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The author doesn't give names of the two cousins. He simply says they were relations from Alabama. The minister's wife wrote to Miss Emily's family because Miss Emily was alone, and she was spending a lot of time alone with Homer Baron. In the south, during this time period, it was considered disgraceful behavior for a woman to spend time like that with a man without a chaperone, so the town hoped the cousins would help Miss Emily act more like a dignified lady.
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