Perhaps they were, perhaps that’s why the Prisoner meets with a different Colonel, and Thorpe not Fothergay. Remember Number 2 told Fotheringay to get back to London before any embarrassing questions were asked. Perhaps Fotheringay was too late, and was picked up on his return, and the Colonel soon after. That would account for the Colonel’s successor, and Fortheringay’s replacement. And the fact that Number 6 wasn’t altogether trusting of the Colonel and Thorpe, once bitten and all that. Because the Prisoner wasn’t sure which side runs The Village. But where else was the Prisoner to get the answers he so desperately needed, if not there with the Colonel?
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