The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
How we cite our quotes:
[Blomkvist:] "This is the way it is – Erika is my best friend. She and I have been together off and on for twenty years […]. […] But we've never been a couple and we never get in the way of each other's romances." (15.97)
Cecilia Vanger isn't much reassured by Blomkvist's description of his relationship with Berger. Most women Blomkvist meets aren't, including Salander. Why do you think this is?
She stared straight into the eyes of Mikael Blomkvist, felt panic race through her body, and took a step back. (18.4)
We just love this first moment when Salander and Blomkvist meet. We've been waiting for it for seventeen whole chapters!
Blomkvist had known her for five minutes and she was practically giggling with him. [Armansky] felt such a loathing for Blomkvist that he surprised himself. (18.79)
Poor Armansky – he just doesn't know what to do with his feelings for Salander. He's never met anybody like her. Yet, he views her as exotic, while Blomkvist sees her as a cool chick.