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"The more I scrubbed the key, the more vivid grew the stain"
"I saw the heart-shaped stained had transferred itself to my forehead"

Pg33/Pg36
Possible interpretations:
The stain is a symbol of the narrator's unforgivable disobedience
A magical element to the story, typical of a fairytale
Links to the suggestion of sin through association with the mark of Cain