Monday, 20 December 2010
Confession Is Good for The Soul
But No.6 is part of the community, and the community must live and so must No.6. He palys chess with No.6 an ex-Admiral by all account, and of whom I believe there is much more to than first meets the eye. I first took the ex-Admiral as a fool, who had been in the village far too long. But then to have been so, he must have done well to have survived for so long. It took me a while before his comment to No.6, about the Stone Boat, became fully understood. I just thought the ex-Admiral was being daft, a symtom of his senile mind when he said to No.6 in Arrival, "Try the boat. She's good in any weather. Sailed her many a time. Have a good trip!" I mean the Stone Boat cannot go anywhere, and after a little research I disovered what a Stone Boat actually is, and why it doesn't go anywhere!
No.6 is also a sucker for a damsel in distress. Nadia-No.8 was a damsel in distress during The Chimes of Big Ben. Monique-No.50, a damsel who went looking for help from No.6 in It's Your Funeral, whom No.6 could not resist, once he'd found out the reason for her coming to him in the first place. Alison-No.24 wasn't exactly a damsel in distress, but he was helping her with her mind reading act in time for the village festival. And they always turned on him, save for Monique, these so called 'damsel's in distress,' betraying No.6 to No.2. Alison said to No.6 that if given a second chance she wouldn't do it again. So why do it the first time!
In the end, liife in the village comes down to manipulation, the manipulation of the citizens. And the final manipulation for No.6 was Fall Out. A last throw of the dice to try and break No.6. But in the end it was nothing more than a falling out. Because once No.6 had returned to London, and as soon as he could, he was off to tender his resignation, and therefore the Prisoner began all over again, the series being nothing more than a vicious circle. The Prisoner setting in motion a continuous act of self-persecution!
I'm Piet Hein