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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Point of Observation

   Number 6 is a contrary fellow. One minute he’s rejecting any thought that he’s a number, “I am not a number, I am a person” he tells the new Number 2 in ‘Arrival.’ But during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ he freely tells Nadia that he is Number 6. And again in ‘A B and C’ he acknowledges his number when he tells Number 14 that he’s Number 6. Then in the following episode ‘Free For All’ when he receives a telephone call, the operator asking if that’s Number 6, he tells her that it’s the number of his cottage. In fact he’s not responding to his number, only that of his cottage. And in ‘The Schizoid Man’ Number 6 battles to maintain his identity as he struggles to prove that he is Number 6! But then as he signs an I owe you No.6, which he writes on the counter in the General Stores, he even takes the time to question that number, that identity with a question mark! But again in ‘Hammer Into Anvil’ he proudly claims to be Number 6 when his identity is called into question once again, when Number 2 is under the impression that he’s D6. And finally in ‘Once Upon A time’ the verbal sparring between Number 6 and Number 2 eventually leads to the exchanging of roles, and apparent identities “Die six, die, die, die, die, die, diiiiieeeeeeeeee,” although the exchange of identities in this case is somewhat questionable.

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