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Discuss the setting of Delft, Netherlands. How did Tracy Chevalier make this historical city come alive in the story? How does the setting tie into the themes of art and beauty in this novel? How would the story change if it were set in a different city? Do you feel the classification of this novel as "historical" is accurate? Why or why not?

Throughout the novel, Griet feels divided between her old life with her family and her new life with the Vermeers. How did Griet's life change when she moved to Papists' Corner? What does she miss most about her old life with her family? What does she appreciate most about her new life with the Vermeers? In the end, which life better suits Griet? How can you tell?

Discuss Vermeer's attraction to Griet. How was his attention different than the attention she received from Pieter...

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