On the morning of ‘Free For All’ there comes an early morning greeting, made by a female announcer “Congratulations on yet another day,” probably meaning that if you're awake, you've made it through the night! Well they come for you in the night you see, at a time when your guard is down and you’re heavily drugged, and take you away. They did that to Number 6 three nights running in ‘A B & C’ as they carried out a running experiment. And if it hadn't been for the doctor-Number 14 there would have been the possibility that Number 6 might not have made it through the night, so keen as Number 2 was to continue with the experiment! But at least they took him back to his cottage, because there is that time in ‘The Schizoid Man’ when they didn’t! They came for Number 6 in the night, two doctors, but his sleep was light, so they deepened it for him! Then he was supposed to have woken up the next morning, not as himself, but as someone else. There have been times when I’ve woken up not realizing what day it was, but ‘The Schizoid Man’ takes things to extremes. It’s between four and six weeks when Number 6 wakes up in a strange apartment, but at least he did, and lives to face the day as someone else, Number 12, and told that his job is to impersonate himself. Life cannot get much worse than that, or can it? There’s the time in ‘Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling’ when they came for Number 6, but this time it was different, as four “Snowdrops” military policemen manhandling him from his cottage. I’ve wondered why it is that Number 6 is taken from his cottage that way, it’s the odd one out, when it would have been much easier to take him from his cottage in the night when he’s asleep and heavily sedated!
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