What is the dominant impression/mood of the story "A Rose For Emily"?

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The mood of "A Rose for Emily" is nostalgic, then suspenseful, and then alarming. Gothic themes build suspense while key points in the story mark the shifts in mood. For example, when Faulkner describes the changes in the old South and how Emily's house is an eyesore and a relic of the past, the mood is nostalgic. When the speaker narrates the attempted intervention of Emily's family, the town's reaction, how controlling Emily's father was, and how strangely she took his death, these events spark curiosity and readers begin to speculate. Then, when rumors fly about Homer's disappearance, suspense builds until the end, which is most alarming as we discover that Emily again attempted to prevent someone from leaving her, this time by poisoning her boyfriend and keeping his body next to her bed until her death.

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