Whilst exercising in the woods Number Six is accused of being 'unmutual' for not using the village gym and a fight breaks out. He is summoned before the village committee who decide he must undergo instant social training, though he is not actually given any treatment but led to believe he has. On discovering this he hypnotizes the village doctor, Number Eighty-Six, into declaring that Number Two is 'unmutual' and Number Two is then pursued by the crowd. Written by
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The social group scene is evocative of the self-criticism that Chinese people had to undergo in Chairman Zedong Mao
's regime. Notably an Asian prisoner accuses him of being "reactionary" (a left wing criticism), whereas another accuses him of being a "rebel" (possibly a right wing criticism). The term "unmutual" was also supposedly used during the Joseph McCarthy
ite witch hunts for one involved in "un-American activities". Thus this episode can be seen as criticising both far left and far right politics. The furious mob which picks up and humiliates No 6 is similar to the Cultural Revolution, which was in full swing when The Prisoner
(1967) was written and produced. See more
The same tree, with ropey vines/ivy on it, can be seen in what are supposedly at least three separate locations - out by the cliffs, when No 6 sees the gaggle of geese; when No 6 is picked up by hospital staff for his "medical", just after the social group; and also when he happens upon No 42 collecting primroses for No 2. See more
2nd Woodland Man
[to Number Six
Training for the big break?
1st Woodland Man
Why not use the Village Gymnasium?