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

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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There are some reasons. First, poor Lola really thought the pearls were real. We find out that they were actually fakes made with bohemian glass. Secondly, they had been the gift of a lover who passed away, and she always held cherished memories of him. The pearls, she thought, were like an utmost symbol of love and status. When the pearls were stolen, she was much worried about their whereabouts.