What hints are given in Section I that "A Rose for Emily" takes place in South?

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The first major hint, or evidence that the story takes place in the south is who the author is, William Faulkner.  Born in Mississippi in 1897, he used his own family as a model for the story.  His great-grandfather was the inspiration for Colonel Sartoris. 

Within the first section of the story, there are indications that the story takes place in the South.  The following passages make reference to the "Negro." Blacks are clearly segregated and relegated to a lower class role, like the former slaves that they are. 

"Colonel Sartoris, the mayor--he who fathered the edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron-remitted her taxes, the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity." (Faulkner) 

Later in the story, mention of the Negro who works in Miss Emily's house also gives an indication that the story is set in the South.

"They were admitted by the old Negro into a dim hall from which a stairway mounted into still more shadow." (Faulkner)

"The Negro led them into the parlor." (Faulkner) 

"When the Negro opened the blinds of one window, they could see that the leather was cracked;" 

Three times in one paragraph Faulkner refers to the servant as the Negro, he is not mentioned by name.  This suggests the residual resentment that long lingered in the South when they were defeated in the Civil War.  

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