a sixteen-year old girl working as a servant in the Vermeer household, is the protagonist and narrator in the novel.
a Dutch painter.
Johannes Vermeer's wife.
the Vermeers' other older household servant who initially guides Griet through her duties.
Vermeer's eldest daughter who befriends Griet.
the Vermeer's second daughter who antagonizes Griet throughout her stay
the butcher's son who is in love with Griet
a patron of Vermeer who molests maids. His eye is caught by Griet, and he requests a portrait of her
Griet's 10-year-old sister who dies of the plague.
is a blind tile-painter
Griet's older brother that works at a tile factory as an apprentice