X is the unknown factor, the missing factor X is another way of putting it, a little like the missing link. We know a Mister X, he’s a man of mystery who goes about in disguise. Apparently a standard disguise, one adopted by the Colonel, who was murdered at the wicket one run short of his century.
Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous, takes the disguise of
anonymity which is the best form of disguise for important people. But Mister X
isn’t that important, a secret agent who doesn’t want to be recognised by the
enemy. But he is! And in all probability recognised by his disguise!!
The Prisoner is an unknown factor. We may call him Mister X
seeing as we are not supposed to know his name. He could also go by the title
of The Man With No Name, as he did in ‘Living In Harmony,’ as he was a man with
no name. Mind you the Kid didn’t have a name either, but he was known as the
So where is this leading? Who knows, who can say? Perhaps
nowhere, except that where ‘the Prisoner’ is concerned X is very often the
unknown factor. If we knew what X was, then ‘the Prisoner’ would become a whole
lot more positive, and we could be sure we knew a whole lot more about it, and
then there would be a great deal less theorising, and interpretation. But as it
is, those are the two main tools any of us have in getting to grips with ‘the
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