Cobb "And you?"
The Prisoner "How long have you been here?"
"Days - weeks - months? It's difficult to tell."
"How did you get here, who brought you?"
" I was in Germany. I went back to my hotel, I think I went to bed - I was here!"
Some would say that Cobb had been brought to The Village purely for the benefit of the Prisoner. But what would that achieve? Simply to have Cobb brought to The Village just for a few moments while they met. Having said that, they did the same with Fotheringay. The meeting of Cobb and the Prisoner, could have been a mistake, that they should never have been put together on that hospital ward. Cobb brought to The Village, abducted from a hotel in Germany, that’s fair enough. They wanted to know all about him, so he talked, in the same way Chambers had talked. But had Cobb already been turned to The Village by the time he and his ex-colleague met? Because if he hadn’t, it didn’t take them very long to convert Cobb, as it was the next day that we see Cobb in the Control Room with Number 2. As for Cobb, having supposedly committed suicide by jumping out of a hospital window, for reasons of their own, The Village's administration chose for Number 6 to believe that Cobb was dead.
So where were Cobb’s new masters? London one should imagine, seeing as Cobb could only have been dressed for working somewhere in the City, in all probability for British Civil service. Business suit, rolled umbrella, and in which other country would one wear such clothes with a bowler hat? In fact Cobb is dressed as the former Number 2 in ‘Fall, Out’ is dressed, when he returns to the fold of the Establishment somewhere in the Houses of Parliament.
Be seeing you.