Numbers in The Village have to be constant, and there can be no same two numbers, unless sub-divided. And the number of a person’s
Yes, there would have to be a transitional period between a person who had used a number, and someone who was to be given that same number at some point. Number 113 for example, was an old woman who died a month ago. What happened to the previous Number 113, a newspaper reporter for The Tally Ho, is unknown. But it would be a sad lookout for The Village administration if no-one could be brought there until someone dies. And yet numbers are reused. What happened to the number 8 of ‘Checkmate’ to be given to a man in ‘Living In Harmony,’ And the doctor-Number 14 for the number to be reissued to the ex-Count in ‘Checkmate,’ who may not have been returned to the chessboard like Number 6, only for the Number 14 to be re-issued again to Number 2’s assistant in ‘Hammer Into Anvil.’ And there is a question in that, what happened to the doctor-Number 14, and when did the ex-Count arrive in The Village? And yet there are those in The Village who turn up in different episodes and wearing a different number! It might well be that too much is made out of the numbers. The majority of the episodes that go to make up ‘the Prisoner’ are independent stories, and so it could be that a number which appears in one episode is not relative to that same number used in other episodes, unless a character appears in more than one episode with the same number. As a matter of fact the only characters who appear in ‘the Prisoner’ more than once who always bear the same number, are Number 6 and the Supervisor-Number 26, along with two Number 2s.
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