In the beginning, Miss Emily receives a deputation from the Board of Aldermen. We already know her attitude towards taxes before this. If this anecdote does not advance the plot or offer a clue to the eventual story of Emily and her lover, what function does it serve?
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Answered by Aslan
I think the deputation scene exists to help readers put events in order and find a frame of reference for how the events unfolded. We also see Miss. Emily's resistance to change.