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Mikael Blomkvist: I’ve got R.J, Rebecka Jacobsson Jacobson.
[pointing to the list of names from Harriet’s notebook]
Mikael Blomkvist: I’ve got absolutely no idea who the rest of these people are or how they’re connected to the death of a sixteen year old girl. But they…they must be somehow. So what we’ve gotta do is find out who they are, what happened to them and what these Leviticus verses have to do with anything.
[Lisbeth gets up]
Mikael Blomkvist: What are you doing?
Lisbeth Salander: Getting started. You can keep talking if you want.
[referring to the research he’s collected so far]
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, don’t you need uh…look over these?
Lisbeth Salander: I got it.
Detective Isaksson: No one has asked me about Magda in over forty years. Why would a young lady like you want to know about such an awful murder?
Lisbeth Salander: It interests me.
Detective Isaksson: Does it? Her husband was the first suspect. The husband is always the first suspect and usually the last. Not this time, we moved on to a neighbor and a vagrant. Once you get to strangers it’s only a matter of time before you get to gypsies and you know you’re never going to solve it.
Lisbeth Salander: How exactly was she killed?
Detective Isaksson: Miss..?
Lisbeth Salander: Salander.
Detective Isaksson: Sorry. Miss Salander, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but when was the last time you ate?
Lisbeth Salander: I have a high metabolism, I can’t put on weight.
Detective Isaksson: I’m asking because it is better to look at what I’m about to show you on an empty stomach.
[Lisbeth is reading another verse from Book of Leviticus]
Harriet Vanger: [voice over] If a man’s offering is a lamb, it shall be a female without blemish. He should lay its hand upon its head, slaughter it, empty its blood on the base of the alter, and he shall be forgiven.
[another verse from the Book of Leviticus]
Harriet Vanger: [voice over] If a woman approaches any beast and lies with it, you shall kill the woman and the best. Their blood shall be upon them.
Martin Vanger: Our family is impossible, that’s why the company is such a mess. I apologize for my mother’s behavior.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m used to it.
Martin Vanger: It’s nothing to do with you, it’s between her and Henrik. She lost it when my father died, and her…her drinking got so bad that Henrik took me and my sister away from her. And left her excommunicated in the old house on the other side of the island. She hasn’t forgiven him You must stay. You’re the last chance Henrik has of some kind of resolution. Put this to rest, one way or another. I’ll keep my mother away. But please, hurry.
Mikael Blomkvist: Of course.
[handing Mikael her report]
Lisbeth Salander: The five cases from Harriet’s list, and five more she missed. Three I’m sure of. Rebecka was the first, just as you thought. The second, M.H., is Mari Holmberg, a prostitute in Kalmar, murdered in nineteen fifty four, matching Leviticus twenty eighteen.
[reading the verse from the Book of Leviticus]
Mikael Blomkvist: Right. Um…if a man lies with a woman having her sickness, he has made naked her fountain and she has uncovered the fountain of her blood.
Lisbeth Salander: She was raped and stabbed, but the cause of death was suffocation with a sanitary napkin.
Mikael Blomkvist: Okay.
Lisbeth Salander: R.L., Rakel Lunde, nineteen fifty seven. A cleaning woman and part-time palm reader. Tied with a clothes line, gagged raped, head crushed with a rock. Leviticus, twenty-seven.
[reading the verse]
Mikael Blomkvist: A woman who is a medium or sorcerer should be put to death by stoning.
[continuing the list of names from Harriet’s notebook]
Lisbeth Salander: Sara Witt, nineteen sixty four. Daughter of a pastor, tied to her bed, raped, charred in the fire that burned down her house. Leviticus, twenty one nine.
Mikael Blomkvist: The…the daughter of a priest, who profanes herself by playing the harlot profanes her father and shall be burned with fire.
Lisbeth Salander: Magda Lovisa Sjöberg, nineteen sixty. Found in a barn, stabbed and raped with farm tools. The cow in the next stall had its throat slit, its blood was splashed on her and hers on it.
Mikael Blomkvist: Leviticus, twenty sixteen; if a woman lies with any beast ye shall kill the woman and the beast, their blood is upon them.
