The other pen is black:Which one should---or will---Raymond use? This is not as ridiculous a question as it might seem. Raymond's choice will be determined by his character. So how well do I know Raymond's character? Well enough to know which pen he would prefer? I don't seem to know for sure right now---after all, I brought both pens home---or is it Raymond himself who can't decide? Clearly, I need to have another chat with him.
And a slight quibble is ruffling my perfectionist self: Being ball-points, these pens are not even quasi-Victorian, let alone historically-accurate-Victorian. But in reply to that bothersome thought, I remind myself of two comments that I carry around with me as I'm creating. One of them was made by my son, a movie-maker. He said, "I'm creating an illusion---not reality." The other was made by my maternal grandmother. She used to say, "It won't be seen on a galloping horse."
If it happens that the art store, where I'm going tomorrow, carries pencils of the proper length and diameter---well, then, Raymond and I will have still more discussions on this fascinating topic.