Anxious People

Anxious People

by

Fredrik Backman

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The Bank Robber Character Analysis

The bank robber is a 39-year-old woman who, after trying and failing to rob a cashless bank, takes nine people at an apartment viewing hostage. However, she’s a sympathetic character: she’s going through a nasty divorce, as her husband cheated on her with her boss, and her boss subsequently fired her. Unable to find another job and therefore unable to pay rent, the robber tries to rob the bank because she fears her ex-husband will take her daughters away from her if she can’t pay rent and doesn’t have a stable place to live. Her recent instability is particularly difficult for the robber to accept, as the robber’s mom was an alcoholic and the robber vowed to never become a parent and then to never become a “chaotic parent.” Throughout the hostage drama, the robber reiterates that she doesn’t want to hurt anyone and even tries to let people go at various points. The robber also incorrectly believes her pistol is a toy and begins to raise it to her head, though Zara tells the robber not to do anything “silly.” In the end, the hostages and Jim help the robber escape into the apartment across the landing, and the robber begins renting Estelle’s apartment from her, effectively for free.

The Bank Robber Quotes in Anxious People

The Anxious People quotes below are all either spoken by The Bank Robber or refer to The Bank Robber. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chapter 1  Quotes

Sometimes it hurts, it really hurts, for no other reason than the fact that our skin doesn’t feel like it’s ours. Sometimes we panic, because the bills need paying and we have to be grown-up and we don’t know how, because it’s so horribly, desperately easy to fail at being grown-up.

Because everyone loves someone, and anyone who loves someone has had those desperate nights where we lie awake trying to figure out how we can afford to carry on being human beings. Sometimes that makes us do things that seem ridiculous in hindsight, but which felt like the only way out at the time.

One single really bad idea. That’s all it takes.

Page Number: 2
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Chapter 10 Quotes

“Do you know what the worst thing about being a parent is? That you’re always judged by your worst moments. You can do a million things right, but if you do one single thing wrong you’re forever that parent who was checking his phone in the park when your child was hit in the head by a swing. We don’t take our eyes off them for days at a time, but then you read just one text message and it’s as if all your best moments never happened. No one goes to see a psychologist to talk about the times they weren’t hit in the head by a swing as a child. Parents are defined by their mistakes.”

Related Symbols: The Bridge
Page Number: 21
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Chapter 20 Quotes

Because you’d never rob a bank, so you haven’t got anything in common with this bank robber.

Except fear, possibly. Because maybe you’ve been really frightened at some time, and so was the bank robber. Possibly because the bank robber had small children and had therefore had a lot of practice being afraid. Perhaps you, too, have children, in which case you’ll know that you’re frightened the whole time, frightened of not knowing everything and of not having the energy to do everything and of not coping with everything.

Page Number: 53
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Chapter 38 Quotes

“Since [Julia] got pregnant everything’s become so serious, because parents are always serious and I suppose we’re trying to fit in. Sometimes I don’t think I’m ready for the responsibility—I mean, I think my phone is asking too much of me when it wants me to install an update, and I find myself yelling: ‘You’re suffocating me.’ You can’t shout that at a child. And children have to be updated all the time, because they can kill themselves just crossing the street or eating a peanut! I’ve mislaid my phone three times already today, I don’t know if I’m ready for a human being.”

Related Characters: Ro (speaker), Julia, Roger, The Bank Robber
Page Number: 163
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Chapter 40 Quotes

“I just wish Roger could feel important again.”

Julia didn’t seem to follow the logic.

“Grandchildren would make him feel important?”

Anna-Lena smiled weakly.

“Have you ever held a three-year-old by the hand on the way home from preschool?”

“No.”

“You’re never more important than you are then.”

Page Number: 177
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Chapter 61 Quotes

“Yes, let’s have something to eat. This has all turned out to be rather pleasant, hasn’t it, getting to know each other like this? And that’s all thanks to you!” Estelle beamed.

“I’m sure the police won’t shoot you. Not much, anyway,” Anna-Lena said comfortingly.

“Why don’t we all go outside with you? They won’t fire if we all leave at the same time!” Julia insisted.

“There must be a way out, if it’s possible to sneak into a viewing, then it must be possible to sneak out,” Lennart pointed out.

“Let’s all sit down and make a plan!” Roger demanded.

