A Rose for Emily
by William Faulkner
Judge Stevens gets one of the best lines in the story: "Dammit, sir, will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?" (2.9) Given everything the town knows at this point, the smell should have generated a warrant to inspect her home. He's portrayed as an older, (he's 80), powerful, and a very southern man, and he raises a little question.OK, we know that Colonel Sartoris was the mayor when Emily's father died, and we know that it was two years later that the townspeople began complaining about the smell. The town could have changed mayors in two years, but would they have elected a mayor that was eighty years old? We challenge you to figure this out.