Additionally, Emily's description as a "vision of the past", and her house as a "monument" of the Old South give the reader a sensation of nostalgia and loss which added up to her persona of mystery. We only get tidbits of information about her family, such as the fact that her father was authoritarian and controlled her life, and that her boyfriend, Homer, was disliked. We also wonder about that. How come she ended up with Homer? What inner fascination did Emily have with a man of that class? It is what we know that gives her that air of mystery, but what we do not know is left to a lot of scary thoughts.