In "A Rose for Emily" what was the author trying to say about the older men and ladies the second day of Miss Emily's funeral?

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On the first day after Miss Emily died, the men and women came mostly from "curiousity to see the inside of her house which no one...had seen for 10 years."  But at the actual funeral, which was the second day, Faulkner mentions that the old men stand around "talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they haddanced with her and courted her perhaps".  They do this, Faulkner says, because as you grow old, you meld all of time together in one great "meadow" of thought, confusing the details of when exactly things happen.  And, since she was a relic of the town, a fixture that the town felt was theirs to claim, and when she died, all wanted to feel like they had been a part of her life, and could stake some sort of claim to her "fame".  People tend to do this at funerals, think of the time they shared with the decease, recalling their contact.  And the old men and women want to feel like they had a connection at one point, even if they didn't because she was such a recluse.

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