Will somebody please explain the ending of "A Rose for Emily" to me? I must have not been paying attention to certain key parts of the story, but I don't want to have to go back, find which parts...

Will somebody please explain the ending of "A Rose for Emily" to me?

I must have not been paying attention to certain key parts of the story, but I don't want to have to go back, find which parts those are, and read the whole story over again. Thanks.

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At the end of the short story, the townspeople attend Miss Emily Grierson's funeral, and several curious citizens enter her home in order to clean out her possessions. The townspeople are curious to enter Emily's upstairs room, which nobody has been seen in over forty years. They break down the upstairs door to discover a room that is "furnished as for a bridal," and everything is covered with a thin layer of dust. They then discover Homer Barron 's skeleton lying on the bed next to a pillow, along with a strand of iron-gray hair on it. The citizens' dramatic discovery suggests that Emily Grierson has been lying next to her dead lover's corpse each night, which is both shocking and macabre. The...

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