Lisbeth Salander: Lea Persson, nineteen sixty two. Found by her sister in her pet shop, raped, beaten. The killer uncaged the animals, smashed the aquariums. There was a parakeet inside her. Next, Eva Gustavsson, nineteen sixty. A runaway, raped, strangled, a burned pigeon tied around her neck. Lena Anderson, nineteen sixty seven. A student, raped, stabbed, decapitated.
Mikael Blomkvist: Okay. Alright.
Lisbeth Salander: I’m not finished.
Mikael Blomkvist: We’re looking for a serial murderer, but what could that have to do with a teenager living on an island?
Lisbeth Salander: She was looking for him too.
Mikael Blomkvist: Rape, torture, fire, animals, religion. Am I missing anything?
Lisbeth Salander: The names, they’re all biblical. The first woman, the whore, the Virgin Mary, Rebecka, Sara. All from the Old Testament.
Mikael Blomkvist: Which means they’re all Jewish. One thing the Vangers have more than their fair share of is anti-semites.
[pointing to a figure seen through the window of one of the Vanger houses]
Mikael Blomkvist: There’s one right there.
Lisbeth Salander: Harriet’s name isn’t.
Mikael Blomkvist: Isn’t what?
Lisbeth Salander: Jewish.
Mikael Blomkvist: No.
[the next morning, Mikael finds Lisbeth using his laptop]
Mikael Blomkvist: What are you doing?
Lisbeth Salander: Reading the notes.
Mikael Blomkvist: They’re encrypted.
[she gives him a look]
Lisbeth Salander: Please.
[after Mikael has tracked down the woman who was present at the parade taking pictures from behind Harriet just before she disappeared]
Mikael Blomkvist: In nineteen sixty six you were in Hedestad with your husband.
Woman from Parade: Who took these?
Mikael Blomkvist: A local photographer. You were taking pictures too that day and I’d love to look at them, if by some miracle you still have them.
Woman from Parade: It wouldn’t be a miracle, we were on our honeymoon. But why?
showing her another photo from the parade where Harriet is looking across the street
Mikael Blomkvist: This…this girl. You can see her better in the enlargement. That’s you there.
[pointing to the younger version of the woman standing behind Harriet taking a photo]
Mikael Blomkvist: Just after this was taken, after she’d seen something across the street, she was murdered.
Woman from Parade: How awful!
[the woman brings her photos to Mikael and he finds the photo where Harriet was looking across the street showing an obscured mysterious man]
[Lisbeth is in the elevator as Bjurman walks in]
Lisbeth Salander: How’s your sex life?
[she stops the lift and turns to look at him]
Lisbeth Salander: I didn’t care much for your last report. It felt perfunctory, like your heart wasn’t in it. Let’s see a little more enthusiasm from my recovery in next months.
[Bjurman starts to speak but Lisbeth stops him]
Lisbeth Salander: Don’t speak! I don’t want to hear your voice. Just nod. Start looking for a shrink you can bribe to swear under oath he can find absolutely nothing wrong with me.
[Bjurman quickly nods his head and she grabs him by the throat]
Lisbeth Salander: And stop visiting tattoo removal websites, or I’ll do it again.
[she puts her hand up and points to his forehead]
Lisbeth Salander: Right here.
[after Lisbeth has treated Mikael’s head wound from being shot whilst walking in the island]
Mikael Blomkvist: This is insane. I mean, these people. Somebody was shooting at me, I mean it wasn’t an accident.
Lisbeth Salander: No one’s shooting at you now.
[she stands in front of him and takes off her underwear]
Mikael Blomkvist: You know, I’m pretty sure this is a bad idea.
Lisbeth Salander: Why?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well apart from the fact that I’m old and we work together, which…
Lisbeth Salander: You work with what’s her name, and that worked out for you.
Mikael Blomkvist: Yeah, well. I do have some standards, believe it or not.
[she takes off her top]
Lisbeth Salander: You need to stop talking.
[she pushes him down on the bed and they have sex]
[the morning after they’ve slept together, Mikael wakes to find Lisbeth has fixed breakfast for him]
Lisbeth Salander: I like working with you.
Mikael Blomkvist: I like working with you too.
Dirch Frode: It could have been a stray shot.
Martin Vanger: Well not by Gunnar, if he wanted to shoot him he wouldn’t be here.
Dirch Frode: And then we have poachers, they shoot at anything that moves.
Martin Vanger: Or he’s right, Dirch. What if he is? This has to stop.
