The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
"Armansky's star researcher was a
pale, anorexic young woman who had
hair as short as a fuse, a pierced
nose and eyebrows. She had a wasp
tattoo about an inch long on her
neck, a tattooed loop around the
biceps of her left arm and another
around her left ankle. " pg 33
I love how she is so different from society's norm,
yet possesses such an amazing gift. Rooney Mara
is my vision of Lisbeth Salander.
"Salander was dressed for the day in a
black T-shirt with a picture on it of E.T. with
fangs, and the words, I am also an
alien.She had put on makeup in a colour
scheme that indicated she might be
colourblind. In other words, she was
exceptionally decked out," pg 40
I love how strange and unique her
outfits are. Self expression is beautiful
to me.
"The she put on black jeans, heavy winter
boots, a warm polo shirt, a dark pea jacket and
matching knitted gloves, cap and scarf. She
took the rings out of her eyebrows and nostril,
put on pale pink lipstick, and examined herself in
the bathroom mirror." pg 85
I love everything that Lisbeth
wears. I find her so cool and
interesting, I wish she was real.
"The inside was furnished with planks and consisted of
one room with big windows facing the water on either
side of the front door. A staircase led to an open
sleeping loft at the rear of the cabin that covered half
the space," pg 231
The writing in this novel makes
the scenes so vivid, I can imagine
them perfectly. the cabin sounds
"Millennium's offices were arranged in an L
shape. the entry was a hall that took up a lot of
space without being able to put much use.
There were two sofas there, so it was a way of
being a reception area. " pg 267
Great description, sounds a little
cramped though.
"On the porch lay the half-charred corpse of a
cat. the cat's legs and head had been cut off,
then the body had been flayed and the guts and
stomach removed, flung next to the corpse,
which seemed to have been roasted over a fire,"
pg 315
I wish I couldn't picture that.
Reminds me of a section of Kit's Law.
"Pirate was skivvered to the floor with a pig knife,
his blood in a thick pool around him and his eyes
and mouth shocked open," pg 184
"Almost three feet of the very bottom
shelf was taken up with photography
albums," pg 340
Those pictures would be so cool to think about and
to look at. So many memories held onto every
single one.
"On the left were chains, metal
eyelets in the ceiling and floor, a
table with leather straps where he
could restrain his victims." pg 347
Probably one of the scariest things to
ever see in your life, if you made it out
"Salander took three swift strides forward and
swung a golf club she had hidden at her side.
The iron flew in a wise arc and hit Martin on the
collarbone near his shoulder," pg 360
Lisbeth is my hero, even when
she is a psycho fighter.
"he was always...rough and violent towards me
when we were alone, but this time he crossed the
line. He urinated on me. Then he started telling
me what he was going to do to me" pg 391
I really wish I didn't read that.
Sounds like what Shine did to Kit and Sid
"..he reached inside his pants, and pulled out his dick, as big and
ugly a thing as ever I'd seen, with purple veins snaking aorund its
sides, and the smell of rotting dogberries dripping from it's head."
pg 186
"After an hour she came out wearing black boots,
a sand colored shirt and matching blouse, black
tights, a waist length jacket and a beret," pg 442
I bet she looks absolutely breathtaking.
Puzzle Piece
Blomkvist is going to jail because of
"aggravated libel of industrialist
Hans-Erik Wennerstrom." pg 15
"The Agency for Industrial Assistance was a project that was
backed up by the state and administered by representatives
of about a dozen big Swedish firms. In theory, it was an
assistance project that built on the principle of offering help
for self help."Lindberg pg 19
"There were too many huge administrative problems
in what was left of Poland for a modern packaging
industry to function. In practice their factory was
shut out by the competition from a similar German
Project."Lindberg pg 22
"The money served as an
interest-free loan."Lindberg pg
Companies would pay back over time then Minos went under
but Wennerstrom could not be blamed. They needed to pay
back money lost so that he could then show he lost personal
"Your father is dead I know. Is your mother still
alive?"Henrik pg 67
"She died three years ago,"Blomkvist pg 67
Mikael's parents are both dead. Perhaps that is why
he has trouble in relationships. Without some
direction and example some people get a little lost in
"Now we come to the real reason I want
to hire you. I want you to find out who in
the family murdered Harriet, and who has
spent almost forty years trying to drive
me insane."Henrik pg 75
Since the oil truck accident
happened there was no way that
Harriet could escape the island
without anybody noticing. So then
where did she go? pg 78
"It was no secret that she and I had a special
relationship and that I thought of her as my own
daughter." -Henrik pg 93
That's why he feels so tortured by Harriet's
disappearance. Somebody keeps sending him
flowers that she would have.
