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The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire


by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Played With Fire Chapter 32 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Thursday, April 7

  • Though Zala and Niedermann think she's dead, Salander is still alive! She digs her way out of the grave, using the cigarette case from Mimmi.
  • Near a woodshed, Salander rests near a chopping block. She hears Zala's footsteps.
  • Blomkvist is in a rental car now, trying to find the farmhouse.
  • Salander manages to lift the axe from the chopping block and axe Zala in the face.
  • Niedermann wakes from his sleep when he hears Zala scream.
  • Zala falls into the open shed. Salander goes for his pocket and finds his gun.
  • Zala is screaming. He and Salander both look like something from a horror movie.
  • Niedermann thinks Salander must be a zombie, since he buried her corpse himself.
  • She shoots at him with Zala's gun. She misses; he runs.
  • She locks Zala in the shed.
  • She makes it to the farmhouse and drinks water. Suddenly, she feels intense pain in her head.
  • Salander has a hole in the head. She thinks she'll die. Just before she passes out, she begs for Mimmi's forgiveness.
  • Niedermann is on the road. He sees a car coming and flags it down, hoping to get a ride.
  • Blomkvist stops his car in front of Niedermann. He recognizes him.
  • Blomkvist pulls the gun he took from Salander's on Niedermann, makes Niedermann lie down, and then ties him up with his belt and makes him get in a ditch. Then Blomkvist finds Zala's farmhouse.
  • He finds Zala in the woodshed and leaves him there. He finds Salander passed out on the floor in the farmhouse. He's afraid she's dead.
  • But she opens her eyes for just a moment and says his name. He calls an ambulance.
  • (And the story is continued in The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest.)

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