The tortoiseshell is a valuable article of commerce. To get the turtle to freely yield its beautiful plates the natives kindle a fire upon the animal's back. This is a cruel process, but the fires of affliction may need to be kindled around us and on us to make us yield the precious fruits of the Spirit. We don't like the process of burning, "no affliction for the present seemeth to be joyous, but rather grievous; nevertheless, afterwards it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness" (Heb 12:11).