ZM73, according to Janet Portland, had been away a year. In fact the last time she saw her fiancé was at the final fitting of a dress for her birthday party, one of yellow silk. She hadn’t seen him since that day. And now this chap, the Colonel, turns up, living in her fiancés house and driving his car!
In the guise of the Colonel, ZM73 eventually goes to see his
former employer, and one time future father-in-law Sir Charles Portland,
claiming to be ZM73.
"You claim to be ZM-Seventy-three” says Sir Charles
What follows is ZM73 trying to prove to Sir Charles Portland
that he is who he claims to be. But it may well be wondered, as I wonder, why
Sir Charles didn't ask "If you are who you claim to be, that of ZM-Seventy-three,
where have you been for the past year?" But then it’s quite probable that
Sir Charles knew exactly where his once future son-in-law had been, that it
might well have been on his word that ZM73 had been abducted to The Village in
the first place. And he wouldn’t have been out of The Village then if it hadn’t
been for the fact that Sir Charles needed ZM73 to go and find Professor
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