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Quotes for
The New Number Two (Character)
from The Laughing Prisoner (1987) (TV)

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"The Prisoner: Once Upon a Time (#1.15)" (1968)
[first lines]
Number Two: [shouting at the butler] Wait! Remove it! I told you to remove it!

[repeated line]
Number Two: [to Number Six] Why do you care?

[repeated line]
Number Two: [to Number Six] Why did you resign?

Number Two: Why did you resign?
The Prisoner: For peace.
Number Two: For peace?
The Prisoner: Now let me out.
Number Two: You resigned for peace?
The Prisoner: Yes. Let me out.
Number Two: You're a fool.
The Prisoner: For peace of mind.
Number Two: What?
The Prisoner: For peace of mind!
Number Two: Why?
The Prisoner: Because too many people know too much.
Number Two: Never!
The Prisoner: I know too much!
Number Two: Tell me.
The Prisoner: I know too much about you!

Number Two: I'll kill you.
The Prisoner: I'll die.
Number Two: You're dead.

Number Two: Society is a place where people exist together.
The Prisoner: Yes sir.
Number Two: That is civilization.
The Prisoner: Yes sir.
Number Two: The lone wolf belongs to the wilderness.

Number Two: Why did you resign?
The Prisoner: I didn't accept. Why did you accept?
Number Two: You resigned.
The Prisoner: I rejected.
Number Two: You accepted before you resigned.
The Prisoner: I rejected.
Number Two: Who?
The Prisoner: You.

Number Two: [the Butler has had to knock out Number 6 when he tried to strangle Number 2] I'm beginning to like him.

Number Two: [Near the end of Degree Absolute, the Butler has obeyed Number 2; to Number 6] He thinks you're the boss now!
The Prisoner: I am.

Number Two: I am Number Two!
The Prisoner: You are Number Nothing!


"The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben (#1.1)" (1967)
[last lines]
Nadia: You were right about him.
Number Two: I told you.
Nadia: Don't worry. It was a good idea, and you did your best. I'll stress it in my report.

Number Two's Assistant: He'll crack.
Number Two: Perhaps. One tiny piece at a time. I don't want a man of fragments!

Number Two's Assistant: He doesn't even bend a little.
Number Two: That's why he'll break. It only needs one small thing. If he will answer one simple question, the rest will follow: Why did he resign?

Number Two: Do you still think you can escape, Number Six?
Number Six: Oh, I'll do even better than that.
Number Two: Oh?
Number Six: Going to escape and come back.
Number Two: Come back?
Number Six: Escape, come back, wipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it, and you with it.

Number Two: If I turn her over to you, you'll do some woodwork for me, is that your deal?
Number Six: The best you'll get.
Number Two: Ha ha! You really are the limit, Number Six!

[Number 2 is describing the Village]
Number Two: What in fact has been created? An international community. A perfect blueprint for world order. When the sides facing each other suddenly realize that they're looking into a mirror, they'll see that this is the pattern for the future.
Number 6: The whole world as the Village?
Number Two: That is my dream. What's yours?
Number 6: To be the first man on the moon.

Number Two: Don't worry, Number Six... you'll be cured. I'll see to it. No more nightmares. If you have so much as a bad dream, you will come whimpering to tell it to me. *Whimpering!*

Number Two: [they are having tea in Number Two's office] I can never remember... one lump or two?
Number Six: It's in the file.
Number Two: Yes, as a matter of fact yes! But it would save time if you would just answer the question!
Number Six: Why, are you running out of time?


"The Prisoner: The Schizoid Man (#1.4)" (1967)
Number Two: You have a unique physical advantage.
Number Six: Physical advantage of growing a mustache overnight?

Number Two: It's uncanny. Number Twelve has caught the man's whole style.
Supervisor: In Haiti we'd say he's stolen his soul.

Number Two: What was your purpose in coming here?
Number Twelve: I had none. I'll go away again if you like.

Number Two: What were you doing in the recreation room?
Number Twelve: Teaching that synthetic twin of mine how to shoot and fence.

Number Six: Your boy is dedicated to his work.
Number Two: I told you he's a tough nut, Number Twelve.
Number Six: Number Six.

Number Two: The general's not going to behead you.
Number Six: We won't know until I've reported to the general, will we?
Number Two: Report to the general? That's a new one.
Number Six: Well I don't mean report to him personally. For Pete's sake, you know what I mean.

[last lines]
Number Two: Susan died a year ago, Number Six.

Number 2: By the time we finish with him, he won't know whether he's Number 6 or the cube root of infinity.


"The Prisoner: Hammer Into Anvil (#1.9)" (1967)
[first lines]
Number Two: Why did you slash your wrists, Seventy-Three? Aren't you happy here? You're not being very cooperative, my dear.
Number Seventy-Three: There's nothing I can tell you.

