GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING
Thesis; During the story the main character Griet changes a lot in her behaviour and attitude towards her environment.
The shiness of Griet in the beginning towards Vermeer
| ‘No, Sir’ I hesitated. I could not say why I had laid out the vegetables as I did. I simply set them as I felt they should be, but I was too frightened to say so to a gentleman’
| ‘I did not want him to think I was idle’
She hides under her cap 2
| ‘The man poling the boat called out a greeting me. I merely nodded and lowered my head so that the edge of my cap hid my face’
| ‘When Catharina narrowed her eyes I realised she knew everything I was thinking. I turned my head so that my cap hid my face’
| She is Protestant and sleeps in a room with a Catholic painting at the end of her bed
| ‘I could not imagine sleeping in the room with the painting. I wanted to take it down but did not dare’
| Her behaviour starts to change, she sounds like Catharina3
| ‘I did not like her tone, nor what she said. ‘Please wake him and tell him his sister is here.’ I demanded. I sounded a bit like Catharina.’
| For the first time she let her thoughts truly reveal to herself about Vermeer5
| ‘I did not like to think of him in that way. With his wife and children. I preferred tot hink of him alone in his studio. Or not alone, but with only me’
| She becomes a better lyer, and does do this more often
| ‘My mother looked at me reproachfully. She knew when I lied. I was getting better at it, though’
| Vermeer shows hints that he wants to paint/look at Griet
| ‘One morning while I was cleaning he came in and asked me to stand in for the baker’s daugther, who had taken ill and could not come. ‘I want to look for a moment’ He explained. ‘Someone must stand there’
| How much has changed since a couple of months
| ‘How much has changed since that morning, I thought. I had not even seen one of his paintings since then. Now I am standing in one’
| She is ashamed towards Vermeer.
| ‘I reluctantly set out the colours he asked for each morning. One day I put out a blue as well. The second time I laid it out he said to me: ‘No ultramarine, Griet. Only the colours I asked for’ ‘Im sorry, Sir. ‘When I am ready I will ask’ My chest hurt. I did not want him to be angy with me.
| First touch
| ‘He placed his hands over mine. The shock of his touch made me drop the muller, which rolled of the table and fell on the floor.’
| Griet is able to sleep in the studio, and frequently comes up with excuses to hang around there.
| ‘Maria Thins each time gave me that sideways look when I made an excuse, but did not command. I began to get used to lying’
| Relationship with Vermeer concerning the painting
| ‘I grew used to being around him. Sometimes we stood side by side in the small room, me grinding white lead, him washing lapis.’
| She starts to fall in love with Vermeer. 6
| ‘I did not mind the cold so much when he was there. When he stood close to me I could feel the warmth of his body’
| She commands Tanneke
| ‘Tanneke, I said, if you know what’s best for you, you’ll not disturb Catharina, you’ll speak to Maria Thins. Alone, not in front of the girls’
| She is becoming more bold and daring in her behaviour
| ‘I went up to Pieter. ‘Why are you here?’ Knowing I should be more polite. ‘Helo Griet, no pleasant words for me?’ ‘Why are you here?’
| Griet is very sad
| ‘Don’t worry, Father. You are not losing me’ ‘We’ve already lost you Griet. We lost you the moment you became a maid.’ I was glad he cold not see the tears that pricked my eyes’
| She shows interest to Vermeer instead of Pieter.
| ‘On those Sundays I felt very confused. When I should be listening to Pieter, I found myself thinking about my master’
| Shows best how bold she became, she wants to change something in Vermeers...
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