The Girl Who Played With Fire
How we cite our quotes:
She saw him drenched with gasoline. She could actually feel the box of matches in her hand. (Prologue.31)
Might as well kick off this theme with Salander's thirteenth birthday fantasy of burning up her psychiatrist Peter Teleborian. We aren't advocating any kind of violence, but we can enjoy her fantasy can't we? It's hard not to when we know what he's doing to her.
He stopped fantasizing about her death and started planning for it. (2.43)
Now you're in Nils Bjurman's head. Pretty scary isn't it? He makes a habit of underestimating Salander, and she too makes a habit of underestimating him. These underestimations in some ways drive the plots of the first two novels in the saga.
He had all but asphyxiated her during the rape when he had excitedly pressed a pillow over her face. He devoutly wished he had finished the job. (2.88)
Nice, Bjurman. That really makes us want to be on your side.