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Monday 25 June 2018

Village Design

   During ‘Arrival’ there is a card in the Prisoner’s cottage with the greeting “Welcome to your home from home,” well it’s hardly that is it? It’s not a replica of Number 6’s former London home, but a replica of the study in that home. Just as Number 8 woke up in a replica of her own room wherever that is. And that’s the nub of the matter, people do not have replicas of their own homes, that would be a logistical impossibility. It seems people who have been abducted to The Village wake up in a replica of the room they were nerve gassed in, this to help make them feel at home, and thereby lessens, or heightens, the shock to come. However as we know, the rest of ‘6 Private’ bears no resemblance to the interior of No.1 Buckingham Place. The bathroom might have its door sliding to the left, and the hot and cold taps of the shower put on the wrong way round, but the bathroom is upstairs. I cannot help but wonder if they replicated the wrong fitting of those shower taps on ‘6 Private,’ as well as the wall safe hidden behind the television set?

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  1. I've wondered for some time why would there be a small doll or a mini manikin welcoming the new arrival? The doll reappears doesn't it in the shop window on the day of "Many Happy Returns". A "WELL COME" here, a "FARE WELL" there? Both of them false, like the moment when the Village is seemingly deserted which in reality it isn't. - BCNU!

    1. Hello Arno,
      I know what the doll is, I have one myself, she will be making an appearance in my forthcoming book. But why the doll is in the Prisoner's cottage I don't know. However the doll's appearance in 'Checkmate' having been seated in a chair by a hand, does strike me to be symbolic in some way. But in what way?
      Best regards