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What relationship do the townspeople have with Emily's father when he is still alive in "A Rose for Emily"?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 23, 2013 at 12:11 AM (Answer #1)

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Emily’s father is rarely seen when he was alive, and he drives all the young men away from marrying her.

Miss Emily is a reclusive lady who has not left her house in years. 

Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town.

She never married, although at one point it was thought she would marry Homer Barron.  He disappeared, and it wasn’t until later that his mummified corpse was discovered in her house when she died.

Apparently, Emily believed that the town was beholden to her.  She did not pay her taxes, and one of the mayors came up with a story to explain why.

Colonel Sartoris invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily's father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying.

When the younger generation tried to get Miss Emily to pay her taxes, she simply tolf them he has none and they can do nothing about it.  Some people felt that "the Griersons held themselves a little too high for what they really were."  Her father's attitude transferred to her.

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