The Miniaturist - "Empty Rooms," "The Canker In The Orchard," "Degrees Of Being Alive," "Millstone" Summary & Analysis

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The next morning, in “Empty Rooms,” Lysbeth helps Nella and Cornelia prepare Marin’s body for burial. Nella chooses to bury Marin with the map of Africa kept in her room. The rest of Marin’s curiosities will be preserved, as they will someday belong to Thea. After they finish the preparations, Nella is alone and considers her cabinet. At first, she thought it was an insult. Then, it became her solace. Nella retrieves a hammer from Otto’s tool cabinet, and smashes the cabinet into pieces. She destroys the miniatures as well, including the dolls except for Otto, Marin, and Johannes.

That evening, in “The Canker In The Orchard,” Cornelia goes to visit Johannes in prison. Nella goes to see Pastor Pellicorne about Marin’s burial. She lies and says that Marin...

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