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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 12 Summary

How It All Goes Down

Wednesday, February 19

  • Salander has had nothing but a bad time with the police and other authorities, so she doesn't report the assault, even though she has bruises on her neck and semen on her clothes as proof.
  • Still, Bjurman will have to be punished. In grade school, she always eventually brutalized her brutalizers. That's part of what got her institutionalized in the first place.
  • That and "All The Evil" (12.127) when she was twelve. (You have to read The Girl Who Played With Fire to find out what that is.)
  • When Palmgren was her guardian, guardianship wasn't a problem for her. Now it is.
  • That night, Blomkvist and Cecilia are talking about Harriet after making love.
  • She tells him that Harriet's parents, Isabella and Gottfried, had a volatile marriage.
  • Isabella had a temper, and Gottfried had a drinking problem.
  • Some time in the early 1960s Gottfried moved to his cabin here in Hedeby, near the lake.
  • After he drowned in the lake, drunk and with his pants unzipped, Harriet became withdrawn.
  • Martin, who found the body, was quiet for a time, too, but recovered and is a great person.
  • Cecilia's sister, Anita, couldn't cope with being part of this family. She moved to London, never returning to Hedeby. She doesn't want to risk running into her crazy Nazi dad, Harald.
  • Salander feels the urge to ask somebody to help her with Bjurman.
  • Plague isn't really a friend. Her friends from the Evil Fingers would help, but they don't know she's under guardianship and she doesn't want to tell them.
  • Dragan Armansky is nice, but she doesn't want to owe him anything.
  • So, she decides to plan a surprise for Nils Bjurman, all on her own.

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