The Pearl

How is the news of the pearl compared to the poisonous sting of the scorpion?

Chapter 3

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There is a sickness to both the sting and the pearl. As the scorpion sting makes the baby ill, The Pearl infects the town with greed and jealousy,“The dreams, speculation, the schemes, the plans, the futures, the wishes, the deeds, the lusts, the hungers of everyone.”