"...she was deemed to be emotionally disturbed and dangerously violent towards her
classmates and possibly towards herself." "In short, Lisbeth Salander was anything
but easy to handle." pg 127
Henrik's brother Harald hates him because he
"married a filthy Jewish whore." He is also is
noted as "insane". pg 147
Mikael notices that Harriet is looking at
somebody and she is frightened. This might be
the person that took her and killed her. pg 236
"Blomkvist supposed that the reason she had dared to
start an affair with him was precisely that he was only
there for a while. She did not have to be afraid he would
change her life in any long term way"about Cecilia
Vanger" pg 245
"You've been in my computer, Froken Salander. You're a
fucking hacker." -Mikael pg 259
That is how Lisbeth gets all of her
information, she is a professional
The numbers that he had mistaken for belonging to a
telephone turned out to actually be numbers to verses
from the bible. pg 254
Apparently it means "Read the bible-it will provide
sufficient knowledge and vouches for the true
faith"pg 321
Lisbeth has a photographic memory, allowing her
to read things very quickly and remember them pg
It was not Cecilia in the window, it was Anita.
Martin was the man in the picture that Harriet was
looking at. pg 341
This is no historical mystery,
Martin is still killing people today.
pg 353
Gottfried Vanger was the first
murderer,and now Martin is taking his
place. pg 354
Harriet is still alive, that is where
the flowers came from. pg 385
Harriet killed Gottfried after he continually raped
and abused her. She kept him under and waited til
he drowned. pg 391
Salander uses special technology to tap into
Wennerstroms hard drive, allowing her to see
everything he does. pg 414
My first career choice was a journalist. It was
because of my talent in writing and the
suggestions from my teachers. However, when I
looked more into it, I found that it was very
challenging to get it, and didn't receive as much
money as it should. pg 12
The sailing and the mention of the word " wharf"
reminds me of the book Kit's Law which I had
just read because they lived near the gully and
had to sail to Godfather's Cove after Sid's
escape. pg 18
The term "friendly banter" reminds me of the
time I went to the Scotland. They had different
words with similar meanings to ours, and one
that I remember clearly was "banter", which
means talk. pg 19
Immediately makes me think of Scarface and Al
"He looked a little like the stereotypical
local boss in an American gangster
movie," pg 28
"the Arab" makes me think of the antagonist in the movie
Unthinkable with Samuel L Jackson. In the movie he is a full
blown American citizen that converts into a Muslim and
terrorizes America.
"he was often referred to as the
'Arab', although he did not have a
drop of Arab blood." pg 28
Kit named her cat Pirate int he book, which
automatically made me think of Johnny Depp's
character in Pirates of the Caribbean.
Mikael made friends with a cat
mysteriously, just Like Kit did.
I have a close friend that looks sickly thin like
that. She also doesn't have an eating
disorder, it's just how she's built.
"Her extreme slenderness would have made a career in
modelling impossible, but with the right make up her
face could have put her on any billboard in the world."
pg 33
This passage reminds me of one of the Harry Potter books
because of one of the characters, Professor Snape. I remember
Harry talking about his nose always being red and turning to purple
from his rage.
"..and that red bulb of his nose
had changed into a livid purple,"
pg 32
I hated Pipi Longstocking as a child. Her show was very annoying
along with her voice. Her stockings were mismatched and that
always bothered me. pg 42
Somebody'd get a fat lip if they called me Pipi
Longstocking oin a newspaper placard." Lisbeth
pg 42
Lisbeth's mother is very much like Kit's mother, but in a
different way. They both have mental disorders that cause
them to act very differently than most normal characters,
and it is interesting to see them communicate. pg 60
My favourite artist in music right now is
from Stockholm. He goes by the stage
name Avicii and Tim Berg.
"High banks of snow presented a
picturesque contrast to Stockholm," pg
This reminded me of the second season finale of
my other favourite show Supernatural, because it
was titled All Hell Breaks Loose.
