The author poured his own painful experience into the image of an oyster. He was especially fascinated by pearl oysters: when a potential threat enters them, they form a pearl sac around it in defense, which is how pearls are made. Some say that pearls are the tears of the sea. Drowning in his own sea of tears, the author took cue from the pearl oysters, with their defense mechanism an inspiration for his own. At the same time, the pictures remind him that even a bad experience can lead to beauty, and instead of rejecting pain, he accepts it.