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Valerie Page

Valerie Page
Publication information
Publisher Vertigo Comics
Created by Alan Moore
David Lloyd
In-story information
Alter ego Valerie Page
Notable aliases The Woman from Room Four

Valerie Page is a fictional character from the comic book series (later republished as a trade paperback) V for Vendetta. She also features in the film adaptation.

In the comic book series

Valerie appears in a series of flashbacks when protagonist Evey Hammond finds a letter the former wrote, detailing her life story.

In the letter, Valerie says she is from Nottingham. While at a single-sex grammar school, she meets her first girlfriend, Sara. The couple is told by their teacher that lesbianism is "an adolescent phase that people outgrow". Valerie does not, however, and while dating a girl named Christina comes out to her parents, who disown her. A week later she moves to London to study drama.

As a young woman, Valerie stars in her first film, The Salt Flats. While filming, she meets a woman named Ruth, and the two become lovers. However, over the three years of their relationship, the situation between the United States and the Soviet Union spirals out of control and—after the resulting war—chaos erupts in Britain, eventually creating a nationwide power vacuum that the fascist Norsefire party exploits to seize power. Once in control, the new government criminalizes homosexuality and sends homosexuals to "resettlement camps".

Ruth is apprehended by Norsefire's secret police, the Finger, while buying food. Shortly afterwards, Valerie is arrested and sent to the Larkhill concentration camp. Valerie writes that she learned that Ruth betrayed her to the authorities under torture and later committed suicide in her cell out of guilt. At Larkhill, Valerie is one of the number that Dr. Delia Surridge and Commander Lewis Prothero use as test subjects. As the experiments progress, Valerie writes her autobiography using a small pencil she smuggled into the camp ("inside myself, because I am a woman") and a roll of toilet paper. Just before she dies, she passes it to the occupant in the cell next to hers, Room V. The autobiography is the catalyst that psychologically transforms the occupant of Room V into the masked "V". He then destroys the camp and escapes.

V engineers an elaborate charade in which Evey is led to believe she is imprisoned in one of Norsefire's concentration camps. V then anonymously slips Valerie's letter into Evey's cell, hoping to trigger in her the same psychological transformation he had at Larkhill. It is successful: Evey is willing to die for what she believes in, and is thus ready to become V's successor.

In other media

In the 2005 film adaptation of the novel, Valerie is played by Natasha Wightman as an adult, and by Imogen Poots as a child.

External links

  • Valerie's Letter, from the book
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