"Then all hell broke loose," pg 65
This reminds me of the Matrix because of the
advanced level of computer technology and the
security checks they always run.
"To be on the safe side, she
ran the message through her
PCP encryption
programme," pg 84
The sick obsession that Henrik has with finding
Harriet reminds me of a similar situation in
Supernatural. The mother mysteriously dies
leaving the 2 boys and the father to find the
killer and get revenge.
"Mikael, for thirty-six years I've driven myself
crazy wondering what happened to Harriet. I've
devoted more and more of my time to it" Henrik
pg 90
When Blomkvist mentions how eerily quiet it is
on a Friday night in Hedeby, it reminds me of
how similar Otterville is, it is like a ghost town
every night of the week. pg 114
This situation reminds me of a similar one in the
movie Inception. The son of a famous business
man feels bad for himself as he doesn't think his
father cares for him. He tries to make the
business flourish to win his love, but it turns out
that the father didn't want that.
"The image that was emerging revealed a family that
was socially and financially successful, but in all the
more ordinary aspects was quite clearly dysfunctional"
pg 141
Isabella Vanger's description reminds me of
Morticia Adams from the famous Adam's
family. She seems dark, disturbed, and a
person of interest.
"She was thin, dressed in black Persian
lamb coat with matching cap, and she was
leaning on a black cane...She looked like an
aging vampire-still strikingly beautiful but as
venomous as a snake" pg 153
I've totally felt like this before on many
occasions.If I could, I would have racked up a
major body count by now, I hate being that angry
and upset over something.
"Salander's laptop fell victim to
an accident that was so uncalled
for that she felt an urgent desire
to kill someone." pg 172
I remember when I beat up a kid in grade six for bullying
me. After the fact he never bothered me again. It was
rather successful I think.
"In those days she did not
know what 'harassment' meant,
but when she came to school
the next day, the boy had
threatened revenge. So she had
decked him with a right jab
forfeited with a golf ball-which
led to bloodshed and a new
entry in her casebook." pg 182
In Tekken 6, Emilie my favourite character, uses a powerful
fight move called femme fatale. It takes a lot of damage out of
the other player so I tend to use it often.
"I drive all the way up here to welcome you back
to freedom and find you in bed with the town
femme fatale." Berger pg 227
There are many people that use cheap cameras
to capture important memories, I just don't
understand why they don;t purchase a decent
camera. It reminds me of all the tourists when I
went to Florida. pg 245
Her principles remind me of Kit's laws, and all of the things
that Sid said to Kit's mom to make her feel better about
killing Shine.
"In that case, it might amuse you to know that I also
have principles comparable to your ethics committee's. I
call them Salander's Principle's. One of them is that a
bastard is always a bastard, and if I can hurt a bastard
by digging up shit about him, then he deserves it." -
Lisbeth pg 273
I constantly feel like this. It was like
reading my own thoughts that apply
to someone else. A strange
"She was convinced that her
skinny body was repulsive. Her
breasts were pathetic. She had
no hips to speak of. She did
not have much to offer." pg 314
My dad always says things like "stay cool"
or "be cool". It sounds funny hearing that
from an older man I think.
"Stay cool, Christer."Mikael pg 421
"The AIA and Skanska Construction and the like.
Not speculation firms, in other words." Lindberg
pg 20
I know an electronica song called Skanska. I always
thought it was the compound word of "skank" and
I feel almost swamped with all of the business
and finance discussion. trying to absorb and
comprehend all that is thrown at me so fast is
becoming a challenge! But I'll do my best to
keep up! (pg 22)
So, if I am getting all of this straight,
Wennerstrom pulled out a loan so he
could start and eventually shut down a
small company to earn him more
profit and justify his financial state.
Sounds like a snake in the grass to
"Don't say business man.
Call them what you like but
calling them businessmen
is an insult to a serious
profession." -Mikael pg 27
I like this quote, I agree with what he is
saying exactly.
Providing security was a lucrative business." pg
Isn't that ironic considering the
situation at hand?
"Sometimes she wore black lipstick, and in
spite of the tattoos and the pierced nose and
eyebrows she was...well...attractive. It was
inexplicable." pg 33
Lisbeth Salander is a badass and one of my
idols. She is strong and doesn't care about her
appearance as much as everyone else does. A
great message.
"He had never lied about his feelings for her to his wife,
Monica, but she had thought it would end when they
married and their daughter was born." pg 52
I never understood how people could have affairs.
