What is the name of Miss Emily’s manservant?

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pirateteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In "A Rose for Emily" there is only person who remains her constant companion.  This is her manservant, Tobe.  He is the one the people blame for the strange smells after her friend, Homer Barron disappears, and the ladies in town are shocked that Miss Emily allows her black servant to keep her kitchen.  Once Miss Emily dies, he opens the door to let the townspeople in, but he leaves and is never seen again.  He is the only person who was present when Miss Emily died, and while he doesn't really talk to anyone else in the town, he does seem to be the only sign of life inside her dark house.

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hihmud | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

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His name was Tobe. Some people would call call him her slave, but this was after the Civil War and slavery was abolished. He was just her " Negro Servant" as it said in the book