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Number 2 has an important decision to make regarding Number 6.

Sitting in his chair he goes through a black file, while watching past times of the prisoner in the village on the wall screen. 'Going to escape, escape and come back.

Once Upon a TimeWipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it and you with it' Number 6 tells Number on the screen. 'Unlike me many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages'. Number 2 picks up a telephone and speaks to Number 1'Degree Absolute, I require approval'.. if you think he is that important, there's no other alternative. You must risk either one of us'. I am a good man, I was a good man, but if you get him he will be better and there's no other way'.' 'I will make no deals with you, I've resigned'..' states the prisoner on the screen ''I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or Numbered, my life is my own'.

Number 2 is told that he has a week, but sees that as not long enough 'you don't want to damage him!' In the control room Number 2 puts the supervisor under orders, Degree Absolute. An emergency? Well it has to be, the supervisor wants to check, but Number 2 tells him to check nothing! All subsidiary personnel are released, time sheets as normal' double night time! Now alone in the control room Number 2 assisted by the supervisor checks the slumbering Number 6's profundity and commences to alter one aspect of the prisoner's mental processes, by counting down to five several times then holding on 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5.

Number 2 then leaves the supervisor to it, 'it's all your for one week, Degree Absolute'operate!' In '6 Private' Number 6's sleep is deepened by the pulsator suspended over his face, Number 2 enters and recites nursery rhymes to Number 6. 'Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King's horses and all the Kings men, couldn't put Humpty together again'. 'Jack and Jill went up the hill to get a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after' 'Oh the Grand old Duke of York''..' and so on one after the other all through the night.

Then cometh the morning cometh the child, 'want to go walkies?' From Number 2's office, he, the child prisoner and the Butler, go underground to the 'Embryo Room' where you can relive from the cradle to the grave. 'Seven ages of man' William Shakespeare.

One teeny weeny week is all the time Number 2 has {aided by the Butler} to extract the prisoner's resignation secret. The prisoner, his mind regressed back to his childhood, is taken by Number 6 through the various stages of life, at home, school, work and military service. And in each case Number 2 plays ht authoritative figure, father, boxing and fencing coach, headmaster, employer, Judge and military commander.

As his father he always speaks well of his mother. At school the prisoner demonstrates his rebellious nature at an early stage, he maybe a fool, but he's not a rat!

His headmaster tells him that he must not grow up to be a lone wolf! He must conform, it is his sworn duty to see that he does conform. The pupil must take six of the best!

'Twelve sir, so that I can remember' returns the pupil. It is the Butler who administers the punishment. But in the end the pupil graduates with honours, their prize pupil, who has leant to manage his rebellious spirit, they are proud to see that his obedience is absolute!

'Why did you resign?' as the headmaster. The pupil is confused 'from what sir?'

'Top secret, state secret, confidential job' as the two begin to struggle. The butler has to render the pupil unconscious by the aid of a truncheon! As a boxer the prisoner is told by his coach, that he's the chap, were major. While at fencing the prisoner is told not to hit and run, he must not treat it as a game. When told to kill by his coach, the prisoner it seems it afraid to prove that he's a man.His resignation was an act of cowardice, wasn't it? And when he finally rams the tip of his 'Epee' into the shoulder of this coach, he is sorry, sorry.

'Sorry, you're sorry for everybody, is that why you resigned?' barks Number 2. At a job interview it is plain that the prisoner is admirably suited for the position.

They have been watching him and he is just right. It's a job for life, till death do us part. It is also a cover for secret work, a top secret confidential job. The prisoner rides around the embryo room on a garden lawn mower, to the sound of London traffic, he is caught speeding by a policeman {the Butler} and is brought before the Judge, who tell him that he is guilty of speeding on a public highway. How many dead? He was travelling at great speed! The prisoner pleads that he was on a mission, a matter of life and death, Secret business which he cannot tell the Judge because such business is above the law! Found guilty the prisoner is dragged away and locked up. The prisoner was rebelling, rebelling against the figure he pleads to the Judge. And so it continues, through the prisoner's military service right up to the final desperate few minutes left to Number 2, time is now running out for him! The moment arrives when the prisoner gains the upper hand and swops places with Number 2. This is a recognised method used in Psychoanalysis the patient must come to trust his doctor totally. Sometimes they change places, which can be a risk if the doctor has problems of his own. The prisoner now the stronger character has beaten Number 2, he's the boss now. The final few second tick away on the clock, Number 2 after drinking his wine, lies dead on the floor, the prisoner and Butler are joined in the 'Embryo Room' by the supervisor who congratulates him.

'We'll need the body for evidence' the supervisor tells him 'what do you desire?'

'Number 1 'retorts the prisoner.


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