Because of William Faulkner's manipulation of time, his Gothic masterpiece,"A Rose for Emily," is an expansive, albeit compact story. It covers nearly three-quarters of a century. Framing all this time is death, Emily's father's and her own.
Section I--1894 - Colonel Sartoris remitted the taxes for the Griersons.
Section II --Father dies. three days later he is buried.
Section III--Emily is sick for a while. Homer Barron arrives.
The aunts arrive. Emily purchases a man's toilette set.
Section IV-- The aunts depart. Homer returns after a three-day absence
Section III--Emily buys poison.
Section IV--Emily is not seen much for six or seven years; she gives sporadic china painting lessons.
Section II-Emily vanquishes the tax collectors
Sections I and V-Emily dies.