This character, the novel's protagonist, is a young woman from Assendelft, a pastoral area of the Netherlands. Soon after her eighteenth birthday, this character is married to a man and is sent to live with him in Amsterdam. She is an idealistic young woman, who has concrete ideas of what she wants her future to look like: a romantic marriage full of love and children and a traditional role as a wife. As the novel progresses, this character must reevaluate her idea of what it means to be both a wife and a woman, as her expectations of these things are completely altered by the non-traditional family in which she finds herself. She gradually realizes her power as an individual and develops a sense of purpose that extends beyond servitude to her husband.
This character is the sister of the protagonist's husband. She is a strict and...
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