Related Characters: Estelle (speaker), Anna-Lena (speaker), Julia (speaker), Lennart/The Rabbit (speaker), Roger (speaker), The Bank Robber
Page Number: 277
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Chapter 62 Quotes

“I just said Knut was parking the car because I get lonely sometimes. And it feels better to pretend that he’s on his way. Especially at this time of year, he always used to like New Year, we used to stand at the kitchen window watching the fireworks. Well…we used to stand on the balcony for years…but I couldn’t bring myself to go out there after something that happened down on the bridge ten years ago. It’s a long story.”

Related Symbols: The Bridge
Page Number: 282
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 65 Quotes

Because it wasn’t Lennart who opened the door when Jim showed up with the pizzas. It was the bank robber, the real bank robber. Both Roger and Lennart had insisted on being allowed to wear the ski mask, but after a long pause she had said no. She had looked at them, her voice gentle with appreciation, and then given them a determined nod.

“Obviously I can’t set a good example to my daughters and teach them not to do idiotic things now. But I might at least be able to show them how you take responsibility for your actions.”

Page Number: 291
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“What did you need the money from the bank robbery for?”

The desperation on her face revealed the chaos in her heart as she said: “To pay the rent. I needed six thousand five hundred. My husband’s lawyer was threatening to take the girls away from me if I didn’t have anywhere to live.”

Jim held onto the handrail to stop himself collapsing as his heart broke. Empathy is like vertigo. Six thousand five hundred, because she thought she’d lose her children otherwise. Her children.

“There are rules, legislation, no one can just take your children away from you simply because…,” he began, then thought better of it and said: “But now they can…now you’ve held up a bank and…” His voice almost gave out as he whispered: “You poor child, what have you got yourself mixed up in?”

Page Number: 294
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 66 Quotes

“Sometimes I think that when you live together for a very long time, and have children together, life is a bit like climbing trees. Up and down, up and down, you try to cope with everything, be good, you climb and climb and climb, and you hardly ever see each other along the way. You don’t notice that when you’re young, but everything changes when you have children, and sometimes it feels like you hardly ever see the person you married anymore. You’re parents and teammates, first and foremost, and being married slips down the list of priorities. But you…well, you keep climbing trees, and see each other along the way.”

Related Characters: Anna-Lena (speaker), The Bank Robber, Roger, Julia, Ro, Lennart/The Rabbit, Estelle
Page Number: 300-301
Explanation and Analysis:
Chapter 67 Quotes

“You’re a good police officer, son,” Jim will say, looking down at the ground. He’ll want to add but an even better person, but won’t be able to bring himself to say it.

“You’re not always such a damn good police officer, Dad,” Jack will grin up at the clouds. He’ll want to add but I’ve learned everything else from you, but the words won’t quite come out.

They’ll go home. Watch television. Have a beer together.

That’s enough.

Page Number: 312
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The Bank Robber Character Timeline in Anxious People

