An oyster leads a dreadful but exciting life.
Indeed, his chance to live at all is slim, and if he should survive the arrows of his own outrageous fortune and in the two weeks of his carefree youth find a clean smooth place to fix on, the years afterwards are full stress, passion, and danger.
(The oyster) has eight enemies, not counting man who is the greatest… .
Life is hard, we say. An oyster’s life is worse.
-from Consider the Oyster by M.F.K. Fisher.