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She also has the whip, with which to punish herself. Hmm:

By the way, I think one interpretation is that the young woman we see has, in a sense, been "bought" - I suspect she has married for money. She is now having her doubts about whether this was such a great move.

Edited to say. Sorry, I am not being very clear. I mean, yes, she has the skull and the whip (and the hair partly concealing the bare breasts) that are attributes of the penitent Magdalen.

I never really considered how very appropriate this was to this card - I was focused far more on the main figure - so this is fascinating.
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