It may be wondered why it is that the Ball for the Carnival was held in the Town Hall, when other organised entertainment is held in the Recreation Hall? Well it might be supposed that that would afford Number 6 the opportunity for him to discover the body of the dead man he found on the beach, to find the body a second time. But this time in a drawer in the mortuary of the Town Hall, which should really have been in the hospital. But I suppose they couldn’t hold the Ball in the hospital.
Anyway it afforded Number 6 the opportunity to go poking his
nose in where it wasn’t wanted. And so in order to make a foray into the depths
of The Town Hall he adopted the disguise of a doctor. Reads more like he should
be in the Hospital again! Going along a corridor only one door was left
unlocked, setting aside the door from which a woman in a white coat appeared
and gave the termination order to him. It was actually a pair of doors which
opened automatically for Number 6, and passing through he entered a room with
tables and green shaded desk lamps more akin to a library. There were also a
number of filing cabinets. Number 6 arrived at another door, less complicated,
seeing as the key to the door was hanging from a nail on a length of string.
Number 6 took the key, unlocked the door, and as he stepped into the mortuary
the overhead lights came on automatically. This is where Number 2 found Number
It might be wondered how it was that Number 2 found Number 6
so easily. It might be due to surveillance, because one couldn’t allow Number 6
the opportunity to roam the halls of the Town Hall at large. But then again all
but one door was open to Number 6, all the other doors being securely locked.
So perhaps it was surmised by Number 2, that Number 6 would be found in the
mortuary, that being only the second door available to him. It might also me
surmised that Number 2 wanted Number 6 to find the mortuary, and the body lying
in the drawer, seeing as the only two doors available led him to the mortuary.
After all Number 2 was not slow off the mark to inform Number 6 of her plan for
the cadaver. That the wallet in the dead man’s pocket had been amended
slightly, that the dead man would be amended slightly. Number 2 wanted him to
know that his plan to get a message to someone, anyone in the outside World had
failed. Number 6 had planned to use the dead man in the same way one would send
a message in a bottle.
There was never any danger of Number 6 poking his nose into the
intricacies of the Town Hall. Well not until he reached inside that elaborately
decorated and furnished room, where he attempted an act of sabotage against the
teleprinter. But perhaps that was also allowed, seeing as the pair of doors,
previously secured against him, now opened automatically for him, allowing Number
6 to enter the room. And once again he resorted to good old fashioned brute
force, ripping out the wiring and paper. Seeing as the machine had a back-up
system, it seems that he can never win. But this had to be demonstrated to
Number 6, and so the reason for admitting Number 6 to that inner sanctum of
Number 2’s room.
Be seeing you