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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Thought For The Day

    When during ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ when Number 6 arrived in what he took to be an office he knows very well in London, he used the reassuring chimes of Big Ben to confirm his location. Because when you hear Big Ben’s chimes you imagine yourself to be in London. The chimes can be heard five miles away, but how loud would they have been in the Colonel’s office? And yet as we witness the chimes in this case were deceptive. I realize that Number 6 relied on the chimes as evidence of place, but I cannot help but wonder why Number 6 didn’t raise up the Venetian blinds and look out of one of the windows? If he had what might have met his eyes? A view of The Village perhaps. Or a simple blank wall, or maybe a view of Whitehall from the office window?


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