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Quote #10

[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.

Quote #11

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.

Quote #12

[Harriet:] "It feels fantastic to tell the truth. So now you know." (26.121)

Harriet confesses everything to Blomkvist, even killing her father. Is this the start of a beautiful friendship?

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