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When a woman approaches childbirth, she approaches not just possible death, but the death of life as it was before. The skeleton seems to be looming over her, watching, waiting, inevitable.

Is the Empress pregnant? Her back is turned to the skeleton, is the skeleton the death that she doesn't even know she fears?

Her face looks like she is trying to be happy, as if one is supposed to be happy while bring in and nurturing new life, but her eyes look a bit insane (I always equate insanity with seeing the whites of the eyes from underneath)
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