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In part III of William Faulkner's Southern Gothic story "A Rose for Emily", the townsfolk voice that is the narrator talks about the time when Emily Grierson's father died. This time represents perhaps the biggest trauma in Emily's life, as her father dominated nearly every aspect of her social life. As a result, Emily became emotionally co-dependent on her father to the point of not wanting to accept his death, and falling ill shortly after his burial.
The narrator talks about how, shortly after this occurs, a Northern (Yankee) construction company arrived in Jefferson; after all, Jefferson is entering the modern times, contrary to Emily, and changing altogether. However, it seems as if this sudden aesthetic attempt to modernize Jefferson somehow shines a light down on Emily, herself, for one of the construction workers who came in this group becomes her (unlikely) love interest.
..a foreman named Homer Barron, a Yankee--a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face... Presently we began to see him and Miss Emily on Sunday afternoons driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy and the matched team of bays from the livery stable.
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