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The novel Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier chronicles the young life of a woman named Griet as she travels through a journey full of love hate jealousy hardship and other experiences throughout her work as a maid She is employed at the famous painter Vermeers very large household Catharina plays a main role in the house and is Vermeers stuck-up housewife who gives birth to many children Her mother Maria Thins is wiser and conducts most of the familys business manners Griet is constantly quarrelling with another maid named Tanneke who gets very jealous of Griet at times as does Catharina and her daughter Cornelia Cornelia is almost an exact replica of Catharinas stuck-up and snobby personality Throughout the novel Griet Catharina Tanneke and Cornelia compete over their presence in the mind of Vermeer Griet wins this battle but in an essence also loses the battle because everyone in the household is trying to get rid of her Griet is admired the most by Vermeer which is something that she likes but also places her in the most volatile position of the household Cornelia is always seeking ways to get Griet into trouble with her mother Catharina She secretly searches all day for any way to annoy or disturb Griet This is in part because of her jealousy towards Griet and partly towards wanting to be closer with her father Vermeer It is evident that Cornelia doesnt just have a grudge against maids because she is only looking for ways to be a nuisance only with Griet never with Tanneke Griet even says that Cornelia was out to get her Cornelia had been waiting some time for this mischief She had even managed somehow to get up in the attic and steal the powder 113 This is the event in which Cornelia steals some of the red powder that Griet has been grinding for Vermeer and smudges it all over Griets
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