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A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily


by William Faulkner

Colonel Sartoris

Character Analysis

The Colonel is the guy who initially dreamed up the scheme to relieve Emily of her tax obligations when her father died. That was a nice thing to do. But, this same Colonel, the mayor, "who," we are told also "fathered the edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron" (1.3). That's not so nice. Unfortunately, the coexistence of these two modes was the norm in those days among powerful political figures