Strings of star-pearls draped around a beauteously bejewelled night!
‘The stars were strings of pearls around the neck and arms of the night.’
For another pearly metaphor, see this from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando.
Source: Nikos Kazantzakis, The Last Temptation, trans. P.A. Bien (London: Faber and Faber, 1983), p. 370
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