I am not a number

I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered. My life is my own.

For official purposes everyone has a number. Yours is number six.

I am not a number. I am a person.

Six of one, half-a-dozen of another.

Is this, is this what they did to you? Is this how they tried to break you…till they got what they were after? In your head must still be the remnants of a brain. In your heart must still be the desire to be a human being again.

This is the most serious breach of etiquette.

The Prisoner

file (verb): place in document box or folder in a special order
stamp (verb): impress with a rubber stamp (like a visa in a passport etc)
index (verb): make a list of names, subjects etc
brief (verb): instruct or inform (someone)
debrief (verb): question (someone, for example a soldier or spy) about a finished mission
half-a-dozen (noun): a dozen is 12, so half-a-dozen is 6
till (conjunction): until; up to the time that
remnants (noun): remains; residue; bits that remain
breach (noun): contravention; violation; failure to observe
etiquette (noun): code of behaviour

Are you a number?

By Josef Essberger for EnglishClub June 2018
Josef started teaching English as a foreign language in 1991 and founded EnglishClub for learners and teachers in 1997.


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