Selected Short Stories - A Rose for Emily Summary & Analysis

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A Rose for Emily Summary

Miss Emily Grierson, the short, plump daughter of the late Colonel Sartoris, dies after living her entire life in the large frame house built by her father in 1894 and willed to her upon his death. Colonel Sartoris, as mayor, agrees with the town that in exchenge for his many services during the war, taxes upon the property will be suspended until the debt is paid off. Miss Emily, believing her father's statement that no taxes will ever need to be paid, refuses year after year to pay them when she receives notices from the trax collector. Her house is dark, still and filled with layers of dust so thick that objects can hardly be made out. Her funeral provides an opportunity for towns people to reflect on her life and to swap stories that will help fill...

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