Tracy Chevalier

Girl With a Pearl Earring

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Girl With a Pearl Earring Part Two: 1665 Summary & Analysis

Part Two Summary: 1665

“1665” opens in March of that year, during one of Griet’s visits home. Her father, who “was often impatient during March, waiting for winter to end, the cold to ease, the sun to reappear ” (92).

We learn that the real reasonTanneke is not happy with Griet is because she has been assisting Vermeer for two months in his studio. The assistance began on one of the coldest days in January, when Griet is tasked with going to the apothecary to get medicine for the babies’ coughs. Vermeer asks her to get painting supplies as well when she is there, something which he has always done for himself. Upset by her father’s trust in Griet, Cornelia breaks the tile Griet’s father had painted,that was modeled on her and her brother Frans: “When I opened the tile came apart in two pieces. It had been broken so that the girl and boy were separated from each other, the boy now looking behind him at nothing, the girl all alone, her face hidden by her cap” (97).

After this first errand to the apothecary, Vermeer relies on Griet more and more, and even asks her to start laying out his paints in the morning after she cleans. One morning, he asks her to stand in for the regular model, who is ill.It is during this time that…

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