Monday, February 12, 2007

How You Define It

"To the poet, a pearl is a tear of the sea; to the Orientals, it is a drop of dew solidified; to the ladies, it is a jewel of an oblong shape, of a brilliancy of mother-of-pearl substance, which they wear on their fingers, their necks, or their ears; for the chemist, it is a mixture of phosphate and carbonate of lime, with a little gelatine; and lastly, for naturalists, it is simply a morbid secretion of the organ that produces the mother-of-pearl among certain bivalves." Excerpt from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

Although I technically fit with the ladies, I think I will join the fleet of the Poetic Orientals on this one. What about you?

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