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Tuesday, 12 April 2016
The Postman Always Rings Twice!
I would have entitled this piece ‘Citizen Number ?’ but I don’t know the Postman’s number. And really he’s not such a remarkable fellow, there’s barely anything of note to write about him. He’s simply a citizen doing his job, just like anyone else. But I wonder if that was his job before coming, or being brought to, The Village? Well it’s his cap you see, it’s a British Royal Mail cap which used to be worn by British Postmen. And seeing as how he’s wearing it in The Village, perhaps that used to be his job in Britain. And did you know that in bygone times British Postmen did actually ride Penny Farthing bicycles, but I somehow doubt this postman rode his Penny Farthing around The Village. The invitation was sent by special delivery, that’s why Number 6 had to sign for it “Sign your Number here Number Six.” Which of course Number 6 did no such thing, he never signs his number, well he did one time, but at the same time questioned it. And mentioning that special delivery of the invitation to the Ball I wonder who sent it, Number 2, or might it have been Number 1? After all Number 1 said he couldn’t make it to the Ball, but that he wished he could be there, because Number 2 said on the telephone “I wish you could come too.” So perhaps with Number 1 not being able to go to the Ball, and not wishing to waste the invitation, he might as well let his other self go and enjoy himself in his stead! Well someone sent the invitation to Number 6, so why not?
Finally why “The Postman Always Rings Twice,” after all he doesn’t even knock on the door! Well in the first cut of ‘The Chimes of Big Ben,’ ‘6 Private’ has a door bell!
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