In "A Rose for Emily," how did Emily's father treat the young men who wanted to date her?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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According to the narrator, the Griersons "held themselves a little too high for what they really were." They considered themselves to be a higher class than most of the other people in the town. As a result, there was not a young man in town who was "quite good enough" for Emily. For that reason, we can't say how Mr. Grierson treated the men who wanted to date her, because there weren't any until Homer Barron came to town. We know this because the narrator tells us: "So when she got to be thirty and was still single, we were not pleased exactly, but vindicated; even with insanity in the family she wouldn't have turned down all of her chances if they had really materialized."

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Her father had chased all her possible suitors away, and when the father died, Emily was in such denial that it took the townspeople three days to persuade her to give up here father’s body. The summer after her father's death, Emily met Homer Barron, a Yankee construction foreman. Their affair shocked the town. Withdrawn from the society and living in seclusion, Miss Emily guards what she most loves, and what her own father would have deprived his child.