In "A Rose for Emily," what is the nature of the conflict between Emily Grierson and the Board of Aldermen in the town of Jefferson?

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The nature of the conflict between Miss Emily Grierson and Jefferson's Board of Alderman concerns her refusal to pay her taxes. Following the death of Miss Emily's father, Colonel Sartoris remitted her taxes in 1894 "into perpetuity" as a gesture of courtesy and sympathy. Colonel Sartoris fabricated a story about Miss Emily's father loaning the town money in the past and told Miss Emily that remitting her taxes was Jefferson's way of repaying her father. Colonel Sartoris's gesture is a remnant of the Old South's culture, which has dramatically changed as the newer generation of Jeffersonians assumes power. Miss Emily is also a figure of the Old South and refuses to conform to the newer generation's culture or...

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