V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Delia Surridge is a middle-aged doctor who worked at Larkhill Prison years before V for Vendetta begins. She is a talented doctor, who researched drugs that could alter the human mind and body, and gave them to patients at Larkhill, confident that their agony and death would be for the greater good of her research. In the years following her experiences at Larkhill, Delia comes to realize that her experiments were barbaric. Because V recognizes that Delia shows remorse for her actions, he kills her with a painless drug. Delia’s death is a turning point in the novel because it causes Eric Finch, her lover, to reconsider his place in the Norsefire government, and visit Larkhill Prison himself.

Delia Surridge Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Delia Surridge or refer to Delia Surridge. 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 Vertigo edition of V for Vendetta published in 2005.
Book 1, Chapter 10 Quotes

They were ordinary people, and they were prepared to torture a stranger to death, just because they were told to by someone in authority. Some of them said they’d even enjoyed it. I think I enjoyed what I did at the time. People are stupid and evil.

Related Characters: Delia Surridge (speaker)
Page Number: 73
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Delia Surridge Character Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the character Delia Surridge appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
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...through their bodies with his fingers. Disturbed, Finch takes V’s rose—another Violet Carson—to his assistant, Delia, and asks her to research where it could have come from. (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 3: Various Valentines
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...cut to Mr. Finch, who is walking through the country outside London. Finch thinks about Delia. Eventually, he comes to Larkhill Camp, and thinks, “This is where it ends.” (full context)
Book 3, Chapter 4: Vestiges
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Finch walks into a building of Larkhill, where he’s surprised to find Delia, cooking dinner. Finch confesses that he’s taken drugs. Delia nods and points him toward two... (full context)