The Miniaturist - "The Guilders And The Doll," "Arrival," "The Tale-Teller" Summary & Analysis

Jessie Burton
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Summary

In “The Guilders And The Doll” Nella ponders Agnes’s doll. She recalls Agnes’s jealousy over hearing about Nella’s wedding gift. Leaving the courthouse, Nella is confronted by spectators as “the wife” (318). Frans approaches her and Nella pleads with him to spare Johannes. She brings up his relationship with Marin and attempts to use it as leverage. She then offers a portion of the sugar profits to Frans. Frans is more shocked by the doll Nella has pulled out of her pocket in addition to the money. He recognizes it from Agnes’s cabinet, and is disgusted by it. He says “a cannonball would do less damage to my marriage than those cursed miniatures” (320). He then informs Nella that he ordered the miniaturist to be arrested. Nella curses him and leaves.

In “Arrival,” Nella heads...

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