The author introduces an inscrutable character, Hermann, a protagonist, and tries to makes him so likable, with an intention of carrying away the reader emotionally looking at the consequence of corruption, and makes the reader more leaning to empathize with him Herman when his greed or corrupt behaviors lead to his down-fall. Hermann endeavours to enrich his own self at the expense of others. We see that Herman cannot overcome his greed that eventually corrupts his heart and soul. To begin with, he deceives Lizaveta and he even has no regrets for his actions. Even besides frightening the old woman to death with his behavior, he has no remorse for her death and he is still persistent to master the secret of the card even if it meant carrying the lifetime yoke of a horrific indulgence but winning the fortune.
In cartomancy, the queen of spades is considered to be a sign of intelligence. It is representative of judgment that is practical, logical, and intellectual. It represents a woman who is creative and makes her plans ahead of time. In this way, the spade is associated with the occult as well which emphasizes the sinister side of the suit. The spade tattoo can also be a pretty dark tattoo when the owner wants it to be.