We have been speaking in class about the power of expectations. Whom do you think has the most power in Vermeer's household? How does this person relate to others? Does this person have a lot of preconceived notions and expectations about people? Do these expectations help this person or hinder them? Do the people this person has power over submit to their power, or do they fight against thieir power?
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Is there a difference between secret and shared expectations? Do secrets allow expectations to be built up, and are they used by some characters to build up expectations? Discuss an example of a secret expectation from the novel and think about how it changes when the secret becomes shared.