Dirch Frode: Do you want to stop, Mikael?
Mikael Blomkvist: Look, I have police reports, photo’s, Henrik’s notes, my notes, Lisbeth’s research. What I don’t have is Vanger Industries records. That’s what I want.
Dirch Frode: Why?
Mikael Blomkvist: Will you authorize it?
Dirch Frode: The private corporate records? How far back?
Mikael Blomkvist: Henrik said I could have access to everything I needed, this is what I need.
Dirch Frode: This is not what he meant.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’ll sign a non-disclosure statement, if that would help.
[discussing whether Mikael should be given access to Vanger Industries records]
Martin Vanger: I think Henrik would say yes.
Dirch Frode: That’s why he has me, to protect him from himself. It’s insane.
Martin Vanger: What have we got to hide?
Dirch Frode: Well, for a hundred and twenty years of business, probably a lot.
Martin Vanger: This is what he needs to finish, he should have permission.
[after Mikael’s been given access to Vanger Industries records]
Lisbeth Salander: What am I looking for?
Mikael Blomkvist: Any connections between Vanger Industries and the towns where the women were killed. And everything about Frode.
[after Mikael finds that Harald Vanger was taking pictures the same day Harriet went missing]
Mikael Blomkvist: Your father has taken pictures that day that no one has seen. I’d like to take a look at them.
Cecilia Vanger: So ask him?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, I was wondering if you could do that.
Cecilia Vanger: I don’t speak to him, as you know.
Mikael Blomkvist: Could you make an exception, in my case?
Cecilia Vanger: Are you afraid to be in the same room with him? I’m not saying you shouldn’t be,
Mikael Blomkvist: So you won’t help me?
Cecilia Vanger: Sorry.
Mikael Blomkvist: Please?
[Mikael pays Harald a visit to look at the photo’s he took on the day Harriet went missing]
Harald Vanger: I’m not a recluse. I don’t close my door to anyone, they just don’t visit.
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, perhaps if you redecorated.
Harald Vanger: Hide the past like they do, under thin shiny veneers, like an Ikea table. I am the most honest of all of them.
Mikael Blomkvist: Your family?
Harald Vanger: Sweden.
[a photo of a boy wearing a school uniform catches Mikael’s attention]
Harald Vanger: Landscape? Some nice landscape there?
Mikael Blomkvist: Who is this? The blurry one. I can’t tell.
[he holds the photo in front of Harald who takes a closer look]
Harald Vanger: That’s Gottfried’s boy.
Mikael Blomkvist: That’s Martin?
Harald Vanger: Yeah. A handsome, but useless young man. Like his father.
Mikael Blomkvist: Like his father.
[after Mikael discovers that Martin is the one Harriet is staring at in the photo from the parade, Mikael breaks into Martin’s home but Martin arrives and catches him outside his house]
Martin Vanger: I stopped by the hospital on my way home. Henrik asked me to ask you something.
Mikael Blomkvist: What was that?
Martin Vanger: Come on in, I’ll make you a drink.
[as Mikael reluctantly enters Martin’s house]
Martin Vanger: What happened to you?
Mikael Blomkvist: When?
Martin Vanger: Just now.
Mikael Blomkvist: I fell, in the dark.
Martin Vanger: You don’t have a flashlight? I’ll get you one.
Mikael Blomkvist: I just…I just wasn’t being careful, that’s all.
[Martin throws a small flashlight at Mikael]
Martin Vanger: How’s the investigation going?
Mikael Blomkvist: Nothing new to report.
Martin Vanger: No? Dirch says the girl is really clever.
[as Martin pours them a drink, he notices one of his kitchen knife is missing]
Martin Vanger: Maybe she’ll turn something up.
Mikael Blomkvist: Maybe. Thank you for the…
[referring to the flashlight]
Mikael Blomkvist: So what did he say?
Martin Vanger: What?
Mikael Blomkvist: You said Henrik asked you to ask me something.
Martin Vanger: Well, I just did.
Mikael Blomkvist: What?
Martin Vanger: How’s the investigation?
Mikael Blomkvist: Oh, yeah.
Martin Vanger: That was his question.
[Mikael notices Martin’s hunting gun]
Martin Vanger: Do you hunt? We should go hunting together sometime.
Mikael Blomkvist: Sure.
