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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo


by Stieg Larsson

Family Quotes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph). We used Reg Keeland/a.k.a. Steven T. Murray's English language translation.

Quote #10

[Harald:] "I said your whore isn't home."


[Blomkvist:] "You're talking about your own daughter, you fucking pig." (16.6-8)

Harald Vanger and Blomkvist have an unpleasant conversation about Cecilia. Just a taste of what Cecilia's family life must have been like when she was a kid.

Quote #11

[Harriet:] "I was strong enough to shove an old drunk into the water. I used an oar to hold him under until he wasn't struggling any more. It didn't take long." (26.115)

Sometimes water is thicker than blood in a family. How do you feel about Harriet killing her father? Was it self-defense? Did he deserve it? What would have happened if she'd told someone, like Henrik, at the time?

Quote #12

He was not a good father. (Epilogue.61)

Next to some of the Vanger dads, Blomkvist is dad of the year. But, we can see his point. He hardly sees his daughter, Pernilla. She's almost eighteen. How does Blomkvist's relationship with his daughter influence your opinion of him?

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