Quotation Explanation in Stieg Larsson’s The Girl who Played with Fire


1. She took the elevator to the top floor and unlocked the door with the nameplate V. KULLA (85).

Although Lisbeth had threatened to physically harm any person who compared her to Pippi Longstocking, she is shown embracing the role. By unlocking the door with the nameplate, it is a clear allusion to Pippi’s home in Villa Villekulla (39)


2. She set down her groceries and her shoulder bag in the hall and tapped in the four-digit code that turned off the electronic burglar alarm (94).

She was at Fiskargatan after a long time away from the apartment touring different parts of the world. She was tired and wanted to eat before sleeping with no disturbance in her house (33).


3. Salander managed to read his licence plate number before he turned at the next corner (200).

Salander was getting curious of the big man who was interacting with Burjan and she was wondering what kind of business the two were up to and took the licence plate of the car the giant got into (38).



4. He did not like Bjurman, and he could not imagine why they had decided to do what he wanted (215).

This was Lundin, a drug and whore dealer who was regretting of having to do business with Bjurman. However, he was not enthusiastic at dealing with whores and diversions like the Salander girl (33).


5. The creature was not of this world. It was a monster from the underworld (216).

It was late and dark and the man saw a black figure creeping towards him some few feet away. The creature was something he had never seen before and although it did strike, he managed to speed off unharmed (39).


6. She had evidently used her keys as brass knuckles—there were still traces of blood and skin on them (233).

This was Salander after attacking her boyfriend Blomkvist who had visited a former girlfriend. Salander appeared and gauged Blomkvist by using her keys and slashed a deep wound in his cheek (31).


7. Arrested for an assault in Gamla Stan in 1995, when the prints were taken (281).

This was a headline by a court reporter at TT wire service that was meant to awaken memories. The headline was written when Salander was arrested after he kicked a passenger at Gamla Stan tunnelbana station (36).


8. Do I take it that Dag’s computer is missing? (342).

Dag was a journalist investigating human sex trafficking and had asked assistance from Blomkvist. However, Dag was killed from a gun belonging to Bjurman and Salander’s fingerprints were there. Blomkvist is now investigating Dag’s death by use of Blomkvist’s computer (40).


9. Just before Nykvarn he passed a car coming the other way, but he thought no more about it (556).

Paolo was beaten badly for the first time in his life. He was in deep thought as he was returning to the warehouse to clean the mess to avoid police detection that he did not realize the passing car (39).


10. Zala has probably committed three murders and the police are looking for the wrong person (608).

This was a discussion between Bjorck and Blomkvist trying to find out the murderer. Bjorck was not willing to reveal the Zala’s Swedish name. The discussion reveals that Zala is old and disabled and could not have committed the crime (40).


11. It’s called KAB Import AB and has a P.O. Box address in Gőteborg (670).

This refers to the electronics company, chaired by Karl Axel Bodin (KAB). Malin and Blomkvist were investigating some information on Ronald Niedermann and when stumbled on the above information tried to connect the dots of KAB relationship with Niedermann (39).

12. She was troubled that the place looked so undefended (684).

This statement refers to Salander at a time she had gone to see Zalachenko and was troubled by the place that he lived. The place looked isolated and she knew that he must have made so many enemies (38).