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A Rose for Emily
by William Faulkner
Miss Emily Grierson Timeline and Summary
Miss Emily's funeral is held. The story goes back in time to the point when Miss Emily's father dies, and her taxes are remitted. The tax collectors come to Miss Emily's house. A few years later, Miss Emily's house begins to reek. The townsmen sprinkle lime in her yard to cover up a bad smell. The smell goes away. We go back in time again to the point when Miss Emily's father dies and leaves her no money, only the family house. Miss Emily refuses to believe he is dead, but eventually realizes it's true. She meets Homer Barron. Later, she buys arsenic from the pharmacy. She buys men's toilet items and clothing. Homer Barron is seen going into her house but not leaving. Emily remains cooped up in her house for a long time. When she emerges, her hair has turned gray. She gives painting lessons. She stops giving painting lessons She completely stops leaving the house. She dies. Her funeral is held. The townspeople break down the door of her upstairs room and find the corpse of Homer Barron.