[there’s a small uncomfortable silence before Martin asks]
Martin Vanger: Nothing at all? New to report?
Mikael Blomkvist: No, nothing.
Martin Vanger: I can see you’re anxious.
Mikael Blomkvist: No, I’m…
Martin Vanger: Well I mean to get home after the walk.
Mikael Blomkvist: Yeah, well I suppose I am.
Martin Vanger: To have dinner with your girlfriend.
Mikael Blomkvist: Assistant.
Martin Vanger: We’d have better luck with a gun.
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m sorry?
Martin Vanger: When we go hunting, a gun rather than a knife.
[Martin gets a gun from his kitchen drawer and Mikael realizes that Martin knows about him breaking into his house]
Martin Vanger: I wanna show you something. Bring your drink, leave my knife.
[Mikael takes out the kitchen knife from his coat pocket and leaves it on the counter]
[as Martin is taking Mikael towards his basement at gunpoint]
Martin Vanger: You know what’s harder than shooting someone? Just missing him. That was very good shot up at the cabin.
Mikael Blomkvist: It didn’t work. I’m here.
Martin Vanger: Mikael, it did work. You’re here.
[Martin leads Mikael into his basement and gases him unconscious and hung from his neck with his hands shackled]
[as Martin holds Mikael captive with a noose round his neck ready to be hung and turns on camera to record their conversation]
Martin Vanger: Why didn’t you just go home?
Mikael Blomkvist: May I?
[Martin gives a cold laugh]
Martin Vanger: How did you do it? What did you find?
[Mikael doesn’t answer]
Martin Vanger: We can talk, or we can just get on with it.
Mikael Blomkvist: A photograph, no one’s seen.
Martin Vanger: Of?
Mikael Blomkvist: You, in an Uppsala prep-school blazer.
Martin Vanger: What does that prove?
Mikael Blomkvist: It says you lied about where you were that day.
Martin Vanger: Did I?
Mikael Blomkvist: Or rather, when.
Martin Vanger: So what? People lie all the time.
Mikael Blomkvist: It also says that you and Lena Anderson were school mates.
Martin Vanger: Lena. That was a long time ago.
Martin Vanger: Where’s this photo now? Is it with all your other crap on your desk?
Mikael Blomkvist: There’s a copy on my laptop, and there’s another copy on a secure website.
Martin Vanger: Copy on a secure website. That’s a lie. How much does the girl know? I hope it’s as much as you do, that’ll make it fun. Where is she?
Mikael Blomkvist: Stockholm. She went this morning.
Martin Vanger: That’s a lie. She’s at our offices looking at more old crap. I got a call from our archives manager, she was very perturbed with this girl, Lisbeth. I like that name. Lisbeth. So when Lisbeth leaves, I will get a call from security so I can be at your cottage to greet her. Can’t thank you enough for bringing her to me.
[as he sits across from Mikael who still has the noose round his neck]
Martin Vanger: So what do you wanna know? You’re a journalist, ask me questions.
[Mikael doesn’t answer]
Martin Vanger: What do I do with the girls? That’s a good question. Well before I do what we’re doing, sit down, relax, have a drink. I like that part a lot, having a chat when both of you know that one of you is going to die. And afterwards I just get rid of them, far out at sea. Unlike my father, he left them scattered all over the place like trophies, that’s not very smart if you ask me. He was a large and garish man, frankly he got what he deserved. You can’t be a sloppy technician, you can’t drink to excess like he did. It takes discipline. It’s a science of a thousand details. The planning, the execution, there’s the cleanup. I guess I don’t have to tell you, but you’re going to create quite a mess.
[still continuing to hold Mikael captive]
Martin Vanger: Let me ask you something. Why don’t people trust their instincts? They sense something is wrong, someone is walking too close behind them. You knew something was wrong, but you came back into the house. Did I force you? Did I drag you in? No. All I had to do was offer you a drink. It’s hard to believe that fear of offending me is stronger than the fear of pain, but you know what? It is. And they always come willingly, and they sit there, they know it’s all over, just like you do. But somehow they still think that they have a chance, maybe if I say the right thing, maybe if I’m polite, if I cry, if I beg. And when I see their hope draining from their face, like it is from yours right now, I can feel myself getting hard. But you know, we’re not that different, you and I. Both have urges. Satisfying mine requires more towels.
