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William Faulkner

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Fallen Monument?

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When Miss Emily Grierson 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 cook — had seen in at least ten years.

The phrase "fallen monument" in the first sentence is BEST read as

A

a metaphor for Miss Emily's faded beauty.

B

a metaphor for the respect warranted by Miss Emily's former status.

C

a simile for the traditions of the South.

D

a simile for the town's hatred of the Grierson family.

E

an image that represents the villainy of the South and the Grierson name.