Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 30 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
the Crucifixion. She's a Protestant, so pictures of the Crucifixion really freak her out.
5 guilders. The Vermeers owed her and Pieter 15 guilders for their meat bill, and she got 20 for their earrings.
in the street. Right outside the Vermeer's house, in front of everyone.
he disappears. He gets his boss's wife pregnant. It's not clear whether he's fired or he leaves on his own accord. (It makes sense that he'd be fired, assuming people knew he was the father of the baby.) He's never heard from again.
she does it herself. She can't find anyone to help her, so she has to do it herself, with a needle. Quite painful!
a tile. A special tile her father made, with her and her brother on it.
she's clumsy. She's always knocking things over and breaking them.
Cornelia. She's always looking for ways to make trouble for Griet- snooping, stealing, framing her, etc.
inquires about her family. He finds out where her family lives. After there's a breakout of plague, he's able to warn her that they're in danger.
she's ashamed of her hair. Her hair is wild, and she likens it to a prostitute's.
he makes sexual advances on her. He's attracted to her from the beginning, and makes no secret of his feelings.
Tanneke. He painted her pouring milk.
her father went blind. Her father was a tile maker, and his kiln exploded, blinding him.
5. Materge, Lisbeth, Cornelia, Alyedis, and Johannes.
Cornelia. Cornelia breaks Griet's treasured tile, because of her jealousy and for spite. In real life Vermeer fathered 11 children with his wife Catharina.
Griet's brother. Frans is Griet's younger brother, he works as an apprentice tile maker. He eventually leaves the factory and goes to Rotterdam.
Maria Thins. Maria Thins is the mother of Catharina, Griet's mistress. She is always very interested in Vermeer's paintings and keeps an eye on the goings on of the household.
Her sister. Her sister Agnes dies after a quarantine is placed in her part of town.
Chopping vegetables. She attracts Vermeer's attention when chopping vegetables because she has them separated by color. He often asks her opinion about his paintings, she eventually becomes his assistant and poses for him.
Vermeer. She was hired by Vermeer's wife to help with laundry, cooking and shopping.
16 years old. She 16 years old, the oldest of 3 children.
Pieter the son. Pieter is the son of the butcher, Griet sees him often when she has to go to the market to buy the meat for her mistress's family.
Griet. Griet goes to work as a maid when her father is blinded in a kiln accident. She is The Girl with a Pearl Earring.
1664. In bold numbers on the page before the story begins is "1664".