Martin Vanger: It might amuse you to know that, while you were upstairs, having mousse with me and Liv, who by the way finds me very conventional, I had Aryna down in that cage. Who is Aryna you might ask. Just another girl, just another immigrant whore.
Mikael Blomkvist: Your sister wasn’t.
Martin Vanger: What?
Mikael Blomkvist: Your sister, Harriet, wasn’t just another girl.
Martin Vanger: You found her?
[suddenly he grabs Mikael by the throat]
Martin Vanger: What happened to her?
Mikael Blomkvist: You…killed her.
Martin Vanger: You’re a useless fucking detective.
[suddenly Martin puts a plastic bag over Mikael’s head cutting off his air supply]
Martin Vanger: This too tight to talk? Good. I’m tired of talking to you.
[Martin strings up Mikael making him even more helpless, and cuts Mikael’s shirt open]
Martin Vanger: Never had a man in here before. In fact, I’ve never touched a man, except my father. That was out duty, Harriet’s and mine.
[just as Martin is about to kill Mikael with a knife, Lisbeth appears behind him and strikes Martin in the face with a golf club]
[Martin runs out of the basement and Lisbeth cuts Mikael loose]
Mikael Blomkvist: There’s a gun! There’s a gun on the television.
[Lisbeth grabs the gun]
Lisbeth Salander: May I kill him?
[Mikael nods his head]
Mikael Blomkvist: Yes.
[Martin flees in his car and Lisbeth gives chase on her motorcycle, causing him to crash and then die in the resulting explosion]
Mikael Blomkvist: How come a twenty three year old is a ward of the state?
Lisbeth Salander: I’m mentally incompetent and can’t manage daily life.
Mikael Blomkvist: Since when have they said that?
Lisbeth Salander: Since I was twelve.
Mikael Blomkvist: What happened when you were twelve?
[Lisbeth doesn’t answer]
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m sorry. That’s…that’s none of my business.
Lisbeth Salander: I tried to kill my father, burned him alive. Got about eighty percent of him.
Mikael Blomkvist: Oh.
Lisbeth Salander: I’ll make some coffee.
[referring to old photo’s showing a naked girl]
Mikael Blomkvist: Who’s that?
Lisbeth Salander: It’s Harriet. I found it in Martin’s basement, among his souvenirs.
Mikael Blomkvist: Martin didn’t deny killing anyone. When I mentioned Harriet he was confused. He got angry at me because I couldn’t tell him what had happened to her. He didn’t kill her. His father didn’t do it, he was dead the year before. What if she did somehow manage to get away? And if she is still alive, then there’s only one person in this family would know where she is.
[he goes over to his collection of photos of the Vanger family on the cottage wall and looks at the photo of Anita Vanger]
[Mikael and Lisbeth travel to London, Mikael pays a visit to Anita at her home]
Anita Vanger: What do you want?
Mikael Blomkvist: Has no one called you?
Anita Vanger: About?
Mikael Blomkvist: Your cousin, Martin.
Anita Vanger: What about him?
Mikael Blomkvist: He died in a car accident last Thursday. There’s going to be a memorial in Hedestad.
Anita Vanger: I’m not interested in any memorial.
Mikael Blomkvist: Yeah, I understand.
Anita Vanger: What do you understand?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, that you don’t care very much for your family. Look, I just thought you should know.
Anita Vanger: Now I know.
[she shuts her front the door in his face]
[after hacking into Anita’s computer, Lisbeth monitors Anita after Mikael told her about Martin]
Mikael Blomkvist: She still playing Solitaire?
Lisbeth Salander: Mmm.
Mikael Blomkvist: And she hasn’t called anyone?
Lisbeth Salander: No.
Mikael Blomkvist: We have her cell phone too. I was so sure she was going to lead us to her.
Lisbeth Salander: Put your hand back in my shirt. There’s only one reason she hasn’t called Harriet. She can’t, because Harriet is dead.
[believing Anita is Harriet, Mikael confronts Anita again at her office at work]
Anita Vanger: What is it now?
Mikael Blomkvist: Before he died, your brother hung me from a hook. Harriet.
Mikael Blomkvist: So you sent the flowers?
Harriet Vanger: Yes, I did.
Mikael Blomkvist: We found in the Swedish family registry that Anita was married, but the family never knew, did they?
