“Anchor?” queries the psychiatrist.
“The Hope and Anchor, it’s a pub I used to drink at” says Number 6.
The doctor said there are some unusual associations, although nothing significant. Well let’s see. Hope-anchor, the Hope and Anchor public house where the Prisoner used to drink at. As a matter of fact The Hope and Anchor is about two miles from Patrick McGoohan’s former
Home-away that’s perhaps the Prisoner being away from the Village, and reflects his return as in ‘Many Happy returns,’ and again for the same episode away-return, meaning he was away and then he returned. Free-for all well that’s when the Prisoner stood as a candidate for public office, for the position of No.2.
The rest of the words go together in pairs, like red sail, which could be associated with a song “Red sails In The Sunset” published in 1935. Game-love-game-game-tennis, and in tennis love is nil! And besides that No.6 is good at the game he plays against No.2, and that’s why No.14 tells him he plays a fine game, and has nothing whatsoever to do with chess!