The voice of the town identifies Emily as a "tradition a duty, and a care". The men and women of the town acted differently to Miss Emily, a sort of hereditary obligation that triggers a memory. In 1894 Colonel Sartoris had remitted her taxes, but generations change within the story, the values also change. The values changed so much that the next generation, feeling no hereditary obligation attempts to collect these reportedly remitted taxes.
The encounter between the next generation with its more modern ideas, and the aged Miss Emily gives the first visual details of the inside of the house and a glimpse of her. Inside was a dusty, dank desolate realm dominated by the presence of the crayon portrait of her father. Miss Emily was described as a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head. Her skeleton was small and spare: perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough (116). In the confrontation between the generations when... [continues]
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