I Am Legend

Virginia Neville Character Analysis

Virginia Neville is Robert Neville’s dead wife. She succumbs to the vampire plague, and Neville buries her in a cemetery. To his horror, Virginia comes back from the dead and menaces him—he’s forced to kill her for a second time, and bury her once more. Although Neville’s love for Virginia is one of the crucial aspects of his character, we’re given almost no information about Virginia’s personality—she’s an important, but somewhat one-dimensional character.

Virginia Neville Quotes in I Am Legend

The I Am Legend quotes below are all either spoken by Virginia Neville or refer to Virginia Neville. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Tor Books edition of I Am Legend published in 2007.
Chapter 6 Quotes

"Maybe the insects are . . . What's the word? Mutating." "What's that?"
"Oh, it means they're ... changing. Suddenly. Jumping over dozens of small evolutionary steps, maybe developing along lines they might not have followed at all if it weren't for..."
Silence.
"The bombings?" she said.
"Maybe," he said.
"Well, they're causing the dust storms. They're probably causing a lot of things."
She sighed wearily and shook her head. "And they say we won the war," she said. "Nobody won it."

Related Characters: Robert Neville (speaker), Virginia Neville (speaker)
Page Number: 36
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Chapter 9 Quotes

He couldn't even scream. He just stood rooted to the spot, staring dumbly at Virginia.
"Rob...ert," she said.

Related Characters: Virginia Neville (speaker), Robert Neville
Related Symbols: Vampires
Page Number: 66
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Virginia Neville Character Timeline in I Am Legend

The timeline below shows where the character Virginia Neville appears in I Am Legend. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...life. In bed, Neville tries to avoid thinking about women, especially about a woman named Virginia. (full context)
Chapter 4
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...and heads for the freeway. Neville drives out to a cemetery. There, he thinks about Virginia, buried in the cemetery. He wishes that he’d placed Kathy in the cemetery “with her... (full context)
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At the cemetery, Neville goes to Virginia’s crypt. Inside, he’s shocked to see a vampire (not Virginia) curled up, asleep. Furious, he... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...are, he turns and runs back into his house again. Inside, he weeps and whispers, “Virginia, Virginia.” (full context)
Chapter 6
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...of vampires. He closes his eyes and thinks back on a morning he spent with Virginia, several years ago. On this morning, Neville and Virginia awoke early, after a night of... (full context)
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Virginia told Neville that she was feeling strange, but couldn’t put into words what was wrong... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...time—perhaps she was one of the vampires who originally started the plague. He wonders if Virginia, buried in her crypt, looks like a pile of salt and pepper, too. (full context)
Chapter 9
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Neville remembers a morning several years ago—the morning when Virginia’s heart stopped. On this morning, Neville sits beside Virginia in bed, weak and disoriented. For... (full context)
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On the morning Virginia’s heart stops, Neville thinks about the recent death of his daughter, Kathy. After Kathy’s death,... (full context)
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Neville sews Virginia into a blanket and carries her body to Cortman’s car. As he’s about to leave,... (full context)
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Two days after burying Virginia, Neville lies in bed, drunk and unkempt. He hears a knock at the door, opens... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Neville remembers a year ago, just a few days after he put Virginia to “her second and final rest.” During the day, he wanders through the streets, and... (full context)