The timeline below shows where the character The Bank Robber appears in Anxious People. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 
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...run if you’re not smart enough to do something right the first time, the bank robber ran, terrified, across the street and through the first door they saw. Once they got... (full context)
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The bank robber is your average 39-year-old, one who eats cheese and carbs instead of working out. They... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...atmosphere. It’s also a great spot for kids. Then, the officer asks about the bank robber, and why he (the robber) took the prospective buyers hostage. The Realtor says it’s because... (full context)
Chapter 4
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The narrator explains that truthfully, the robber released the Realtor and the seven prospective buyers all at the same time. The eight... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...his kids at school, and then stood on the bridge. Ten years later, a bank robber fails to rob a bank and holds eight people hostage at an apartment viewing. A... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...his forehead. The policeman explains he got hit in the head and asks if the robber seemed comfortable handling the pistol. Breezily, the Realtor says the pistol was clearly a toy;... (full context)
Chapter 7
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The narrator shares that the hostages genuinely don’t know what happened between when the robber freed them and when the police stormed the apartment. But once the robber was gone,... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...agent yet. The younger officer begins to explain, but the older officer interjects: the bank robber shot himself. The Realtor’s mouth goes dry as she whispers that everyone could’ve died. The... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...the first one through the apartment door after the pistol went off. He feared the robber had jumped off the apartment’s balcony, but there was no evidence that this happened. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...and now his son wants to save everyone, even the bad guys like the bank robber. Then, the officer reminds the real estate agent that everything is being recorded and offers... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...and snarled that one of the witnesses knows something—and how can they lie when the robber might be dying? Now, Jim throws his coffee cup. He’s even more frustrated than Jack,... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...but he finally asks if she’s who was working at the bank when the bank robber came in. As she answers Jack’s questions with, “Correct,” she explains that she’s miming “perverted... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...in time to earlier that morning, the day before New Year’s Eve, the masked bank robber walks into a bank. However, they make the mistake of choosing a cashless bank—so when... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...London’s witness interview continues. Jack asks if London can tell him anything specific about the robber’s appearance, such as if he was tall or short. London declares this a “superficial question”... (full context)
Chapter 17
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The truth is that the bank robber is an adult, and this says more than anything about their personality. Adults are supposed... (full context)
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...speak civilly to the emergency phone operators and explain the situation, she posts about the robber on Twitter. The police get there a few minutes later, after the postman visiting the... (full context)
Chapter 18
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The only thing the bank robber and the man on the bridge 10 years ago have in common is “moral hazard.”... (full context)
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The robber has never heard of moral hazard, but the robber’s mother once said that you can... (full context)
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The bank robber and the robber’s mom were evicted from their apartment a few months later. The robber... (full context)
Chapter 20
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The narrator asks the reader to consider the bank robber robbing the bank. This obviously has nothing to do with the reader, since the reader... (full context)
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The bank robber left home this morning, not realizing their youngest daughter put the drawing of a monkey,... (full context)
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On weeks they live with their robber parent, the daughters take the bus places and giggle about their robber parent being an... (full context)
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...kids. The marriage seems to be going well and then, one day, like the bank robber, perhaps you uncover infidelity, and everything goes south. The robber’s spouse had been cheating with... (full context)
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The robber didn’t ask for government assistance. They tried to buy an apartment, but banks won’t lend... (full context)
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The robber was unsuccessful. The narrator notes that in situations like these, you’re supposed to go to... (full context)
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The robber struggled on, hoping to keep their daughters from seeing how stressed they are. The girls... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...the hostage drama is taking place. When the postman ran downstairs after seeing the masked robber enter the top-floor apartment, he tripped over the box, so some of the wires are... (full context)
Chapter 22
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Standing in the apartment doorway, the bank robber tries really hard to not point the pistol at anyone, but they accidentally point it... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...gun” held her and other people hostage, and the police still managed to lose the robber. Trying to make friends, Jim jokes that it never really seems like a buyer’s marker... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...silly for saying what he said about banks. He asks Zara again to describe the robber, anything she remembers about him. Zara says Jim obviously knows the robber is male.  Otherwise,... (full context)
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...the real estate agent, two couples, and the rabbit. But she’s certain nobody helped the robber, since they were all idiots. Jim then asks if the robber shot himself on purpose... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...has to. Everyone is silent, but Zara is the only one who’s seen the bank robber. Then, Anna-Lena notices the robber and shouts that they’re being robbed. She tells Roger to... (full context)
Chapter 29
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...interview with Jack later that afternoon, she refuses to speak. She finally mentions that the robber entered the apartment, but then says Jack should speak to Roger, who has a better... (full context)
