for the supposed assassination of a retiring No.2, sounds more like a purge to me. The removal of troublesome people. The removal of persons who are believed to be disloyal from an organisation, just like Uncle Joe Stalin and his number of purges of those around him who he felt he could no longer trust!
Mass reprisals, against the citizens. I wonder if No.6 was to have been amongst their number?
If He Will Answer One Simple Question The Rest Will Follow
Well that was the idea which No.2 had at the beginning of the Chimes of Big Ben. The exact same idea as one of his predecessors -No.2 of Arrival, who carried out the debriefing of the Prisoner on the morning of his arrival in the village. No.2 thought that if he could get the Prisoner to voluntarily give the time of his birth, to answer one simple question in fact, that the rest would then follow.
No.2 "One likes to know everything, for instance I had no idea that you liked lemon tea."
The Prisoner, looking at a page in his file: "The time of my birth is missing."
No.2: "Well there you are, now lets bring it all up to date."
The Prisoner: "4.31 am 19th of march 1928, I've nothing to say, is that clear... absolutely nothing!"
No.2: "Now be reasonable old boy, it's just a matter of time. Sooner or later you'll tell me, sooner or later you'll want to. Lets make a deal, you co-operate, tell us what we want to know. This can be a very nice place, you may even be given a position of authority."
the Prisoner: "I will not make any deals with you, I've resigned. I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, or numbered. My life is my own."
No.2 "Is it?"
The Prisoner: "Yes, you won't hold me.
It was a nice idea of No.2's, but it was as successful for him, as it would be for his successor two No.2 of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben.’
Be seeing you