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It hasn't been mentioned yet that the third object is a straight razor (sometimes referred to as a "cut-throat" razor). Intended for shaving, this tool can certainly be used to kill, as the tableau suggests. But from personal experience I associate razor blades more with self-harm: deliberate injury without suicidal intent.

This interpretation emphasizes the psychological state of someone using self-inflicted violence as a coping mechanism. I think less about the crisis represented by the 10 of Swords, and more about the effect it has on the survivor: how one deals with an experience of loss, pain or misfortune. There are healthy and unhealthy methods of coping with trauma but we must move on, one way or another.
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