Chapter 30
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Back in the apartment, during the not-robbery, Roger says he doesn’t have any money. Anna-Lena thinks that nobody ever understands Roger, so... (full context)
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...offer on the apartment while the rest of them leave. Ro anxiously argues that the robber has a pistol, and they can’t take chances. But Julia’s personality while pregnant is extremely... (full context)
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Estelle, an old lady whom nobody has noticed yet, shuffles to the robber and offers them a glass of water. She explains that she’s looking for an apartment... (full context)
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In the silence that follows, Estelle suggests they all introduce themselves. The robber refuses to give their name, but everyone else does. Estelle claps her hands—and afraid the... (full context)
Chapter 32
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Back in the hostage drama, police sirens start to go off outside, and the bank robber runs onto the balcony and curses. Photos circulate of the “masked gunman” following this. The... (full context)
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...on it. Julia returns and rolls her eyes. She says the bathroom is occupied. The robber tugs at the bathroom door—and that’s how this turns into a story about a rabbit. (full context)
Chapter 34
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The bank robber asks the hostages if they think someone is in the bathroom. Zara asks if the... (full context)
Chapter 35
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...the police have notes about Anna-Lena (they’ve interviewed her too), Jack asks where the bank robber might be hiding. Roger says the real estate agent was an idiot, as the plans... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Julia tells the bank robber to give her the pistol: she needs to shoot the lock out of the bathroom... (full context)
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...a bit slow on the uptake. As Roger shouts at Lennart, Zara tells the bank robber to take charge and shoot the rabbit in the leg. The robber refuses. Lennart begs... (full context)
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...she and Lennart met on the internet and it “just happened.” Roger asks the bank robber how much they want for shooting Lennart. Anna-Lena shrieks that a murder might make the... (full context)
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...even people who live in Stockholm. Everyone in the apartment is silent until the bank robber says, “forgive me” and “sorry.” Everyone hears, and they all know what it’s like to... (full context)
Chapter 38
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...hallway, one hand on the door and the other on his bleeding nose. The bank robber tells him he can go if he wants and then offers him cotton balls; their... (full context)
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...if it’s a good choice. But he’s not coming, as he has dementia. The bank robber offers condolences. After talking more about her dad, Ro says she’s going to be an... (full context)
Chapter 39
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At the police station, Jim is getting coffee when Jack races in and says the robber is hiding in the wall. They return to the apartment—and the narrator warns readers that... (full context)
Chapter 40
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...anyone but Roger for a while. They discuss how Julia is doing and how the robber seems scared, and then Anna-Lena says she seriously hurt Roger. Julia is skeptical, but Anna-Lena... (full context)
Chapter 41
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Estelle approaches Roger, the robber, and Ro in the hallway and asks if she can make them something to eat—people... (full context)
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The robber says they don’t have a plan. They just need rent money, since they’re getting divorced... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...Roger swears and goes back inside. He pulls out his notepad and demands that the robber give him their pizza order. The robber doesn’t know what they want. (Being an adult... (full context)
Chapter 44
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...does that during a hostage drama? Trying to cheer Jack up, Jim asks how the robber could’ve lost so much blood. But the officer standing guard in the hall interrupts: the... (full context)
Chapter 45
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...were when the pizza was delivered (that’s the last time they know for sure the robber was in the apartment), Julia and Ro argue about the difference between a chaise lounge... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...bloody signal where there isn’t a bloody signal” to send into the apartment for the robber. Now, Jack asks Jim if Jim actually turned the phone’s ringtone on, or if he... (full context)
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...the pizza order only asked for eight pizzas. The real estate agent must be the robber posing as a real estate agent—she walked out onto the street with everyone else and... (full context)
Chapter 47
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The bank robber is sitting alone in the hall, listening to the people she took hostage. They’re so... (full context)
Chapter 48
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...to give her spiel, but Jack roars that he knows who she is: she’s the robber, and there was never an agent in the apartment.  (full context)
Chapter 49
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...negotiator and suggest that this is the best way to get in contact with the robber. Jack swears that the bomb in the hallway isn’t really a bomb, and he insists... (full context)
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Jack asks what they do if the robber won’t open the door or take the phone—the robber hasn’t behaved rationally so far. Jim... (full context)
Chapter 52
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Back in the hostage drama, Jack wants to contact the bank robber in any way that doesn’t involve Jim going up with the pizzas. It’d be easier... (full context)
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...bored and not at all afraid. Jack reiterates that they’re not dealing with a pro—the robber tried to rob a cashless bank after all. Then, the negotiator reveals that the last... (full context)
Chapter 53
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When Jack sees Zara, she’s just stepped onto the balcony after telling the robber not to do anything silly. Zara feels shocked and uncomfortable—is she developing empathy? She sanitizes... (full context)
Chapter 54
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...inside. Estelle sits on a trunk, says she’s thrilled that they have a female bank robber, and asks what Julia and Anna-Lena have been talking about. When Anna-Lena says they were... (full context)
Chapter 55
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...around in case he has more questions later. Then, Jack asks about the fireworks the robber asked for: this was a really unusual request. Lennart notes that it’s actually unusual to... (full context)