Harriet Vanger: No.
Mikael Blomkvist: So I’m guessing, she then came here on her married named passport and you followed on her maiden named passport.
Harriet Vanger: No, actually it was the other way round. She thought that it was safer if I traveled with someone else.
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, what did he think about that?
Harriet Vanger: Nothing, only that he loved her. She said, if you love me, you will do this and not ask why. And he never did.
Mikael Blomkvist: And they both died twenty years ago?
Harriet Vanger: Car accident. You found that out too.
[showing her the photo of the naked girl found in Martin’s place]
Mikael Blomkvist: Is that you?
[Anita looks at the photo and becomes upset]
Harriet Vanger: I was fourteen, first time he raped.
Mikael Blomkvist: Martin?
Harriet Vanger: No. My father. Martin only started after he had died.
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, why didn’t you tell somebody.
Harriet Vanger: I did, my mother.
Mikael Blomkvist: Henrik would have done something.
Harriet Vanger: I almost told him, but I was afraid because of what I’d done.
Mikael Blomkvist: I uh…
Harriet Vanger: You still don’t understand, do you? A year after the first time, and there were many times during that year, my father got drunker than usual one night and he started bragging about the women he’d killed. He quoted from the bible as he tore my clothes. He tied a belt around my neck, he wanted to kill me. I um…I got out of the house, I went down to the dock. He came staggering after me. I could never fight him off in a small space, but out in the open, I was strong enough to deal with an old drunk.
[flashback scene shows Harriet hitting her father with an oar which made him fall in the lake and drown]
Harriet Vanger: When it was over, I looked up. Martin was standing there, staring at me, and all I’d accomplished was substitute one for another.
[flashback scene to the day of the parade when Harriet notices Martin across the street]
Harriet Vanger: A couple of months later, Henrik sent Martin to school in Uppsala and I thought that maybe, just maybe, the nightmare was finally over. And then I saw him, the day of the parade, across the street, and I knew that it would never be over.
Mikael Blomkvist: So how did you escape?
[flashback showing Anita helping Harriet hide]
Harriet Vanger: Anita, she…she insisted that I leave everything behind. If I took anything, the police might have suspected that I was still alive. As everyone ate dinner, I was no more than twenty meters away from them. I spent the night there, that’s when the search started. In the morning she came to get me. In the morning she came to get me.. I’d grown up with that bridge as my link to home, but all I could think is if I could just get away from them, just get passed the police, then I might be safe. And I was, until you showed up.
Mikael Blomkvist: You’re safe now.
Harriet Vanger: How did you get away?
Mikael Blomkvist: Someone saved me too.
[he looks over at Lisbeth standing a few feet away from them]
[Mikael and Lisbeth meet with Henrik in his study after has returned from hospital]
Henrik Vanger: I made you a promise.
[he puts a file on Wennerström in front of Mikael]
Henrik Vanger: Whether you found anything or not. So, what do you have to tell me?
[Mikael gives knowing look and Henrik is wheeled out of the room towards a Harriet walking into the Vanger house]
Harriet Vanger: Hello, Henrik.
[Henrik becomes emotional and starts crying and Harriet hugs him as they have a tearful reunion]
[referring to the file on Wennerström that Henrik he gave to Mikael]
Dirch Frode: I barely remember Wennerström working here, much less his being fired.
Mikael Blomkvist: Well how could you, it was such a long time ago. Which is kind of more to the point than the money he embezzled from you to start the Wennerström…
Dirch Frode: If you’re referring to the statute of limitations, but I had no idea this is what Henrik was holding out. If I had, I never would have let him bring you up here. He wasn’t trying to deceive you.
Mikael Blomkvist: Oh, come on! He knows you can’t try someone thirty five years after the event. I mean, I like Henrik, but he knows that.
Dirch Frode: Well a man’s reputation use to mean something, he still believes that. I’m sure he thought that you could destroy Wennerström with this in the court of public opinion.
Mikael Blomkvist: The court of public opinion now celebrates people’s bad behavior.
Dirch Frode: He’s an elderly man.
Mikael Blomkvist: He promised Wennerström’s carcass on a plate. This isn’t even the plate! I can’t do anything with this.
Dirch Frode: Yes, of course.
Lisbeth Salander: What happened with Wennerström? How did he get you?