[last lines]
Number Two: [on the phone] I have to report a breakdown in control. Number Two needs to be replaced. Yes, this is Number Two reporting.

Number Two: You shouldn't have interfered, Number Six. You'll pay for this.
Number Six: No. You will.

Number Two: Du musst amboss oder Hammer sein.
Number Six: You must be anvil or hammer.
Number Two: I see you know your Goethe.
Number Six: And you see me as the anvil?
Number Two: Precisely. I am going to hammer you.

Number Two: You shouldn't have interfered, No.6. You'll pay for this.
Number 6: No. You will.

Number Two: I know who you are.
Number Six: I'm Number Six.
Number Two: No. D6.
Number Six: D6?
Number Two: Sent here by our masters to spy on me.
Number Six: Sorry, I don't follow.
Number Two: Oh yes. I've been on to you from the beginning. You didn't fool me.
Number Six: Perhaps you fooled yourself?
Number Two: What do you mean?
Number Six: Just supposing for argument's sake that I was planted here?
Number Two: By XO4.
Number Six: XO4? Very well, by XO4. What would have been your first duty as a loyal citizen? Not to interfere. But you did interfere. You have admitted it yourself. There is a word for that. Sabotage.
Number Two: No!
Number Six: Who are you working for, Number Two?
Number Two: For us, for us!
Number Six: That is not the way it's going to sound to XO4.
Number Two: I swear to you...
Number Six: You could be working for the enemy or you could be a blunderer who's lost his head. Either way you've failed.

Number Two: You say Number Six put this ad in?
Number Fourteen: Yes, I checked as soon as I saw it.
Number Two: "Hay mas mal en el aldea que se sueña". There is more harm in the Village than is dreamt of.
Number Fourteen: He's laughing at you. Let me deal with him.
Number Two: He's a plant. If anything happened to him, our masters would know who is responsible.


"The Prisoner: Free for All (#1.3)" (1967)
Number 6: Elections? In this place?
Number Two: Of course. We make our choice every 12 months. Every citizen has a choice. Are you going to run?
Number 6: Like blazes, the first chance I get.
Number Two: I meant run for office.

Number 6: You don't approve.
Number Two: Of the Village?
Number 6: Yeah.
Number Two: To Hell with the Village. Cheers.
Number 6: Cheers.

Number Two: Good people, it is my pleasure to present to you the one and only Number Six!
Crowd: Rah!
Number 6: I am not a number. I am a person.
Crowd: [laughs]
Number 6: In some place, at some time, all of you held positions of a secret nature, and had knowledge that was invaluable to an enemy. Like me, you are here to have that knowledge protected or extracted.
Number Two: That's the stuff to give them.
Number 6: Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment and will die here like rotten cabbages.
Number Two: Keep going. They love it.
Number 6: The rest of you have gone over to the side of our keepers. Which is which? How many of each? Who's standing beside you now? I intend to discover who are the prisoners and who are the warders. I shall be running for office in this election.

Number Two: Certainly, I'll warn them, not to damage the tissue.

Number Two: I warned you not to make it too strong, we musn't damage the tissue.

Number Two: [on Number Six's phone and TV screen] Do you fancy a chat?
Number 6: The mountain can come to Mahomet!
[his front door opens to reveal Number Two]
Number Two: Mahomet?
Number 6: Everest, I presume.
Number Two: I've never had a head for heights.


"The Prisoner: Arrival (#1.0)" (1967)
Number Two: I suppose you're wondering what you're doing here.
Number 6: It had crossed my mind.

Number Two: [to Number Six] Sooner or later you'll tell me. Sooner or later you'll want to.

The New Number Two: Good day, Number Six.
Number 6: Number what?
The New Number Two: Six. For official purposes, everyone has a number. Yours is number six.
Number 6: I am not a number. I am a person.
The New Number Two: Six of one, half a dozen of another.


"The Prisoner: A. B. and C. (#1.2)" (1967)
[Number Six lets Number Two see a track mark on his wrist. Number Two does not react]
Number Six: Anyone who had nothing to hide would ask where I got it.
Number Two: Where did you get it, Number Six?
Number Six: In my sleep.
Number Six: Oh, you must be restless. Perhaps you need a checkup.
Number Six: I have a favorite doctor.
Number Two: Really?
Number Six: Number Fourteen.

Number Two: Your drug failed!
Number Fourteen: No. *He* succeeded.


"The Prisoner: Fall Out (#1.16)" (1968)
Former Number Two: New allegiances. Such is the price of fame and failure.


"The Prisoner: The General (#1.5)" (1967)
Number Two: What was the question?
Number Six: It's insoluble by man or machine.
Number Two: What was it?
Number Six: W, H, Y, question mark.


"The Prisoner: Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darling (#1.12)" (1968)
Seltzman: For once, I am dictating!
Number Two: Heil!