The Girl Who Played With Fire
How we cite our quotes:
"Bullshit," Armansky said. "You've got an attitude problem and you treat people like dirt when they're trying to be your friends. Simple as that." (8.25)
Do you think Armansky's assessment is correct? Salander has a complicated relationship with him. He used to be her boss, and she was always afraid she would interfere in her life. But, has he ever treated her as a friend? Well, maybe he is now. True or not, what he says is what she needs to hear in order to grow in her life.
She fed him one bite at a time. Normally Palmgren hated being spoon-fed, but he understood Salander's need.[…] She was feeding him as a gesture of humility – in her case an extraordinarily rare occurrence. (8.95)
Palmgren and Salander have a pretty tender friendship. But it's taken over a decade to build. It's beautiful to watch how this friendship continues to grow in the The Girl Who Played With Fire.
Lisbeth Salander a triple murderer. [Paolo Roberto] could hardly believe it. Not that skinny little fucking freaky chick. But should he do something about it? And if so, what? (20.108)
We can just tell by his tone that real-life boxer Paolo Roberto is a friend of Salander – even though she wouldn't know it. In her book, she's totally unfriendable.