The Pearl

to what evil does the author compare the evil in the story

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The author compares the news traveling through town to a scorpion.

"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."