arrived home in ‘Many Happy Returns,’ Mrs. Butterworth asked the nameless exile
his name. I suppose she had to pretend not to know it so as to keep up the
pretence. If she actually knew what his real name was in the first place of
course. But why didn’t the Prisoner give his real name, something which has
often puzzled me. After all what harm could it have done? I suppose to the
Prisoner it could have been a matter of trust. Trust in himself, in his
surroundings, and trust in this woman who he finds to be living in his one time
home, when there was still six months on the lease left to run. After all he
didn’t know who Mrs. Butterworth was, so he gave her a false pseudonym, Peter
Smith. It was as good a false name as any, and after his recent experience in
The Village, any name is preferable to a number!
If Mrs. Butterworth had been genuine,
and the log book of the car had been the original, then his proper name would have
been on it. And she would have known she was being duped!
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