Why does the author delete two chapters about Emily's deathbed?i was informed that its about emily's deathbed , and she gave the house to tobe the servant... why so ? is it true ? if yes why tobe...

Why does the author delete two chapters about Emily's deathbed?

i was informed that its about emily's deathbed , and she gave the house to tobe the servant... why so ? is it true ? if yes why tobe ran away from the back of the house after emily died ?

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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To answer your question about the deleted chapter: According to Volpe's "A Reader's Guide to William Faulkner" (p. 104). Faulkner had an original manuscript on Section 4, towards the end, in which this is what happened:

Emily was sick, Tobe standing by her. She tells him to have every visitor leave the house, and once their are by themselves, she decides to confess to him what was lying on the bed in the other room, which was Homer's carcass.

Tobe tells her he won't do so, apparently because he already knew. This is when she then tells him that she will give him her house, which was a promise she had made him 35 years prior. He refused the house, and instead would go live in the poorhouse, which is like an aging home.

Faulkner apparently may have deleted this part because of the aesthetic rythm it took away from the original manuscript.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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In the short story "A Rose for Emily" it stands to reason that Toby probably was a bit haunted by what he had known.  However, there is more to Faulkner's story.  Miss Emily is a representation of the old south.  Slavery had been common many years before but the servant/master relationship of many black men and woman still continued long after slavery ended.  At Miss Emily's death the chains of servitude were finally broke for Toby.  He let people in and left never to return.

Faulkner did the same with Emily's death.  Her death marked the end of the old south.  At the same time it marked the end of an era in the town, of which Miss Emily had represented.  Her death demonstrates the many beauties of the south that were gone.

"whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years"

The setting of Mss Emily's gray hair in the bed next to a deceased body has the representation of Miss Emily having trouble of letting go of the man she loved, but also of her ability o commit a horrid crime and engage in horrid behavior.  This is the opposite of the type of manners that would have been expected from someone like Miss Emily.

In reference to the symbol it represents in the South, it is the townspeople having to come to terms with the changes in the south and acceptance that many of them were necessary as they were not good traits.

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