Study Guide

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest Language and Communication

By Stieg Larsson

Language and Communication

"Can you hear me Lisbeth?"

Go away.

"Can you open your eyes?"

Who was this f***ing idiot harping on at her? (3.58-61)

This is the moment where Salander meets Dr. Jonasson, the man who took the bullet from her brain and will prove a serious ally to her.

"It's just that when we talked to Teleborian, you were the only one in the group who offered any opposition when he answered our questions." (4.232)

Andersson is recognizing that Modig saw through Teleborian way back in The Girl Who Played With Fire.

"That's nice to hear. Did anyone ask Lisbeth Salander her opinion?" (5.49)

Giannini begins fighting for Salander's rights as a citizen the moment she takes the case.

"[…] if I'm not present, you're not to say a single word to the police no matter what they ask you. Even if they provoke you or accuse you. Can you promise me?"

"No problem." (7.190 -191)

Giannini is preaching to the choir. Not talking to authorities is already a big part of Salander's modus operandi.

"They'll twist what I say and use it against me." (9.85)

Salander explains why she doesn't talk to authorities.

"Salander has been the object of a media frenzy. That's when normal rules don't apply, and any drivel can be printed." (10.196)

Berger is explaining to a young reporter at SMP that you can't always believe what you read in the news.

"[…] just before the trial begins we might be able to publish a feature that examines the accuracy of all the statements that have been made about Salander. Start by reading through the clippings, list everything that's been said about her, and check out the allegations one by one." (10.204)

Berger doesn't stay at SMP long enough to see this project bear fruit, but it sounds like a good idea.

She wondered why she, who had such difficulty talking about herself with people of flesh and blood, could blithely reveal her most intimate secrets to a bunch of completely unknown freaks on the Internet. (13.178)

Why do you think Salander can talk to the hackers so easily? What about you, do you find virtual communication easier than real?

My name is Lisbeth Salander. I was born on April 30, 1978. My mother was Agneta Sofia Salander. She was twenty-two when I was born. My father was a psychopath, killer, and batterer whose name was Alexander Zalachenko. (15.10)

Salander's autobiographical statement is her first official communication to the world about herself.

I've brought some bagels […]. And some espresso. (Epilogue.251)

Oh Blomkvist, you know we understand what you're really saying – you want to be friends! This moment also takes us full circle back to the duos first meeting, which also included bagels and coffee.

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