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The presence of a moving clock indicates the passing of time, here just in the narrative. But it’s worth remembering that timepieces are also artistic reminders of mortality, which seems especially appropriate here. Hourglasses are common in memento mori, and candles burning down can also serve that allegorical function.
The themes all swirl around, they do.