Darkness at Noon

Darkness at Noon

Vera Wassiljovna Character Analysis

Wassilij’s daughter, Vera works at the town factory, where she’s become engaged to a young mechanic. She is a fervent believer in the Party and believes everything that she is told by the authorities. Vera represents the transition from the old to the new guard, not in the Party leadership but among ordinary people. By the end, she seems to be scheming for a way to get her father out of the home they share so that she can start a new life with her fiancé there—the epitome of the kind of instrumental logic promoted by the Party.

Vera Wassiljovna Quotes in Darkness at Noon

The Darkness at Noon quotes below are all either spoken by Vera Wassiljovna or refer to Vera Wassiljovna. 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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The Grammatical Fiction: 1 Quotes

“Covered with shame, trampled in the dust, about to die, I will describe to you the sad progress of a traitor, that it may serve as a lesson and terrifying example to the millions of our country…”

Related Characters: Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov (speaker), Vera Wassiljovna
Page Number: 249
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“…After a short deliberation, the President read the sentence. The Council of the Supreme Revolutionary Court of Justice sentenced the accused in every case to the maximum penalty: death by shooting and the confiscation of all their personal property.”
The old man Wassilij stared at the rusty hook above his head. He murmured: “Thy will be done. Amen,” and turned to the wall.

Related Characters: Wassilij (speaker), Vera Wassiljovna (speaker), Nicholas Salmanovitch Rubashov
Related Symbols: Christian Symbolism
Page Number: 256
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Vera Wassiljovna Character Timeline in Darkness at Noon

The timeline below shows where the character Vera Wassiljovna appears in Darkness at Noon. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The First Hearing: 3
Ideology and Contradiction Theme Icon
The Individual, or the “Grammatical Fiction, vs. the Collective Theme Icon
...fearfully at the door. He and Rubashov had been in the same regiment: now his daughter occasionally reads Rubashov’s speeches to him from the newspaper, though Wassilj has struggled to picture... (full context)
The Grammatical Fiction: 1
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The porter Wassilij’s daughter reads to her father about Rubashov’s trial and his public confession. She reads that he’s... (full context)
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Truth, Confession, and Performance Theme Icon
The daughter reads that Rubashov had described how his story proves that the slightest bend from the... (full context)
Ideology and Contradiction Theme Icon
Truth, Confession, and Performance Theme Icon
...about Jesus being mocked and given a crown of thorns. He hadn’t protested when his daughter had taken Rubashov’s portrait from the wall: he’s too old to stand prison. Vera Wassiljovna,... (full context)
Ideology and Contradiction Theme Icon
The Individual, or the “Grammatical Fiction, vs. the Collective Theme Icon
Wassilij is reminded that his daughter wants the porter’s lodge for herself: she wants to marry a junior mechanic from her... (full context)
The Individual, or the “Grammatical Fiction, vs. the Collective Theme Icon
Truth, Confession, and Performance Theme Icon
Wassilij asks if those who were in the Civil War must also sign, and Vera, looking at him again peculiarly, says that no one has to. She adds that the... (full context)
The Individual, or the “Grammatical Fiction, vs. the Collective Theme Icon
As Vera concludes by reading the Prosecutor’s speech, Wassilij turns to the wall and dozes, waking up... (full context)