V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

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Dominic Stone Character Analysis

The loyal assistant of Eric Finch, Dominic Stone is a talented detective for the Nose who plays an invaluable role in tracking down V. Like Finch, Dominic seems to have misgivings about the morality of the Norsefire regime, though he’s less willing to discuss them than Finch is. After Finch leaves his post, Dominic rises to head the Nose, where he tries, with little success, to track down V. At the end of the novel, Eric Finch advises Dominic to “be his own leader,” but it’s not clear how Dominic will interpret this advice, or if he’ll obey it at all.

Dominic Stone Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Dominic Stone or refer to Dominic Stone . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 3, Chapter 10 Quotes

I’m following my own orders now. And getting out before everything blows. Perhaps you should, too. Goodbye, Dominic. Take care, lad.

Related Characters: Mr. Eric Finch (speaker), Dominic Stone
Page Number: 252
Explanation and Analysis:

At the end of the graphic novel, Eric Finch crosses paths with his old coworker, Dominic Stone. Finch, transformed by his use of LSD, tells Dominic that he's no longer working for the government. His experiences with LSD and with V have convinced him that there's no point in living a life of fear and submissiveness. Instead of cowering before the Norsefire government, Finch chooses to "follow his own orders."

The second part of Finch's advice is as interesting as the first. Finch knows that soon, the Norsefire government is going to "blow"--and he has no intention of being around when this happens. One could interpret Finch's statement to mean that he's frightened of anarchy--the mob rule that's going to break out when Norsefire disappears from England. Finch's fear of the impending mob makes us, too, wonder what will become of England--after Norsefire, will the people build a utopian, anarchist society (a society in which, somehow, there's no government)? In typical fashion, Moore doesn't answer his own questions: he leaves readers to decide what an anarchist society would look like, or if it's even possible.

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Dominic Stone Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character Dominic Stone appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
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...after the events at the end of the last chapter, Mr. Finch and his colleague, Dominic, climb aboard the train, which is now a crime scene. Finch walks to Prothero’s train... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
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...a rose, identical to the one left for Lewis Prothero. As Finch inspects the building, Dominic informs him that the music V was playing was Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. (full context)
Book 3, Prologue
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It is November 5, 1998. At the Ear, Mr. Etheridge, a high-level executive, sits alone. Dominic enters the room and asks him if he’s seen Mr. Finch lately. Mr. Etheridge replies... (full context)
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...by Helen Heyer, who yells at her husband for abandoning her inside the building. Suddenly, Dominic runs to Conrad—he left the Ear seconds before it exploded: Mr. Etheridge is surely dead.... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
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It is November 7, 1998. At the new Nose building, Dominic has taken over as the new head—Mr. Finch has been mysteriously absent from his post.... (full context)
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...of cryptic letters that the club has received recently—letters similar, we recognize, to those that Dominic was just discussing. We then see a close-up of V, stacking dominoes on the floor. (full context)
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...see the “grand significance” of V’s plan. As V talks to Evey, we cut to Dominic, still puzzling over the letters that have been circulating throughout the country. Suddenly, he seems... (full context)
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As the chapter begins, Dominic bursts into the Leader’s office. Without any introductions, Dominic explains that he knows how V... (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 10: The Volcano
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...9, 1998. At 9:30 PM, a massive riot has broken out in London. Finch and Dominic stare out at the mob from the safety of their headquarters. Finch notes that the... (full context)
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Finch turns to go. As he does so, Dominic suggests that drugs have addled Finch’s mind. Finch replies that his mind is perfectly clear.... (full context)