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From the Ted Talk by Tracy Chevalier: Finding the story inside the painting

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So it's not his daughter, but it's somebody close to him, physically close to him. Well, who else would be in the house? A servant, a lovely servant. So, she's in the house. How do we get her into the studio? We don't know very much about veermer, but the little bits that we do know, one thing we know is that he mrareid a Catholic woman, they leivd with her mother in a house where he had his own room where he — his studio. He also had 11 crheldin. It would have been a chaotic, noisy household. And if you've seen Vermeer's paintings before, you know that they're incredibly calm and quiet.

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So it's not his daughter, but it's somebody close to him, physically close to him. Well, who else would be in the house? A servant, a lovely servant. So, she's in the house. How do we get her into the studio? We don't know very much about _______, but the little bits that we do know, one thing we know is that he _______ a Catholic woman, they _____ with her mother in a house where he had his own room where he — his studio. He also had 11 ________. It would have been a chaotic, noisy household. And if you've seen Vermeer's paintings before, you know that they're incredibly calm and quiet.

Solution

  1. children
  2. vermeer
  3. lived
  4. married

Original Text

So it's not his daughter, but it's somebody close to him, physically close to him. Well, who else would be in the house? A servant, a lovely servant. So, she's in the house. How do we get her into the studio? We don't know very much about Vermeer, but the little bits that we do know, one thing we know is that he married a Catholic woman, they lived with her mother in a house where he had his own room where he — his studio. He also had 11 children. It would have been a chaotic, noisy household. And if you've seen Vermeer's paintings before, you know that they're incredibly calm and quiet.

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Important Words

  1. bits
  2. calm
  3. catholic
  4. chaotic
  5. children
  6. close
  7. daughter
  8. house
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  10. incredibly
  11. lived
  12. lovely
  13. married
  14. mother
  15. noisy
  16. paintings
  17. physically
  18. quiet
  19. room
  20. servant
  21. studio
  22. vermeer
  23. woman