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"A Rose for Emily" Timeline

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Giselle Fiesta

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Transcript of "A Rose for Emily" Timeline

1938
1864
"A Rose for Emily" Timeline
Miss Emily is born in the year 1864. Her father does not communicate with her kin in Alabama. The father of Miss Emily does not allow her to have suitors.
The father of Miss Emily passed away, when she was 30 years old. Her taxes are remitted by Colonel Sartoris.
In 1895, the summer after her father’s death they began construction. Miss Emily meets Homer Barron. They begin to have weekly yellow-wheeled buggy rides.
“…and in the summer after her father's death they began the work. The construction company came with riggers and mules and machinery, and a foreman named Homer Barron, a Yankee…” (Faulkner 4)
“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.” (Faulkner 4)

Miss Emily bought arsenic from the druggist. After having bought poison, the townspeople all said that “She will kill herself.” They forced the Baptist minister to speak to Miss Emily. The minister’s wife wrote to Miss Emily’s kin in Alabama.
“When she opened the package at home there was written on the box, under the skull and bones: "For rats." (Faulkner 4)
“ So THE NEXT day we all said, ‘She will kill herself’; and we said it would be the best thing.” (Faulkner 5)
Miss Emily’s two cousins came to visit her. Miss Emily ordered a man’s toilet set in silver, with the letters H.B. during her the visit of her cousins. Two days later, she had bought a complete outfit of men’s clothing. Then, Homer Barron left. Another week passed, Emily’s cousins left.


“ We learned that Miss Emily had been to the jeweler's and ordered a man's toilet set in silver, with the letters H. B. on each piece.” (Faulkner 5)
“ So she had blood-kin under her roof again and we sat back to watch developments.” (Faulkner 5)
Within three days, Homer was back in town. One evening, the Negro let Homer Barron in through the kitchen door. Homer disappears. A smell developed at her house.


“ A neighbor saw the Negro man admit him at the kitchen door at dusk one evening.” (Faulkner 5)
“ And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron. And of Miss Emily for some time.” (Faulkner 5)

Judge Stevens receives complaints. The next night, after midnight, the four men cross Miss Emily’s lawn and sprinkled lime. A week or two later the smell went away.
“The next day he [Judge Stevens] received two more complaints, one from a man who came in diffident deprecation. ‘We really must do something about it, Judge…’” (Faulkner 3)
“They broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime there, and in all the outbuildings.” (Faulkner 3)


For a period of six or seven years, when Miss Emily was forty years old, she gave China painting lessons. Colonel Sartoris dies. China painting lessons end.


“ …when she was about forty, during which she gave lessons in china-painting.” (Faulkner 5)
“… the daughters and granddaughters of Colonel Sartoris' contemporaries were sent to her…” (Faulkner 5)

Eight or ten years after china painting lessons ceased, a deputation attempted to take taxes from her. Emily has become grotesquely obese and pallid, her hair now an iron-gray color.


“On the first of the year they mailed her a tax notice. February came, and there was no reply.” (Faulkner 1)
“...a deputation waited upon her, knocked at the door through which no visitor had passed…” (Faulkner 2)
“ She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue.” (Faulkner 2)

In 1938, Miss Emily passes away at age 74. Once Miss Emily was buried, they discovered a man lying on a bad in her house. Next to him, a pillow with a head indentation and a long strand of iron-gray hair was found.
“ WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral…” (Faulkner 1)
“ Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.” (Faulkner 6)
“ …in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.” (Faulkner 6)

"She had some kin in Alabama; but years ago her father had fallen out with them over the estate of old lady Wyatt, the crazy woman, and there was no communication between the two families.” (Faulkner 4)
"We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will." (Faulkner 3)

“Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town, dating from that day in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris, the mayo…remitted her taxes, the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity.” (Faulkner 1)
“… she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.” (Faulkner 3)

Grierson Cousins
Colonel Sartoris's Grandaughters
By: Giselle Fiestan
Giselle Fiestan
Ms. Richardville
Pre IB English II Period 5
18 December 2015
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