How long? Since the war? Before the war? Which war? A long time! In my minds eye The Village has been existence at least from the Victorian period, and for me that puts the Prisoner in a long tailed frock coat, black top had, possibly brandishing a silver topped cane. The Lotus Seven replaced by a hansom cab. The Austin Princess hearse replaced by a hearse drawn by four black horses each with a feather head plume. Of course the Prisoner couldn't go storming along a long dimly lit corridor because the underground car park would not have existed back then. But the Prisoner could still storm along another dimly lit corridor somewhere else. Because that's what I see him doing, in my minds eye. The Prisoner leaving his house, getting into a hansom cab which takes him to his destination somewhere in London. The Prisoner alights the cab, asking the cabbie to wait. He fails to notice the black hearse with two undertakers waiting in the street, as they watch the frock coated figure dash across the street, through two doors. The figure storms along a dimly lit corridor, the tails of his coat billowing out behind him. Finally he pulls a double door open and bursts into an office. There is a man sat behind a large desk, the Prisoner paces up and down in a rage. Takes an envelope from the pocket of his frock coat and slams it down on the desk before storming out, back along that dimly lit corridor, out of the building, across the street and back into the waiting hansom cab. The Prisoner tells the cabbie to take him back to the address where he was collected. Again the Prisoner fails to see the hearse, the hearse that moves off following the hansom through the busy, bustling streets of the metropolis. But time is of the essence, and the Prisoner tells the cabbie to whip up the horse, as if the chase is on, eventually arriving back at his home. The hearse parked in the street, the two undertakers watch as the Prisoner alights the cab, crosses the pavement and enters the house. They descend from the hearse, one Undertaker goes to the front door, he has a key. The other goes to the back of the hearse, opens the door and slides a coffin towards him. The front door is open, and together the Undertakers carry the coffin along the pavement and into the house, closing the front door behind them. Inside the study the Prisoner is packing for a trip, but he's too late, a nerve agent is pumped through the keyhole of the study door. The Prisoner stops collecting some papers, he senses that something is wrong. He stumbles, falls, the papers fall from his hand and float in the air for a moment as the Prisoner falls to the floor, unconscious. A few minutes later the Undertakers re-emerge from the house carrying the coffin between them, which is put back into the hearse. One Undertaker returns to close the front door of the house while the other climbs back onto the hearse. Joined by his colleague, the hearse slowly pulls away.
What happens to the Prisoner? He wakes up in what he thinks is his own home of course, yet he is in The Village of 1886!
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