The conflict that this particular situation represents is the external conflict of man vs. society. In this case, it would be Emily versus the changing society of Jefferson County.
Back in the days when Emily's father, Mr. Grierson, was alive, he and Colonel Sartoris were in friendly terms. When Grierson died, it was generally accepted that the man was a well-known person of influence in the county, albeit not a very well-liked person. Yet, for reasons that are still not quite clear, Colonel Sartoris decides to concoct a story that Miss Emily is exempt from paying taxes as a way to repay back money that her father had presumably loaned the county. This is a tale that the townsfolk narrator does not believe.
Only a man of Colonel...
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