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The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire


by Stieg Larsson

Criminality Quotes in The Girl Who Played With Fire

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)

Quote #1

[Blomkvist] had come to realize she was a world class hacker, and within an exclusive international community devoted to computer crime at the highest level – and not only to combating it – she was a legend. (1.24)

Salander is meant to provoke and test our ideas about crime and criminality. She makes her own laws, sometimes as she goes along, but always in line with her own morality. Blomkvist, it seems, doesn't mind this about her. He might even admire it.

Quote #2

She had not planned to get herself a teenage lover on Grenada. (1.139)

As noted in our quotes about sex, 25-year-old Salander commits a crime by having sex with 16-year-old George Bland. In Sweden this is legal; in Grenada it is not. It's not clear if Salander is aware of this fact, or if she would care if she was. Larsson surely did know, and creates the affair to provoke us and make us think about what we believe.

Quote #3

He's planning to murder her. Forty million in the pot. The storm is his camouflage. This is his chance. (3.79)

As far as we can tell, helping kill Richard Forbes in Grenada by stopping him from killing his wife Geraldine, is the first bit of active crime-fighting she's done since she's been on vacation. Kind of a prelude for things to come.

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