The Pearl

How is the town becoming like the scorpion ?

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The town became sick and jealous with envy over Kino's good fortune; its envy grew like the venom produced in a scorpion.

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"The news stirred up something infinitely black and evil in the town; the black distillate was like the scorpion, or like hunger in the smell of food, or like loneliness when love is withheld. The poison sacs of the town began to manufacture venom, and the town swelled and puffed with the pressure of it."