In the story "Red Wind" by Raymond Chandler, why are the pearls so important to Lola?

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The Los Angeles of Raymond Chandler was a hopelessly corrupt, venal world. Chandler was one of the originators of the genre known as “noir,” dark, irredeemable, typically populated by at least one manipulative woman capable of murder. Los Angeles is a coastal city constructed amid vast desert landscapes, an artificial island influenced by the strong Santa Ana winds that blow red dust that chokes those unfortunate enough to be outside when the winds are at their worst. Chandler’s short story “Red Wind” is classic Chandler. A constant of Chandler’s stories is the private investigator Philip Marlowe, through whose eyes and narrative the depressing depictions of this huge city are described. The woman at the center of “Red Wind” is Lola, a beautiful femme fatale, the love of whose life had given her a collection of pearls before his death. Chandler describes the pearls as follows during a passage in which Marlowe is driving with this mysterious woman who will be introduced as...

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