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...ble meanings of “sweet or cherished” (Petry 53), she also states that Terry Heller, another literary source, stated that it could also mean “costly” (53). Petry connects the adjective “dear” to the first part of the story:
That we see Emily refusing to pay her municipal taxes, despite a direct confrontation with the Board of Aldermen. The second adjective, “inescapable,” refers to the incident of “the smell” in Part II: as the body of Homer Barron decomposes, the town cannot escape this graphic testimony to Emily’s presence in the community. The third adjective, “impervious,” would serve as an ideal title for Part III: Emily stonily refuses to concede to the law in the regard to the purchase of poison (53).
I thought this was a brilliant connection that Petry made and I completely agree with all of her connections made with the adjectives and the time of the story.
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