Dance Of The Dead
After Number 6's first meeting with his observer Number 240, she hurries away towards the Town Hall in order to take up her duties in the control room.
No.6 takes it into his head to follow No.240, that's a good one, the observed following his observer!
But suddenly that white membranic village guardian has other ideas and impedes Number 6's progress enough to give Number 240 a head start. Then goes off for a second, allowing Number 6 to mount the steps and follow in his observers footsteps. But then reappears again impeding Number 6's progress along the cobbled path.
Number 240 approaches the pair of wrought Iron gates, the other side of those and the street lies the Town Hall. She looks back for a second, as she realises that she is being followed by Number 6!
But to save her there is again the village guardian, as it continues to impede Number 6, and give No.240 time to cross the street and enter the Town Hall.
There is no force used by this membranic being against No.6, nor does it emit its blood curdling roar, or attempt to suffocate No.6 into unconsciousness. It simply glides in and out of Number 6's path at given moments, with gentle persuasion and a touch of agitation, slows Number 6's progress enough to give Number 240 time to enter the Town Hall.
Number 6 Is Dead.....
............... Rover Got Him!
And what if by some curious quirk of fate, that that statement is correct, that Rover did in fact attack the wrong Number 6. Where would that leave Curtis? Perhaps Curtis then, after the death of the real No.6, quickly decided to maintain the persona of Number 6, and try to escape the village. And thereby escaping the possible wrath of No.1 for his part in the death of Number 6.
Of course Curtis would have to fool Number 2 into thinking he was Number 6, to act and behave accordingly and thereby escaping the village, otherwise Number 2 might smell a rat! There was one flaw in Curtis' escape plan, in that he played the role of Number 6 too well. He had to feign his somewhat nervous and strung up state, and pretend that he has had no time to think about Number 2's proposition which he put to Curtis when he arrived in the village. Not to mention that duff line about reporting to the General, well not to report to him personally....... "For Pete's sake you know what I mean."
Curtis' impersonation as Number 6 was perfect, so perfect that it put a nagging doubt in Number 2's head, who went off to talk to the pilot of the helicopter, before testing Number 6 "You won't forget to give my regards to Susan will you?" "I won't" says Number 6 slipping on his blindfold.
And that was the flaw you see, Curtis played his part too well, and responded as No.6 would have done. After all, how could No.6 have known that..... "Susan died a year ago!"
So where would that leave Curtis and Number 2? It is not impossible to carry on this interpretation to it's ultimate climax. So to save both their skins, Number 2 arranged for Curtis to maintain his deception by continuing to live in the village..... in the guise and persona of Number 6!
Be seeing you... whoever you are!