Why Number 6? Patrick McGoohan said it was because it’s the only number when inverted becomes something else. Well I can think of other numbers that could be said of. Number 9 for example, “Its Nine for Two, and Two for nothing, and Nine for free, for free for all!” doesn’t sound quite right does it? Well that’s because over the past forty-eight years we’ve been accustomed to the number 6, so naturally another other number would seem strange. And of course if the Prisoner’s number wasn’t six, then the phrase “Six of one and half a dozen of the other” wouldn’t take on quite the same meaning as it does in ‘the Prisoner.’ And Curtis would have to be Number 18 instead of twelve. Six rolls of the tongue easily, of course the Prisoner’s number could have been any single digit number. But there’s something a little different about six, it’s easy to say, short and snappy, number 6, the ideal number in fact.
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