Marriage is basically game over, you're stuck with your
spouse forever now, you made that choice by marrying
"They are for the most part thieves, misers,
bullies, and incompetents. I ran the company
for thirty-five years-almost all the time in the
midst of relentless bickering. they were my
worst enemies, far worse than competing
companies or the government."Henrik pg 70
I think that is very interesting. Not many people
would admit their hate towards their family like
Henrik did, I think this will make more sense further
in the story.
"I can give you Hans-Erik
Wennerstrom. I can prove that he's a
swindler." -Henrik pg 97
It will be interesting to see Blomkvist's
response now that Henrik has offered to share
the secrets that he has against his worst
"The cat sniffed around the guest house for a
while. Mikael poured some milk into a dish, and
his guest lapped it up. Then the cat hopped on
to the kitchen bench and curled up, and there
she stayed." pg 117
It is nice to see that Blomkvist is making friends
with the local wildlife. Now he has somebody to
take care of and look forward to coming home
to. i hope nothing happens to him.
"That had not been an easy journey. She ran
away from the first foster family after only two
weeks. the second and third foster families fell by
the wayside in quick succession." pg 128
It is hard to care to help yourself when the
people around you don't. They only see it as a
job, not a passion.
I can't believe how big the Vanger family is. There
are so many intricate relationships and distant
relatives. It is amazing how much they hate each
other, yet they are all in the business together.
Perhaps that is the reason why they hate
Lisbeth Salander is a brilliant character in my
opinion. I love her isolated attitude towards people,
and how she filters the glances that she gets
because of her appearance. Her way of dealing with
people is such an enjoyment to read, because she is
such a smart woman. pg 173
"Salander spent several days combing the
internet. There were plenty to choose from." pg
I find it amazing to know that the simplest plant can be transformed
into the deadliest poison. Also, how you can find so many detailed
tutorials to do just about anything on the internet. Crazy world we
live in.
I'm quite glad that Salander found out what
Bjurman is. Most people never understand how
another person works. pg 202
Sadistic rapists tend to be sexually aroused by fantasies and
urges of forcing themselves sexually on their victims. The sexual
sadist is aroused by the use of gratuitous violence whereas the
preferential rapist is thought not to use greater force than is
necessary for victim compliance (Abel, 1989), though the
offender's estimate may be highly inaccurate. Preferential
rape-proneness may involve coercing the victim into fellating the
perpetrator or to submit to anal intercourse, behaviours that are
typical of sexual sadism (Dietz et al., 1990). Preferential rapists
and sexual sadists often target strangers (Dietz et al., 1990).
"The message was written in caps over five lines that
covered his belly, from his nipples to just above his
A RAPIST." pg 209
I'm so happy that she put him in some sort of
place to show him that she doesn't take his shit.
Justice has been rightfully served in mu opinion,
though she should have just cut his dick off. Go
"I would like for us to remain friends. but I can't
deal with a relationship with you. I haven't ever
been good at relationships. I'd like it if you would
leave me in peace for a while." Cecilia pg 234
I can't believe Cecilia is acting like this, at this point in
time! She had ample amount to realize that she wasn't
fit for it, yet she never refused to have sex with Mikael.
Women are crazy.
"The man she fell in love with was called Peter
Samuelsson. A bright boy. Today he works for
ABB. the kind of man I would have been proud to
have as my son-in-law if she were my daughter.
Harald measured his skull or checked his family
tree or something and discovered that he was on
quarter Jewish." -Henrik pg 248
That is absolutely ridiculous! How dare he
accuse Cecilia of being a whore just because
of that! The man was only a quarter Jewish for
God's sake....people are insane.
"She had never brooded over whether she was
straight, gay, or bisexual. She did not give a
damn about labels, did not see that it was
anyone else's business whom she spent her
nights with." pg 260
Love this quote! It is so true. Why does
everybody need to be labelled? Is it a
pre-emptive thing to filter out people you don't
want to be associated with? We aren't soup
"Nothing of importance was
happening in the world." pg
There seems to always be some sort of disaster
happening in the world. Its the government and
media that hide it from the general public.
"I've found three other women who were murdered under such
similarly strange circumstances and they could have been on
Harriet's list."Mikael pg 299
People are f****** sick. I don't understand (nor do I
want to), what can go wrong in the mind to make you
do such insane things to other people.
