In Chapter 21
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Miss Emma want him to die like a man so that she can be proud of him.
A Lesson Before Dying
She does not want Jefferson to die like an animal. She does not want him to give anybody the satisfaction of seeing him as less of a man. Miss Emma wants to teach Jefferson how to walk to his death like a man. She goes to Mr. Pichot and asks him to ask his brother in law, the sheriff, to allow Grant, his aunt, herself, and the reverend to visit Jefferson.