I sometimes wonder, when I watch ‘Checkmate,’ if Number 219 who seems to be an assistant to the Supervisor-Number 56 might once have been assistant to Number 2. But Number 2 being an excellent administrator Number 219 became superfluous, and went to work in the Control Room as assistant top the Supervisor. Just like Number 2’s assistant during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben’ and Number 22 of ‘It’s Your Funeral,’ because that’s what appears to have happened to them. In the one case for punishment, for suggesting that there are methods they haven’t used against Number 6. And in the other because Number 22 had nothing better to do, seeing as his Number 2 was preoccupied with his forthcoming retirement! But even then only one out of the three actually made himself busy by assisting the Supervisor. And yet another Supervisor-Number 26 had an assistant, Number 60. Number 60 hadn’t been an assistant to Number 2, that was Number 14’s job, if Number 2 would allow him to do what he’s supposed to do! So what about this Number 60, perhaps he was an apprentice, learning to be a Supervisor from one who is the best, the most competent of all the Supervisors Number 26. After all Number 2 isn’t the only one who will retire one day, there would come a time when Number 26 could look forward to his own retirement into the Old People’s Home. What a thrilling prospect for anyone who has served The Village so well.
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