Outside is a bright day, the sun casts the shadows of those present on the wooden floor (almost an exceptional variant for Peter de Hoch, he writes an ornamented floor in most of the paintings). The window is half shuttered - from prying eyes.
Big high room. The situation is modest, but not poor. On the wall is hanging some kind of a rather large map, to the right is a portrait of a long-haired man with a goatee (who is he for the mistress - husband, father?).
In the background to the right is some kind of incomprehensible structure resembling a canopy. But for a canopy - small size.
On the table covered with a tablecloth - a dish with the remnants of snacks. About men you can not say anything definite: there are no professional signs. Age - slightly over 40. Marital status - most likely both are married. They broke free for a few hours: spend time in pleasant company, drink, smoke a pipe. Well, and then - "the war will show a plan."
The man with his back to the viewer is wearing a black cap on his head (maybe this is a pile, then he is a Jew). His black (rather rich) robe indirectly indicates that he is not a nobleman. What could have connected a wealthy Jew and a poor nobleman? Strong friendship? Hardly. Rather - monetary relations: a nobleman borrowed from a Jew. And not for the first time. And as a reciprocal service offered to reduce it to the available ladies.
At the table against each other - he and she. It seems that she is the mistress. She is wearing a headscarf, which completely covers her hairstyle, but in a very low-cut dress: her chest is raised so it seems to be about to fall out. (The trimmed dress is completely not in the style of Peter de Hoch, on his canvases women, so to speak, are “carefully packed.”)
Her frank outfit suggests that she is a delight for many, including the one who is now sitting against her. Perhaps she is in his possession, but she distributes her caresses to others (and the maid helps her with this)? His impulse is more evil than love. His anger is jealousy, he would like (probably) that she would stay only with him. And for her it is absolutely not necessary. She got used to a free life, she does not want to be dictated to her, with whom and when.
It seems that the visitor got a little wild: the hat was thrown back to the floor, he firmly grabbed the hostess’s hand. In her eyes, turned to the interlocutor, the call is read: “Well, and then what?” What happened between them is completely unclear. Who are they to each other? What does he want from her? What does she want from him?
Maybe he insulted her, she threatened to give him a slap in the face, but did not have time - he grabbed her hand? Or maybe she wanted to stroke his cheek and calm him down, and he stopped her and demanded an explanation?
Quarrel did not occur immediately. Before they had a fight, the company managed to drink and eat (there was a dish with a fork and the rest of the snack on the table) and proceeded to the second (if not the third) jug of wine. He is still full, the maid pours the first glass out of it.
Moreover, this glass of "white" guest who is waiting for his portion of wine. He will have time to drink, smoke a pipe, and something else (maybe) while the pigeons coo. To this end, he carefully looks at the maid, who pours him a glass (probably, the contents of his wallet does not allow him to stare at the hostess).
Not a quarrel, not a reconciliation. “Lovely scolds are just indulging”, “They fought, fought, made peace” ... Perhaps they will make peace. And soon. One more to the world - and ...