• Girl With a Pearl Earring Summary. The novel is narrated in the first person by a sixteen-year-old girl named Griet, who lives in the Dutch city of Delft . The story opens in the year 1664 when Griet is abruptly informed that she will be starting work as a maid in the home of the Dutch painter Vermeer and his wife Catharina.

The Girl with the Pearl Earrings by Tracy Chevalier