"Salander was an information junkie with
a delinquent child's take on morals and
ethics." pg 304
But that is what makes her so cool and
Run Mikael! Don't go into his house, that's his
territory you'll be trapped! Lisbeth save him! pg 346
"I've never had a boy in here. I've never touched another
man, as a matter of fact...except for my father. That was my
duty."Martin pg 360
Going by this I'm guessing that
Gottfried molested Martin and made to
think that it was normal, his duty.
Gosh I hate people in this world.
I wish I could be as cool and
collected as Lisbeth is in such
intense situations. It is like she
has no emotions but she knows
the truth about it all. pg 370
"So you're assuming that Martin had no will of his
own and that people become whatever they've
been brought up to be." -Salander pg 373
Salander is unintentionally revealing hidden
secrets about herself. I'm starting to feel
very bad for what might have happened,but
I'm still very curious.
"No you can't ignore our age difference, It's
no sort of basis for a lasting relationship."
-Mikael pg 401
I hate it when people say things like "age is just a number" and
that it has no impact on a relationship. It totally does, and that's
why people get weirded out about it. There is a fine line between
an older man and an old man.
"Henrik is an old shark. He was
selling product and told me what I
wanted to hear." -Mikael pg 408
How could Henrik do that to Mikael after all the SHIT he put him
through? His life was in danger! This is appalling.
Though we all know it is a wrong thing to do, i feel
everybody goes on their first impression of a
person, rather than taking the time to get to know
them. Poor Lisbeth. pg 435
"She wanted to hear him say that he liked her for who she was.
that she was someone special in his world and in his life. She
wanted him to give her some gesture of love, not just friendship and
companionship. I'm flipping out she thought." pg 464
I can relate to this almost exactly. it is
both blissful and terrifying. Love is a
"The pain was so immediate and so fierce that Lisbeth stopped in mid stride,
incapable of movement. Part of her wanted to run after them. She wanted to
take the metal sign and use the sharp edge to cleave Berger's head in two.
She did nothing as thoughts swirled through her mind. Analyze the
consequences." pg 465
No words can explain how sad I
am right now. Oh Lisbeth, you
poor woman.
"He joined the Swedish National Socialist
Freedom League, one of the first Nazi groups
in Sweden"Henrik pg 72
I want to know more about the Swedish National
Socialist Freedom League and Swedish
A Berlin newspaper reported in the autumn that German Nazis look to Sweden for
guidance. Swedish Nazis have established a leading role in White Power music,
releasing 342 CDs last year. They also have a computerised intelligence network
covering all their 'enemies', including address lists, details of relatives, car registration
numbers, etc. In June, journalist Peter Karlsson and his eleven-year-old son escaped
near death from a car bomb. They were saved by the fact that they had not closed the
car doors. The journalist was living undercover with a new identity after exposing Nazis
in the army. He had also written articles on the White Power music industry which
resulted in CD producers in Italy, Taiwan and the US ending their contracts with the
Swedish Nazis. The Nazi parties and networks are dangerous but relatively small -
at most a couple of hundred organised members. They have attracted a couple of
thousand people around them, consisting mainly of young White Power music
followers. The fascist groups are constantly experiencing splits and crises. They are
unable to establish a firm base because of the lack of support for their ideas and, just
as importantly, the active resistance of anti-fascists, in which Rättvisepartiet
Socialisterna (RS Socialist Justice Party, the Swedish section of the Committee for a
Workers' International) has played a key role.
I Wonder..
What does 50,000 kronor
convert into? (pg 13)
50,000.00 SEK = 7,300.41 CAD
Swedish Krona Canadian Dollar
1 SEK = 0.146008 CAD 1 CAD = 6.84893 SEK
Why is Blomkvist going to jail? (pg 13)
He is being charged with libel after
his story about Hans Erik
"He had rashly hired a Scampi for
a few days of romantic sailing in
the Stockholm archipelago." (pg
What is a Scampi?
Scampi, a culinary name for the Norway lobster
(Nephrops norvegicus) and similar species, as well as for
some dishes made using it or various kinds of prawn or
What is the AIA programme? (pg 19)
It is called the Agency for
Industrial Asistance.
"I have no idea who he knew
at the AIA,but he walked out
with sixty million kronor"
Lindberg pg 21
What did Wennerstrom do with that money?
