Share your experience in reading "A Rose for Emily": did the foreshadowings give away the ending for you?

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I really was not expecting the ending, though I started to become suspicious when Emily purchases the arsenic and refuses to say what it was for. Although people in the town think that she is going to use it to take her life, Emily seems far too proud to do anything that would make it appear as though she has been defeated or weakened by her situation. In addition, learning that Emily held on to her father's body for so long after his death, that she did not seem to fully process his death or accept its significance, also throws up some red flags. In short, there are certainly warnings, but the clever way in which the story's events are ordered goes a long way to keeping us from connecting the dots.

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