We want Information Information Information
What do they do with all this information which the administration of the village accumulates? People are brought to the village, people who have knowledge in their heads which is of value to one side or another. People who know too much or too little. Which means that no piece of information is too small to be gathered, such as the reason behind No.6's resignation.
During Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling we learn how using the Seltzman machine the village's administration is able to gather such information. One chap was extremely co-operative. He told them all they needed to know in three days - with hardly any persuasion - so then they wiped all unhappy memories of the village from the man's mind, and would put him back into circulation to gather more information. But this does not answer what they do with all this information when they get it, and for which side is this information being gathered for?
I suppose knowledge is power, and the more knowledge you have the more powerful you become.
In the Village…….
……..Numbers Are More Individual Than Names
Everyone citizen in the village is known only by his or her number. And at anyone time there can only be one of any given number in the village. Unless of course you are the new No.2 just appointed as the out going No.2 is leaving as in the episode of Free For All. Or the heir presumptive in It’s Your Funeral, but otherwise Numbers in the village are as individual as names, if not more so because names are not used at all, or at least they’re not supposed to be. What's more then can only one such number, say Six, at any one time.
This might possibly be the reason as to why No.6 is so determined to prove that he is the "real" No.6. This when during the previous episodes No.6 has always fought against acceptance of, or responding to his number "I am not a number, I am a free man" he iterates during the previous and subsequent opening sequences of the Prisoner. But then the shoe is on the other foot when some interloper comes along, someone who not only presumes to be you. But at the same time takes both No.6's identity, but also his number! Then and only then does No.6 fight tooth and nail in order to prove to No.2 his identity. That he is No.6, and that it is the interloper, Curtis-No.12 who is the economy pack!
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