The Pearl Earring

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The novel The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier has an interesting, unique tone that is clearly expressed by its picturesque and meticulous word choice, imagery and details. The novel is set in the 17th century of Holland in a small town called Deft and is told from the perspective of sixteen-year old Griet who explores the world of art and painters, and the complexity behind the world that seems so simple to outsiders. A particular scene comes to mind and best embodies a somber, tense tone and mood between the characters in the novel. On page 215, it is in the middle of the climax and an exciting moment of action in which where Griet is involved in a fight between her employers the painter Johannes Vermeer and his wife Catharina.

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