In "A Rose for Emily," the townspeople narrate the story in the following order, beginning with her death:
- Miss Emily dies
- The aldermen visit her about her taxes.
- Miss Emily give painting lessons.
- Her father dies.
- Homer Baron disappears.
- The aldermen apply lime around her house.
- Homer Barson arrives in town.
- Miss Emily asks the druggist for poison.
- The townspeople discover the bridal sweet.
Obviously, this is not in chronological order, because Emily is introduced as dead, and then the collective narrators flash back to her earlier life. However, Homer Baron's event are in a kind of chronology: he is first introduced, then said to have disappeared, and then, at the end, we find his bones in the bed.
If Faulkner would have put Miss Emily's events in chronogical order, it would have culminated in her death, not his, thereby undercutting the horrifying discovery that the townspeople make (Miss Emily lying in bed with Homer Baron's corpse). It should have been no mystery that Emily died, or Homer for that matter. It should have been no mystery that Emily poisoned Homer. The mystery comes when we discover her necrophelia.