Her absence had felt like torture--almost a form of personal punishment. He had nobody to discuss his feelings with, and for the first time he realised with appalling clarity what a destructive hold she had over him.
("The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo")
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Men could be as big as a house and made of granite, but they all had balls in the same place.
From a purely physical standpoint she didn't have a chance, but her attitude was that death was better than capitulation.
And yet he kept sticking to her life like gum on the sole of her shoe, either on the Net or in real life. On the Net was OK. There he was no more than electrons and words. In real life, standing on her doorstep, he was still fucking attractive. And he knew her secrets just as she knew all of his.
I don't know if I want a steady relationship, but I'm terrified of losing you.
We need to have a talk on the subject of what's yours and what's mine.
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