He put it in an overseas bank
account to start his own
"He might just as well fallen in love
with a painting of a nymph or Greek
amphora." pg 36
What is a Greek amphora? Examples?
Besides coarse amphora used for storage and
transport, high-quality painted amphorae were
produced in Ancient Greece in significant numbers
for a variety of social and ceremonial purposes.
Their design differs significantly from the more
functional versions; they are typified by wide
mouth and a ring base, with a glazed surface and
decorated with figures or geometric shapes.
"Everyone has secrets, its just a matter
of finding out what they are." -Lisbeth pg
I wonder what your secrets are Lisbeth...What are
you hiding from the world?
How does Lisbeth gather of all
this personal information on
people? pg 44
Lisbeth is a highly skilled computer hacker.
She can access anything that is on anyone's
computer with a click of a mouse.
What does Henrik Vanger want
Mikael for? pg 62
Henirk wants Mikael to figure out an unsolved
mystery of his granddaughter over a number of
years, he also wants him to write a biography of
the Vanger family for an alibi.
Why is Kit protecting Margaret
by lying to Nan? (pg 35)
She thinks that her Nan will cause a big
fuss over it and therefore lies to keep the
Is Henirk telling the truth about babysitting
Mikael? his story seems strange. pg 66
Yes, it was Harriet that looked
over Mikael when he was a
very young boy, Henrik has
photographic evidence.
What mystery does Henrik want Mikael
to solve? Does it involve the Vanger
family? pg 71
He wants Mikael to find out what ever happened to Harriet Vanger, because
nobody on the island knows.
I wonder who killed Harriet
Vanger? Was it a family
member? pg 76
Harriet turns out to be alive at the end, Henrik is
reunited with her,but she holds dark secrets
about members of the family.
Who is on the other side of the email address? Is he a friend
or foe? pg 86
It is a man nicknamed Plague, he is also a hacker
and often teams up with Lisbeth to test out his
What does the electric cuff do? How does it
work? What will they use it for? pg 92
The electric cuff allows simple access to a computer
using another server. It copies all of the information and
makes it look like the computer is acting slower than
I wonder what the effects of rheumatism are and
how you get it? pg 110
Rheumatism is a medical term once frequently used to describe disorders
associated with many different parts of the body. Most often, people associate
rheumatism with arthritis, or with rheumatic fever, a complication of strep throat that
can result in damage to the heart. However, the term rheumatism might apply to the
symptoms of numerous conditions that can cause pain and/or weakness.
Who is Advokat Bjurman? What it is about
him that makes Salander feel threatened?
pg 126
He is Salander's new official guardian, but he turns
out to be a sadist rapist that seriously injures
Lisbeth sexually.
I wonder if Mikael and Lisbeth will
ever meet up? pg 139
Eventually they do, and the become
excellent research partners and
I wonder what it would be like to live when Hitler
reigned,knowing everything about him that you do now.What
could you do? What could you say? pg 143
"But Martin showed no sign of wanting to discuss the
subject." pg 150
I think that Martin has something to do with this
situation, I wonder if I am right?
I was right all along! I could be a detective!
Maybe those numbers aren't
telephone numbers? pg 171
They aren't, they turn out to be
passages from the Bible.
Who do those names belong to? pg 172
The names are those of Martin
and Gottfried Vanger's first
Why would Lisbeth let him do that to
her? Why didn't she fight back? pg
She knows that her word does
not have the same weight as
Bjurman's, and she always
analyzes the consequences of a
situation before she acts.
What does she mean by All the Evil? pg 183
It is the name of a group of friends that Lisbeth
used to hang with. They all had the same morals
and values, and dressed against the norm of
"Her only chance of fighting back was if she could hurt
him by scratching his eyes or using some sort of weapon.
But her planned scenario had already gone to hell." pg
Will Lisbeth escape? Why
is he doing this to her?
Bjurman is a sadist pig that seeks to gain every
sort of control over Lisbeth. He enjoys seeing a
woman in pain and does not intend to stop until
he gets his way. Unfortunately, Lisbeth gets
severely raped, and is unable to escape.
I wonder what her new
tattoo mean, and how
many she has in total?
pg 202
Lisbeth has a dragon on her
back, a wasp on her neck, a
Chinese symbol on her hip and
many bands around her ankle.
