Friendship 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.
[Blomkvist:] "I understand that you don't want to discuss yourself with me, but someday you're going to have to decide whether you trust me or not. I want us to be friends, but I can't do it all by myself." (26.100)
For Blomkvist, friendship means intimacy, and intimacy means (for him) shared knowledge of each other's lives. He knows Salander is holding back because she doesn't fully trust him.
Damnit, he had treated her like a human being. (21.134)
Blomkvist likes Salander for who she is. But she's not sure he will if he knows her secrets and the horrors of her life. Right now, she doesn't feel very human.