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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Chapter 13

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Chapter 13

Thursday, February 20 – Friday, March 7

  • Salander does a thorough investigation into Nils Bjurman. He appears to be a moderately wealthy, model citizen. He's divorced but his ex-wife is happily remarried.
  • There's nothing abnormal with the other people under his guardianship.
  • Since there's no dirt, Salander begins thinking of ways to murder him.
  • Meanwhile, Blomkvist and Cecilia are having their affair. But he isn't ruling her out as a suspect.
  • For a week, Salander tries to plan the perfect murder of Nils Bjurman. She vetoes guns, knives, and bombs. When Armansky calls to offer her a job, she hangs up on him.
  • She considers poisoning him with acid or nicotine. But, no matter how she kills him, she'll still be a ward of the state. She needs to control Bjurman, not kill him.
  • She makes a new plan, requiring letting Bjurman assault her again. She doesn't like it, but can't think of a better way. If it works, she'll get what she wants.
  • Blomkvist has settled into a routine at Hedeby. He reads up on Nazism and works on a chapter on the three Vanger brothers who are Nazis.
  • He also tries to figure out the mystery of the numbers, names, and initials in Harriet's date book.
  • Nils Bjurman feels better when Salander calls him to meet again. He'd been a little worried she would report him. He needs to teach her a lesson and show her who's boss.
  • Salander is worried. She intended to meet Bjurman at his office, but he then switched the meet-up to his place.
  • At 8:30pm, Blomkvist and Cecilia get together for sex and to talk about Harriet.
  • Just after 8:30pm, Bjurman answers the door in his bathrobe and yells at Salander for being late.
  • After a little talk, he handcuffs her arms to the bed and ties her legs, then rapes her.
  • Around 3am Saturday, Blomkvist walks back from Cecilia's.
  • Around 4am Saturday morning, Nils Bjurman lets Salander leave.

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