Not all of the meanings were
I wonder what Salander is going to
do to get revenge e on Bjurman?
pg 205
She buys tattooing equipment, and tattoos "I
am a sadist, rapist pig," on his chest. How
Why is Cecila acting strangely towards
Mikael? I thought they were becoming very
close. pg 222
Cecilia is afraid of falling in love with
Mikael,and doesn't enjoy their sexual
encounters anymore. She refuses to talk with
him until later on.
Was Cecilia the woman in
Harriet's window? pg 243
No,it was her twin sister, Anita.
How will Mikael find the woman with the
pictures? Will she still have them? pg
Mikael tracks down the bumper plate and finds the
woman living with her new husband. Luckily she
does still have the pictures, and the negatives for
Who broke into Mikael's cabin?
How much did they find out? pg
It was Martin, he wanted to know how
close they were in discovering his dark
"She has to read sola scriptura and understand suffcientia
scripturae. That's the only way that she can maintain sola fide.
Josef will certainly exclude them. They were never accepted into
the canon." Pastor Falk pg 320
What does this mean? Can
Mikael connect this to the
Who is shooting at Mikael? Is it
Harriet's killer? pg 326
It turns out to be Martin shooting at him, trying to
shut him up and keep him away from his
What secrets is Martin hiding? pg 346
He learned from his father the acts of murdering young "useless"
women in society. He built a secret chamber in the basement of his
house to torture and rape them in, keeping souvenirs and
mementos of his crimes.
If Martin didn't kill Harriet, then
who did? pg 359
It turns out that Harriet is not dead
after all, just in hiding all these
If Salander kills Martin, where will
she hide the body? pg 362
She doesn't kill him, he escapes and puts himself
in front of a freight truck so him and all of his
crimes die.
What is going to happen to the Vanger
Corporation now that Martin, the CEO, is dead?
pg 370
The Vanger Corporation slowly dwindles, but
Henrik puts all of his energy into stabilizing
What is Asperger's syndrome? pg 399
Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, is an autism
spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction,
alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism
spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Although
not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently
I wonder if this is what Josie has as well, the symptoms match.
How are they going to take
Wennerstrom down? pg 419
Lisbeth hacks and discovers all of his accounts codes and secretly
disposes all of them, making him look like a fraud and seizing his
escape money. She then gives Mikael all the information about
Wennerstrom's past for him to write a giant story explaining his secret
What significance does
Walpurgis Night have?
April 30 is Salander's birthday. Like Halloween, Walpurgis has its roots in ancient
pagan customs, superstitions and festivals. At this time of year, the Vikings
participated in a ritual that they hoped would hasten the arrival of Spring weather
and ensure fertility for their crops and livestock. They would light huge bonfires in
hopes of scaring away evil spirits.
Why doesn't Lisbeth want her share of the money
that they earned form Henrik? It is not like she
doesn't need and, and she worked very hard for it.
pg 441
I wonder how these biblical verses connect to
Harriet's disappearance? Why did she record
them? What is Leviticus? pg 252
Character Development
Lisbeth Salander
"Her attitude encouraged neither trust nor
friendship, and she quickly became an outsider
wandering the corridors of Milton like a stray
cat. She was generally considered a hopeless
case." pg 34
"On the other hand,there was no
question of Advokat Bjurman
going unpunished. Salander
never forgot an injustice, and by
nature she was anything but
forgiving." pg 182
Salander refuses to take any crap from her new
appointed guardian. She clearly retaliates and
hopefully he will never bother her again. pg 203
"It did no good to cry, she had learned that early on. She had also learned
that every time she tried to make someone aware of something in her life,
the situation just got worse. Consequently it was up to her to solve her
problems by herself, using whatever methods she deemed necessary." pg
This reminds me of what Kit was like after
Nan died, and she was responsible for
"You know Kittens, there's more to growing up
than crossing off years. Have you ever had fun,
Kit? A best friend?" Doctor Hodgins pg 165
Salander is attempting to open herself up to
Mikael, but she is afraid of judgement. what
happened to her to make her feel this way I
wonder.. pg 335
Salander's mother dies, she feels remorseful but
stays expressionless. As if she is always in
control of herself. pg 393
"He seemed happy, and she too
felt strangely content with life." pg
Due to Mikael's kindness and unique honest personality,
Salander is able to enjoy his company and not dwell on
anything for the first time in her life. It is like peace of mind.
