What is the author trying to impress on the reader from the first lines of the text "A Rose for Emily"? Thank you!

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The first line of Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" reads: "When Mis Emily Greirson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant -- a combined gardener and a cook -- had seen in at least ten years."

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