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‘The Miniaturist’ Star and Author Weigh in on Marin’s Secret and Her Clandestine Life in the Shadows

‘The Miniaturist’ Star and Author Weigh in on Marin’s Secret and Her Clandestine Life in the Shadows

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Miniaturist” Episode 2.]

In its first outing, “The Miniaturist” revealed that wealthy trader Johannes Brandt (Alex Hassell) harbored a huge secret that could spell social ruin and very possibly lead to his own death. It turns out that his sister Marin (Romola Garai) has her own potentially damaging secret that she divulged to her sister-in-law Nella (Anya Taylor-Joy) by the end of the second episode.

Marin is pregnant, which is an unexpected development since she’s unmarried and has made a show of being strict, devout, and endlessly judgmental. Her having an illicit sexual relationship isn’t the first time that the Brandts had lived outside of the rigid 17th-century Dutch rules for propriety. Everyone in the household had been helping to hide the fact that Johannes is gay, and only by accident did Nella discover his sexuality and that she had been brought in as his beard.

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