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A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily

by William Faulkner

Versions of Reality Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

Only a man of Colonel Sartoris' generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it. (1.3)

This sentence reflects an aspect of the narrator's peculiar bias. The Colonel's trick has been used before and will be used again. When people are desperate, men or women, they will believe many things, as long as these things are put in just the right way.

Quote #2

[Miss Emily:] "See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson." (1.12)

Although Miss Emily couldn't bring back the dead Colonel, she could sure make her version of the reality remained the reality. She never paid taxes in Jefferson.

Quote #3

"Dammit, sir," Judge Stevens said, "will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?" (2.9)

We know that this version of reality (covering up the smell) is no longer regarded as a suitable way to deal with a crime. The question is, did the Judge know the cause of the stench at the moment, or not?

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