Nicole, to me that picture suggest a larger image, it can be someone practicing for an examination, reviewing important notes, and the gesture is very relaxed, confident and peaceful. The notes are very well written (from a calligraphy point of view) so to me it shows the last check before an examination, of someone very secure of their knowledge. It is not a big deal, but not always it does have to be it, right? I find it reassuring, peaceful and intimate. Take care.