This is like how Kit felt when she was with Sid.
"Strangely enough, I was feeling the same calm inside. It was as if I had
stepped into somebody else's shoes and were allowing them to walk my path
with no inkling of touching, tasting or feeling. With Sid's leaving I could no
longer imagine a world where such things as love, desire or joy could exist."
Kit pg 294
"Her problem was that she could not interpret her own feelings for him. Not since before reaching
puberty had she lowered her guard to let another person get so close as she had with him. To be
quite honest, he had a trying ability to penetrate her defenses and to get her to talk about personal
matters and private feelings. Even though she had enough sense to ignore most of his questions, she
talked about herself in a way that she would never, even under the threat of death, have imagined
doing with any other person. It frightened her and made her feel naked and vulnerable to his will." pg
I found this a very important development for
Lisbeth. She has never felt this way before, and
she is for once, unsure of what to do.
"What she had realized was that love was that
moment when your heart was about to burst." pg
"The pain was so immediate and so fierce that Lisbeth stopped in mid stride,
incapable of movement. part of her wanted to rush after them. She wanted to take
the metal sign and use the sharp edge to cleave Berger's head in two. She did
nothing as thoughts swirled through her mind. Analysis of consequences. Finally
she calmed down." pg 465
Lisbeth refuses to let her unbearable feelings to get in
the way of Mikael's life, so she sits in her sorrow trying
to build herself back to normal. How sad for her to
Mikael Blomkvist
This is the first criminal charge against Blomkvist so he is taking it
rather hard. Especially since it involves his magazine company,
and his reputation of a successful journalist. pg 16
"No, I don't believe in God, but I respect the fact
that you do. Everyone has something to believe in"
pg 251
Blomkvist was burnt out and ran away from his work after
he got in legal trouble with Wennerstrom. But he is
getting on his feet now and making a huge comeback. pg
Mikael is compassionate with Cecilia, and cares
for her, but he has his priorities straight when it
comes to his work. pg 278
Even after he has been tortured to an inch of his
life he still is able to keep his cool and make
jokes about the whole thing. pg 348
"I was helpless. For several hours I was
convinced that I was going to die. i felt the fear of
death and there wasn't a thing I could do" pg 371
Erika Berger
Even though Berger is independent, confident,
and can be rather aggressive, she still silently
thank Salander for saving Mikael. There is no
longer harsh judgement towards Salander. pg
Martin Vanger
"You are an ordinary little person Mikael. You
would not be able to understand the godlike
feeling of having absolute control over someone's
life and death." Martin pg 354
After learning from his father, Martin becomes
a secret serial killer who thrills the hunt and
power more than the death of the women. pg
Harriet Vanger
"No more lies. I accept that it's all over. in some
sense, I've been waiting for this day since 1966.
For years I was terrified that someone might
come up to me and say my name. But you know
what? All of a sudden I don't care anymore. My
crime falls outside the statute of limitations. And I
don't give a shit what people think about me." -
Harriet pg 389
Henrik Vanger
Henrik Vanger may be passionate about his
business and be cold toward his famil,but this
mystery of Harriet has really hit a soft spot due to
his guilt, and he has since devoted his life to
finding her. pg 90
Cecilia Vanger
"The day you left for prison I was absolutely
miserable. You were gone, as though you had
never existed. It was dark here int he guest
house. it was cold and empty in my bed. And
there I was, an old maid of fifty six again." pg 225
Dragan Armansky
"Her absence had felt like torture-almost a form of
punishment. he had nobody to discuss his
feelings with, and for the first time he realized
with appalling clarity what a destructive hold she
had over him." pg 37
Armansky feels a deep connection with
Lisbeth, but she does not reciprocate the
Armansky is jealous of Blomkvist as he so easily
gains Lisbeth's trust, as he has been trying to get
close to her ever since they met. pg 267
Isabella Vanger
"Isabella, would you believe, came rushing into
Henrik's room. She'd obviously seen that you'd
come back and was completely beside herself.
She screamed at him there had to be an end to
this outrageous fuss about her Harriet, adding
that you were the one who drove her son to death
with your snooping," Frode pg 397
Isabella changes almost entirely when she finds
out that her son is dead and her daughter that she
thought was dead is alive.