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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


by Stieg Larsson

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 10 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Thursday, January 9 – Friday, January 31

  • Blomkvist has dinner at Martin Vanger's. Martin's dentist and longtime lover, Eva, who lives out of town, joins them. Blomkvist enjoys himself.
  • One afternoon, Cecilia Vanger comes over. She tells Blomkvist that she wishes she never heard of the mystery of Harriet Vanger. Her uncle, Henrik, has been obsessed with it forever.
  • She wants to see if Blomkvist is obsessed, too. All in all, Cecilia is nice to Blomkvist.
  • One morning, Henrik meets Harriet's mother, Isabella. She pokes him with her cane and tells him not to mess around in her business.
  • One day, Blomkvist goes to visit Detective Morell. Detective Morell thinks Harriet was killed.
  • He thinks she had information about somebody, and that somebody then killed her to quiet her.
  • The Detective thinks that, "every police officer has his unsolved mystery" (10.98).
  • When he was young, he heard police talk about the unsolved murder of girl called Rebecka. She was raped and tortured. Harriet is to him what Rebecka was to them.
  • Blomkvist is scheduled to serve his prison term on March 17th. He thinks about this and pets the cat, Tjorven, who lives around the Vanger property.
  • He'll work on the case while in jail. He talks to Henrik every day about it.
  • Finally, Berger is un-angry enough at Blomkvist to call him.
  • She drives to Hedeby to stay with him. They have dinner together in the guesthouse.
  • That same Friday afternoon, Salander is having her third session with Nils Bjurman.
  • This time, he asks her inappropriate comments about sex and her sex life. She's sarcastic with him at the end, but mostly maintains her cool.
  • Palmgren would never treat her like this. Bjurman will soon be "a Major Problem" (10.147).

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