Chapter 57
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...order. Instead, he takes the pizzas up to the apartment and speaks to the bank robber. (full context)
Chapter 58
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...both places. So, Anna-Lena is the first to suggest that they should help the bank robber. Estelle suggests that since there’s no real estate agent in the apartment and the police... (full context)
Chapter 59
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...missed something obvious. Finally, Jim suggests they take a break, but Jack snarls that the robber fooled Jim when he went up with the pizzas. Jack refuses to give up. (full context)
Chapter 60
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...insists the bomb was just Christmas lights, and he says he spoke to the bank robber. He tells Jack what happened, but readers should know that Jim isn’t a great storyteller.... (full context)
Chapter 61
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...vent on top of him, and Anna-Lena also falls over. Roger, Ro, and the bank robber rush over when they hear the noise, and once everyone is standing, Anna-Lena shrieks that... (full context)
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...she was nervous for the showing, so she hid in the closet—and then the bank robber came in and she was so afraid that she climbed up into the vent. Suddenly... (full context)
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...the fireplace while they wait for the pizzas. Looking around at her hostages, the bank robber sighs that they can all go. She’ll let the police take her; she just needed... (full context)
Chapter 62
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The robber says she’ll get the door, but Roger and Ro protest. Roger offers to get the... (full context)
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Just then, the robber apologizes to Estelle: she remembers that Knut was parking the car, and he must be... (full context)
Chapter 63
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...estate agent. Jim passes her a glass of water, and she says she’s not the robber. Nodding, Jim puts a hand on her shoulder and says he knows. He looks ashamed.... (full context)
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Jim joins Jack in the hallway. Jack says the real estate agent must be the robber. Jim says the robber wasn’t in the apartment when Jack stormed in, but she also... (full context)
Chapter 64
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...else, and Ro declares that she and Julia played dumb. Then, Anna-Lena asks if the robber is okay—she saw an officer in the stairwell when they left, and it seemed unlikely... (full context)
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...that she’ll follow soon. A few days later, London gets a letter from the bank robber, apologizing. It means more to her than she can admit. (full context)
Chapter 65
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...in the day, Jim comes downstairs and tells Jack about his conversation with the bank robber. But he doesn’t mess up the story because he’s bad at telling stories. Rather, he’s... (full context)
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When the bank robber opens the door, her hair is the same color as Jim’s daughter’s. They both notice... (full context)
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Jim asks how the robber ended up here. She says she doesn’t know where to start. Jim brushes a tear... (full context)
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The robber says her husband kicked her out; he’s having an affair with her boss, and since... (full context)
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The robber says she’s an idiot; she didn’t want to make a fuss and thought she could... (full context)
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The robber asks why Jim is helping her. Jim says his wife always quoted someone who said... (full context)
Chapter 66
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When the bank robber goes back inside the apartment, almost everyone is laughing (except for Roger, who’s arguing with... (full context)
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...fortunately, he likes fireworks. Everyone stands on the balcony to watch, and Estelle thanks the robber and says Knut would’ve liked this. The robber apologizes for all the trouble and holds... (full context)
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When the fireworks are over and everyone goes back inside, the robber tries to discreetly signal to the real estate agent. But the agent is arguing with... (full context)
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...as she opens another bottle of wine. She repeats this as she stares into the robber’s eyes, and she explains that her lover liked books while Knut liked music. The robber... (full context)
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...in the apartment across the landing—and the new owners never changed the locks. The bank robber is speechless, but Estelle tells her to go hide and then go home to her... (full context)
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The bank robber tries to argue—but before she can leave, Jim knocks on the door. Roger grouses that... (full context)
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...the table, and then forgot about it. After the rest of the hostages left, the robber wiped her prints off of the pistol and set it on the table next to... (full context)
Chapter 67
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...out the front and tells the reporters that he’s solely responsible for losing the bank robber. Jack takes the blame, and Jim feels awful. The detectives from Stockholm arrive the next... (full context)
Chapter 68
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...apartment. Estelle is going to have to give up smoking, because a young woman (the robber) is moving in and won’t let her smoke in the closet. Really, the woman is... (full context)
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...past experiences—people want to believe that they can make better choices tomorrow. The girl (the robber) always thought it was weird that she couldn’t be mad at the robber’s mom. Once,... (full context)
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The girl (the robber) grew up and had daughters of her own, a monkey and a frog. She tried... (full context)
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The next morning, the mom (the robber) found a notebook in her oldest daughter’s backpack. It fell open to a story titled... (full context)
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The mom (the robber) got her daughters to school that day. She didn’t fight her ex-husband or her ex-boss... (full context)
Chapter 72
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It’s a few days after New Year’s Day, and a woman (the robber) leaves a building with her two daughters, laughing. Then, suddenly, the woman stops. Her daughters... (full context)
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Jim says he gets it if Jack wants to arrest the bank robber, but Jack says he just wanted to see her so they can say they both... (full context)