What does the metaphor "Those are pearls that were his eyes" infer?

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It's act 1, scene 2 of The Tempest , and the lively little sprite Ariel is singing a song. On Propsero's orders Ariel safely led the ship containing Ferdinand, his father Alonso, and the other passengers to shore, where Ferdinand became separated from Alonso. As a result of this separation, Ferdinand believes that his father is dead, drowned in the shipwreck that brought him to Prospero's island. Thankfully, Ferdinand is wrong about this, but for now he's...

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