“My name is Pearl,” said Pearl. “I wear these pearls because, well, people expect it with a name like mine. ‘Look for Pearl in the Pearls,’ they always say.”

“Well, my given name is Beatrix,” said Pearl, “but I’ve always loved pearls ever since I was a little girl. Go my family got to calling me ‘Pearl’ and that’s the name I’ve answered to for 40 years.”

“That’s all well and good,” said the man at the lost and found. “But it still doesn’t tell me who these pearls belong to. The guy that dropped it off just said ‘Pearl’s pearls,’ and that’s it.”

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