The “Voice of Fate,” Lewis Prothero performs a crucial service for the Norsefire government. Every night, he reads the information printed by the Fate Computer, so that his voice is broadcast over every television and radio in England. Thanks to clever propaganda, the people of England don’t realize that Prothero exists: they believe that Prothero’s voice—supposedly a “magnificent” voice—is the voice of the computer itself. Beneath the magnificence of his voice, Prothero is a foolish and cruel man, who once worked as a guard at Larkhill Prison, the concentration camp where V was imprisoned, and seemed to have no qualms about murdering innocent people there. Prothero is known to have a vast, impressive collection of dolls—a fact that makes Roger Dascombe consider him highly “sensitive” (seemingly a euphemism for homosexual, though this is never explored). In the end, Prothero’s fondness for dolls signals the manner of his undoing: V burns his dolls, thereby driving him insane.
Lewis Prothero Quotes in V for Vendetta
The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Lewis Prothero or refer to Lewis Prothero. 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: 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 2 Quotes
They eradicated some cultures more thoroughly than they did others. No Tamla and no Trojan. No Billie Holliday or Black Uhuru. Just his master’s voice every hour on the hour.
Lewis Prothero Character Timeline in V for Vendetta
The timeline below shows where the character Lewis Prothero appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 1, Chapter 1: The Villain
Book 1, Chapter 2: The Voice
Book 1, Chapter 3: Victims
...The Leader acknowledges that V has been successful in attacking his government’s credibility: with Lewis Prothero kidnapped, there will have to be a new Voice of Fate. This will be disastrous,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 4: Vaudeville
...his broadcasting office. Mr. Almond knocks and tells Dascombe that the fingermen have found Lewis Prothero. Officers lead Lewis Prothero into the room: his face has been painted white, like a... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 6: The Vision
Book 1, Chapter 8: The Valley
Book 3, Chapter 4: Vestiges
...Finch confesses that he’s taken drugs. Delia nods and points him toward two men, Lewis Prothero and Anthony Lilliman. They lead Finch into the depths of the camp, promising to fill... (full context)