Is it not the case that at very important ceremonies No.2 always wears the Great Seal of Office, as seen during the Appreciation Day ceremony? Well why isn't No.2 wearing it now? After all, isn't Appreciation Day just an opportunity of retiring the former No.2, to bring in a new No.2, and during that ceremony The Great Seal of office is worn by both No.2's as part of that ceremony, the departing No.2 and the new No.2. And is that not what is happening here, the old No.2 voted out, and the new No.2 voted in. The "ways and means" might be different, but the principle and effect is just the same, so why no Great Seal Of Office worn here?
No.7's It Doesn't Really Mean Anything
About the absence of the number 7 in the Prisoner. For years and years fans of the series have wondered, and debated as to why the "seven" has been deleted. Why do people want one?
We all have something in common, we all want to be No.1. We all have to look after No.1, because if we don't then no-one else will. So who is No.1 in the Prisoner? Patrick McGoohan, because as far as the series goes, his word was god!
We all have our own particular village, the village of the mind in which we are all Prisoners, and if we pick up that oversized red telephone and ask to speak to No.1, we shall, each and everyone of us, hear our own voice speaking back to us, that would be something wouldn't it?
What kind of village we all live in all depends on how hard we are on ourselves, self persecution if you like. We all love ourselves, hate ourselves for something or other, and sometimes we even feel as though we could kill ourselves for what we have done!
So why do we go on? Because the village is the life that we lead, each and everyone of us. Everyone has their exists and entrances, some sooner rather than later, but life goes on for the many, because it must. Because the community must live and so must you, if only we can survive the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, and come to terms with who we are, and what we do. You can try to escape, to change your life, to run away and live the life of a tramp, hermit, or monk. But you cannot run away from yourself, of who you are. That is the village of the mind, and you carry it around with you always, till death do you part.
A Matter of Resignation
Having escaped the confines of The Village, or at least he thinks he has, he arrives in an office he knows very well, and in that office he is confronted by the Colonel who sets about debriefing the Prisoner. "The night is young and there are many questions First why did you resign?"
The Colonel has been brought to the village in order to question and thoroughly de-brief the Prisoner-No.6, the Colonel has become akin to No.2 if you like. But I never have understood the Colonel's persistence over the Prisoner's resignation. Surely the Colonel had read the Prisoner's letter he left with that balding man in the office during the opening sequence, and if he had he must surely know the reason behind the Prisoner's resignation, and so doing could tell No.2 why the Prisoner resigned without all this complicated plot, which failed anyway. All the Colonel had to do was walk into No.2's office and show him the Prisoner's letter of resignation, then they could move on and use that reason against the Prisoner himself!
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