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In V for Vendetta, when V captures Evey and imprisons her in the makeshift prison that he created, he shaves her head and Evey is proven to have no fear. When V releases her, he asks for her to return before November 5th.

Evey does return to V on November 5th and explains to him that she has been living undetected:

But then, one day, I was at a market... ...and a friend, someone I had worked with at the BTN, got in line behind me. I was so nervous that when the cashier asked me for my money, I dropped it. My friend picked it up... ...and handed it to me. She looked at me right in the eyes... ...didn't recognize me. Whatever you did to me worked better than I'd have imagined.

What was Evey referring to when she said "Whatever you did to me worked better than I'd ever imagined"? Was this referring to her not having fear anymore? Was she also referring to her physical appearance due to her head being shaved?

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During the time Evey was

imprisoned and questioned by a masked unknown policeman

V was training her (in fact torturing her, but it was a necessary sacrifice) so that at the end

she chose death instead of revealing where V's hideout was to get her life saved.

So she was not afraid anymore of anything, not even death, just like him: do you remember the scene in which Evey comes out of the hideout? It is raining and she opens her arm and cries, just like V did when he escaped his prison.

So, to put it simply, she had changed deeply inside to the point former collegues and friend cannot recognize her.

One could say she has grown up.


In the graphic novel it is more complicated: V is actually training her to become the new V: his job is to destroy, Evey's is to build a new society based on anarchy (the good anarchy, not chaos, he was chaos).

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