V for Vendetta

V for Vendetta

Valerie’s Letter Symbol Analysis

Valerie’s Letter Symbol Icon

When Evey Hammond is confined to a prison cell and tortured every day, her only comfort is the letter she finds in her cell. This letter was written by a woman named Valerie—a lesbian actress who was arrested by the Norsefire government, sent to the Larkhill concentration camp, and killed. Valerie encourages all those who read her letter to maintain their integrity. As she puts it, integrity isn’t more than “an inch,” but as long as humans protect this inch, they are free. Inspired by Valerie’s words, Evey refuses to give in to her torturers. Valerie’s letter symbolizes the power of words themselves—a power so great that the Norsefire government censors literature extensively.

Valerie’s Letter Quotes in V for Vendetta

The V for Vendetta quotes below all refer to the symbol of Valerie’s Letter. 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 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.

Related Characters: Valerie (speaker)
Related Symbols: Valerie’s Letter
Page Number: 156
Explanation and Analysis:

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Book 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

“Sign that statement. You could be out inside three years. Perhaps they’d find you a job with the Finger. A lot of your sort get work with the Finger.”
“Thank you… but I’d rather die behind the chemical sheds.”
“Then there’s nothing left to threaten with, is there? You are free.”

Related Characters: V (speaker), Evey Hammond (speaker)
Related Symbols: Valerie’s Letter
Page Number: 162
Explanation and Analysis:

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Valerie’s Letter Symbol Timeline in V for Vendetta

The timeline below shows where the symbol Valerie’s Letter appears in V for Vendetta. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 11: Valerie
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Bigotry Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Evey reads Valerie’s letter. Valerie begins by explaining that she was born in Nottingham in 1957. Growing up, she... (full context)
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Bigotry Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Evey continues reading Valerie’s letter. In London, Valerie became an acclaimed actress, starring in The Salt Flats. There, Valerie befriended... (full context)
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
Bigotry Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
...inch of her, “except one.” Evey weeps as she reads these words, and kisses Valerie’s letter. (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12: The Verdict
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Back in her cell, Evey reads Valerie’s letter one more time. The guard comes to take her to her death. The guard suggests... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 14: Vignettes
Freedom and Anarchy Theme Icon
The Power of Symbols Theme Icon
Vendettas, Revenge, and the Personal Theme Icon
Fatherhood, Mentorship, and the State Theme Icon
...V tells Evey that he didn’t do anything—she set herself free. Evey shows V Valerie’s letter, and notes that he put an extraordinary amount of work into making it convincing. V... (full context)