Mikael Blomkvist: I was stupid. I heard something, I got it from an anonymous source, who I’m now sure was one of Wennerström’s lackey’s. It was fake, which he easily proved in court.
Lisbeth Salander: You were quite emphatic at the way I looked into your life was illegal and immoral. Would you feel the same about Wennerström?
Mikael Blomkvist: Go on.
Lisbeth Salander: I did some work on my own on him before you hired me. I haven’t had a chance to look at it all, because you and Harriet fucking Vanger have kept me busy. But I may have something.
Mikael Blomkvist: You may have something?
Lisbeth Salander: Maybe.
Mikael Blomkvist: They’d launder money from arms drug sales of crime syndicates in Russia. And that money account for all but five percent of his holdings. The rest ends up in accounts in the Cayman Islands.
Erika Berger: And how do you know this?
Mikael Blomkvist: This time you don’t wanna know.
Erika Berger: This time I do want to know.
Mikael Blomkvist: I have access to his computer and his accountants and his lawyers.
Erika Berger: And how do you have that?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, I could have gotten from a sources inside the company.
Erika Berger: But you didn’t.
Mikael Blomkvist: But that’s what you’ll say.
Erika Berger: And what will you say to me?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well, that depends if you really want to know.
Erika Berger: I do. Mikael, how did you get access?
[just then Lisbeth walks into the apartment and Erika give Mikael a look]
[Mikael gives Lisbeth the latest edition of Milliium magazine exposing Wennerström’s corruption]
Mikael Blomkvist: The shit hits the fan.
Lisbeth Salander: What happens now?
Mikael Blomkvist: Well he’ll say it’s a personal vendetta, which won’t wash. The police will investigate, it’ll go to court, maybe he’ll go to prison.
Lisbeth Salander: You think?
Mikael Blomkvist: Probably not. These guys never do.
Mikael Blomkvist: What’s wrong with you?
Lisbeth Salander: It’s embarrassing.
Mikael Blomkvist: Tell me.
Lisbeth Salander: I need to borrow some money.
[Mikael goes to reach into his pocket to give her some money]
Lisbeth Salander: Fifty thousand.
[Mikael stops and looks at her]
Lisbeth Salander: I have a chance to make an investment. It’s a smart safe investment.
Mikael Blomkvist: I…I really don’t think I’ve got fifty thousand.
Lisbeth Salander: Yes, you do. You have sixty five thousand in your two accounts. I’m sorry that I know that. You’ll get the money back, I promise.
Mikael Blomkvist: Okay.
[Lisbeth looks a bit shocked at his agreement]
Lisbeth Salander: Okay.
Mikael Blomkvist: You wanna a coffee?
[after Lisbeth has traveled to Europe in disguise and converted all of Wennerström’s funds into bonds taking it for herself, but making it appear as if he has taken it all]
Lisbeth Salander: The money I borrowed.
Mikael Blomkvist: Already?
[he takes the check from her]
Mikael Blomkvist: Thank you.
Lisbeth Salander: Thank you.
[she offers him the cigarette she was smoking]
Mikael Blomkvist: I…I quit. Was it good investment?
Lisbeth Salander: It was okay. What are you doing later?
Mikael Blomkvist: I’m seeing my daughter.
Lisbeth Salander: Okay.
Mikael Blomkvist: You look nice.
[she smiles at him]
Lisbeth Salander: It’s Christmas again. I’ll see you soon.
[she turns and walks away]
[visiting her previous legal guardian who due to having a stroke is not able to talk]
Lisbeth Salander: I miss our meetings. I’m sure you don’t, why would you? I was always such a headache for you. Never showing up with good news, only problems. I have good news now, I made a friend. I mean, one that you’d approve of. I’m happy.
[last lines; Lisbeth is buying Mikael a motorcycle jacket, similar to the one she’s seen him wear from an old photograph]
Tailor: It’s nice.
[she looks at the old photograph of Mikael wearing the jacket to make sure it’s similar]
Tailor: Your father?
Lisbeth Salander: A friend.
Tailor: Must be a very good friend.
[she rides over to Mikael’s apartment, and as she’s about to go up to his apartment she sees him happily walking off with Erika, prompting her to throw his gift into a dumpster and then drive off on her motorcycle]
Total Quotes: 95
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