The Question and Answer section for Girl With a Pearl Earring is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Girl With a Pearl Earring is set in the Netherlands, specifically, the city of Delft in Southern Holland. The actions takes place during the 17th Century.
Cornelia does not like Griet's presence in their home. She does not like the relationship she perceives between Griet and her father, and thus, sets about trying get Griet into trouble and thrown out of their home. Cornelia steals items and plants...
Catharina will not allow Griet to visit her family because there has been an outbreak of plague. She forbids Griet to visit them until after the threat of contamination has passed.