Seeing as how Number 6 and Number 1 are supposed to be the alter ego of the same person, the ego against the id so to say. Why did Number 6 put himself to the test the way he did? Did he think he could beat himself? It would be like when one plays a game of chess against oneself. As white, one has the advantage of making the first move, but can one be capable of putting out of ones mind whites next move while playing black, and vice versa? Surely any such game played against oneself, if one is incapable of putting aside all thought of ones opponents intended moves, can only end in a draw. ‘The Prisoner’ began with the opening gambit with the Prisoner’s resignation, and so the next move was to have him abducted to The Village. What takes place in The Village is the middle game, people as pawns are scarified for the good of the bigger game. And yet there are times when a pawn has to be protected, especially if that pawn is about to be promoted in the game to that of a Rook, Knight, Bishop, or even a Queen. The endgame is escape, but the game ends in a draw, neither Number Six nor One is the victor, the result…….stalemate! And so the game is played again………..the opening gambit an act of resignation!
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