Gloria is the wife of John, who secretly purchases her freedom before they wed, and the mother of their five children. She is an elegant woman who makes an effort to rid her speech of its “plantation inflections.” She tells John that she wants to move to Oklahoma, and although he doesn’t understand why he complies with her wishes after Valentine farm is destroyed.
The timeline below shows where the character Gloria Valentine appears in The Underground Railroad. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 10: Indiana
...business, such as attending abolitionist meetings. With the rest of the residents seated and quiet, Gloria Valentine steps up to the lectern to deliver a short speech. John Valentine had bought... (full context)