One thing that was never clear to me was whether Greit was in love with Vermeer or simply admired him a lot. Also, I never got what Vermeer's feelings were supposed to be for Greit. Did he see a great subject, a great maid, a great person or what? I get he was portrayed as attracted to this girl but was there more? And what are we supposed to make of his wanting to see the painting before he died. Was it his wish to see his greatest work or his greatest love? Greit remarks that she see he loves his wife as difficult as she is. And is the gift an apology for the pierced ears, the loss of her job due to his strive for perfection, pushing her into the arms of her butcher, or what?