The living creature portrayed in this drawing is a mosquito, to be exact an
anopheles, or malaria mosquito. We can see this from the way it sticks up its
hind legs. This is the first strange coincidence, for from the first series of pictures
we know that it was in December that the scene occurred, and this insect is rather
rare in Holland in winter. We notice that there is a little cut in the girl's finger.
Right in the center of the tiny square in the middle is a minute white spot. It
is a grain of salt which stuck to the girl's hand, having been left there, we may
assume, after she ate her lunch. As it is not exactly the thing we would most
expect to find there, it will be evident that there is a special reason for choosing
it. That reason will appear later.
1 cm. in picture = 1 cm. in actuality. Scale: "life size" = 1:1 = 1:100