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While disagreeing with none of the above, I would like to add further ideas.

-The ink in the inkwell looks so very black, like the fireplace in The Devil--and noxious. Makes me think of poison pen letters, and the devastation they can cause without contact with the victim at all. Cyberbullying is a modern version of poison pen letters. (This morning's news reports someone tampering with the Rehtaeh Parsons Wikipedia page...anonymous "fact"-changing now, on top of cyberbullying.)

-The phrase "the pen is mightier than the sword" pops into mind. But the bloody calligraphic swash on the wall, reminiscent of a Marseilles arrangement of ten swords, makes me think that the sword did its best here to belie that saying.
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