Many Happy Returns
It was once written that "Why didn't No.6 hear the villagers evacuating? Where did they all suddenly appear from when he returned? Was everyone in on the plot? Wouldn't it have been a risk to take other genuine prisoners away from the Village?
Well of course No.6 didn't hear the village being evacuated in the night, because no-one left the Village! No, not everyone was in on the plot, they were asleep. As from where Villagers appeared when No.6 had been returned to the village, well from their homes, and buildings of the village of course. Finally it wasn't a risk to other prisoners, I refer you to the first answer given.
The Town Crier has announced that Carnival is decreed for tonight, that there will be music, dancing, happiness all at the Carnival - by order.
Music might be playing and happy laughter and cheering heard. But none of the citizens mouths are moving, a simple wave of their flags is the only acknowledgement the citizens give.
It maybe Carnival, but it here in the village Carnival is simply another form of manipulation of the citizens of the village. Who later are turned into an angry mob, by the manipulation of the court, baying for the blood of the Prisoner!
She may appear to be the kindly middle aged widowed woman, who is intrigued by a raggedy man who shows up on her door step. Who listens to the mans story about the car she drives, invites him in, and not only feeds him, but co-operates by showing him the lease of the house and the logbook of her car.
More than that, Mrs. Butterworth cannot let the Prisoner go like that, at least not without a wash, shave, and change of clothes. Those of her late husband Arthur’s clothes, who just so happens to be the same size as the raggedy man - the Prisoner. But don't be fooled by this kindly woman who allows the Prisoner the use of what was his kar, who promises to bake him a birthday cake if he doesn't forget to come back, which the Prisoner promises to do.
Martha, Mrs. Butterworth's personal housemaid, who didn't take to the raggedy man she finds on her mistresses doorstep. In fact she doesn't take to the Prisoner at all, and looked down her nose at him. But Martha is loyal to her mistress, well she has to be, following her to the village the way she did. Mrs. Butterworth knew exactly what she would be getting into by accepting her secondment to the village as No.2, but Martha, she had no idea, and no idea that her kindly mistress Mrs. Butterworth would one day leave the village, but leave her behind. That is the kind of woman Mrs. Butterworth is, not kind at all, but a hard hearted woman. She knew that although one day she would be allowed to leave the village, but not so her housemaid Martha.
Martha-No.2 encounters No.6 again at the kiosk in the episode of 'It's Your Funeral.' It appears that Martha has a sweet tooth and despite her weeks credit allowance having been all used up, she cannot go a day without her sweets. And that's when No.6 takes pity on her and buys a bag of candy for the lady. Sweet tooth, or is there something in the sweets sold to her by the kiosk vender, which makes them addictive? Well you know how the village works.
But in any case, I bet life in the village brought Martha-No.26 down to Earth with a bump. And no longer does she look down her nose at people, her once superior manner now a thing of the past, now that she is no better than anyone else in the village. Here she is and here she'll spend the rest of her days.
Be seeing you