In "A Rose for Emily," what does Miss Emily do to make the townspeople think that she and her boyfriend have wed?

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For a period of time Miss Emily dated a man named Homer Barron. The foreman of a construction company, he was in town to pave the town's sidewalks, but he lived in the North. He took Emily out riding in his buggy on Sunday afternoons, but the townspeople heard that he had said he was not the marrying kind, so they thought it was inappropriate for Emily to be seen with him so openly.

However, since the townspeople spread around every tidbit of information about the taciturn and somewhat reclusive woman, soon everyone knew that Miss Emily had made some purchases of men's items from the jeweler. She even had these items engraved with the initials H.B., so people knew they must be for Homer. Because the items purchased were part of "a men's toilet set in silver," the townspeople assumed they were Emily's wedding gift to Homer. A toilet set is a grooming set; it may have contained such things as a hand mirror, hair brush, clothes brush, shoe...

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