Emily had solutions, but they certainly weren't very good ones. When her father dies, she refuses to give him up, keeping the body in her house for several hot, summer days until his forced removal by a group of concerned citizens. When her taxes become due, she simply claims that "I have no taxes in Jefferson" and rudely dismisses the responsibility. When all of the other houses on her block are torn down and replaced by "garages and cotton gins," she stays put, allowing her house to deteriorate, isolated from other neighbors. When Homer refuses to marry her, Emily finds a way to keep him with her anyway. When "the smell" develops about her house, she ignores it, allowing others to deal with her problem.