It's just a pity that Number 6 didn't show a bit more of that individuality he's so keen on, not to go for it, whatever it is, so you might as well stop trying! He could have simply sat about waiting, and try to carry on the best he could, as there could only be a limited time in which The Village could lay dormant.
Number 6 could have started a fire. Setting light to his cottage would surely have flushed the citizens out, along with the fire brigade! There are those who reading this, who would say that if Number 6 hadn't carried out his escape from The Village during ‘Many Happy Returns’ we would not have had a story. As a writer I would say that the story would have simply taken another direction to the one we know so well.
Be seeing you.