In Water For Elephants, Old Jacob and Charlie with rings argue in the rain outside the circus:
Old Jacob: I'm telling you, I didn't come with the home! Why don't you take those rings out of your head, and maybe you won't be deaf and dumb!
Charlie: Well, it's alive. (Saying this words to his friend who is standing beside him)
Old Jacob: I'm sorry, kid. I didn't mean that. Your rings look very pretty.
What does "it's alive" mean in this conversation?