No, not the cane- it’s obvious what’s going on there. I’m more curious about the mug. What is that for? Will she have to wait as he drinks, anxious to get the punishment over with but forced to contemplate the impending punishment until he sees fit to deal with her?
Or is she trying to appease him with his favorite beverage, hoping to gain a bit of leniency (though I do hope it did not take too long to prepare- that plan could easily backfire amid accusations of attempts to delay justice).
Or is it just a vessel for a burning concoction with a more sinister purpose?
If this were me, the heels, the steps, and the lack of lid would make it fairly obvious that this is clearly the second try to make this delivery, this time without the clothing that was moistened after the first failed attempt and post-reprimand of how one should be patient and careful when carrying hot liquids. Of course there is a stronger reminder still to come, though that’s assuming I could actually make it up this time. The nerves definitely wouldn’t help matters this time around.