Having resigned his job, by handing in his letter of resignation to a balding, bespectacled man sat behind a desk. The Prisoner then drives back to his London home, shadowed by two Undertakers in a black hearse.
Having arrived home, that being No.1 Buckingham Place, Westminster, London, the Prisoner then collects two ready packed suitcases, in one he packs a couple of magazines, reading material for the journey. Then collects his passport and airline ticket to Europe. Well there's nothing much wrong with that, save for the fact that this was no spur of the moment thing. The Prisoner had thought about resigning, and was prepared to make a quick get-a-way! Hence the two ready packed suitcases. But where was the Prisoner going in such a hurry, and why? Perhaps he was going to Ireland, oh no, a bit too cold that time of year. Paris perhaps? Well he was heading to Europe, and the Prisoner did attend Madame Engadine's celebrated parties in Paris. And in the episode of A B & C Engadine did ask the Prisoner what he was going to do with his new life.
But this is quite incidental, because the Prisoner had left it all too late. 'They' came for him before he was expecting them! Oh yes, he was expecting them. Hence the Prisoner's haste to get away, to escape, before they came for him. But why were they coming for him? Why did the Prisoner feel the need to get away, when all he had to do was go home, have a drink, put his feet up, and think about what he was going to do for the rest of his life. Why not simply go on holiday somewhere? Perhaps that was it. Perhaps the Prisoner was simply in a hurry to catch his plane.
The Prisoner may have been expecting them, but I bet he never thought they would come in the form of two Undertakers! Not that the Prisoner actually saw them, the two undertakers and the black hearse parked outside in the street. The Undertakers gained entry to the Prisoner's house with the aid of a key. Pumped nerve gas into the study through the keyhole fo the study door, using a gas gun, of the type seen in both episodes of The Schizoid Man, and Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling. Then a coffin was brought in, and the body of the unconscious Prisoner was placed inside, and the coffin lid replaced. The coffin was then carried from the house and placed in the back of the hearse. Picture the scene if you will, as the two undertakers carried the coffin from the house of No1 Buckingham Place, across the pavement, and placed it in the back of the hearse. It's an everyday occurance, the Undertakers collecting a coffin from someone's home, to take the deceased away to a funeral. Such an innocent scene, that no-one would give a second glance to. Yet a passing gentleman might pause, and remove his hat in respect for the dead person lying there in the coffin. But in this case, and how many cases like it, the coffin actually contains the body of a man being abducted from his home, by two agents, their origin quite unknown!
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