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The Girl Who Played With Fire

The Girl Who Played With Fire

by Stieg Larsson

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Quote #1

[George Bland] evidently thought that life had become much more interesting. He had met a woman who was teaching him about mathematics and eroticism. (1.141)

Salander and Bland seem to be in a consensual relationship. The problem is, he's 16 and she's 25, even though they do look the same age. In Sweden, where the age of consent is 15, this wouldn't be a problem, but in Grenada it's 18, so she's breaking the law.

Quote #2

In Bjurman's eyes the conclusion was straight forward. Salander was a whore at the bottom of the social scale. If she dared to protest to the Guardianship Agency, no-one was going to believe her word against his. (2.9)

By "a whore" Bjurman means both promiscuous person and prostitute. He really does think she has sex for money. In any case, he thinks the fact that nobody cares about her, in part because she's believed to be "a whore," means he can rape her with impunity

Quote #3

Dag: "It's a tremendous assault on human rights, and the girls involved are so far down society's ladder that they're of no interest to the legal system." (4.127)

According to Dag, Bjurman's logic is the logic used by the men victimizing the young women in the sex trade. This is also the logic used by serial rapist/killer Martin Vanger in Tattoo in choosing his victims.

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