A life time fan and Prisonerologist of the 1960's series 'the Prisoner', a leading authority on the subject, a short story writer, and now Prisoner novelist.
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Friday, 24 March 2017
The Therapy Zone
“The Village, where is this Village?” the Colonel asked. Well it’s not
where Number 6 thought it was! Is the Colonel sure he hasn’t got a Village?
Well of course he has, he’s in it, and the plan didn’t work! It made a change
the Colonel asking Number 6 the questions, but the result was the same as if
Number 2 had been asking them. Perhaps the Colonel should have read ZM73’s
letter of resignation before he left England for The Village, he might have found it
enlightening! I wonder what happened to that letter? ZM73 handed it in alright,
to that bureaucrat sat behind that desk of his. But what did he do with it?
Perhaps he handed it to the next person in the chain of command, PR12 perhaps,
who probably gave it to the Colonel. So one would have expected the Colonel to
read the letter, I should have thought it would have contained the reason why
ZM73 had resigned from his job. But then again there is always the possibility
that the letter was not seen or read by the Colonel at all, but had been filed
away in one of those grey filing cabinets seen during the opening sequences to
‘the Prisoner.’ Who would have access to it then? Who can say, perhaps the
letter was never seen by anyone again, just left to remain there in one of
those grey drawers of a filing cabinet marked “letters of resignation,” or some
such thing. But it was a long time ago now, 50 years, or as good as, and any
importance to such a letter would be long past, and probably open to a “freedom
of information” request. If a man can’t chuck up a job things have come to a
pretty pass. But then I suppose it all has to do with the man and the kind of
work he used to do. Some jobs one can simply walk away from and there’s no
comeback. While others, jobs which are of a secret, a top secret, and
confidential nature are not so easy to walk away from, not without repercussions
of one kind or another.