Valerie is a lesbian actress whose life story inspires both V and Evey to oppose the Norsefire government. Valerie endured mockery and homophobia as a young woman before moving to London and becoming a successful actress. After the rise of the repressive, homophobic Norsefire government, Valerie was betrayed by her lover, Ruth, and sent to Larkhill Prison. There, she refused to sacrifice her dignity to her jailers, instead writing a long letter on a piece of toilet paper. It’s suggested that both V—who occupies Valerie’s cell after she dies—and Evey—who read’s Valerie’s letter when she’s enduring her own torture and imprisonment—take Valerie’s message to heart: they both maintain their dignity and integrity, bravely refusing to inform on their friends.
Valerie Quotes in V for Vendetta
The V for Vendetta quotes below are all either spoken by Valerie or refer to Valerie. 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 2, Chapter 11 Quotes
But it was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch we are free.