“Get that man back to the hospital” Number 2 ordered from the gantry level in the Control room.
The doctor-Number 40 was under the misapprehension that
Number 6 was about to talk. Don’t you believe it, he would have died first! The
doctor used Roland Walter Dutton as a communications medium, to try and trick
Number 6 in giving Dutton certain information about the files he’d seen, the
projects he’d heard of, headings not details. This was under the pretext that
there was a security leak, and so the Committee wanted a breakdown on
everything they knew, ZM73, Dutton, Arthur, and the Colonel, everybody. But
Number 6 wouldn’t talk, not even to Dutton. He told him that he shouldn’t ask
him that, and then he passed out!
It is wondered just how far the good doctor would have gone
with Number 6, had Number 2 not intervened on the Prisoner’s behalf, and had he
not collapsed the way he did. The doctor-Number 40 might have gone to any
lengths with Number 6 to gain the information he was after, just like he did
with Dutton. “Everyman has his breaking point” the doctor once said to Number
2. Judging by the state of mind, Dutton was in at the Prisoner’s trial, it
would appear that the doctor had reached Dutton’s breaking point!
Originally there was to have been a scene in which the
doctor-Number 40 was having a grave dug into which was to have been buried one
of his failed experiments. Presumably that was to have been another poor
Villager the doctor had been trying to extract information from, and had gone
beyond some poor wretches breaking point, resulting in the death of the
subject! It would seem that no matter what the treatment Number 6 is subjected
to, at some point he manages to find himself in lucks way!
Be seeing you