A Rose for Emily is the story of the titular protagonist, an elderly Southern spinster living in antebellum Mississippi. Seen as mad and backward by her fellow townspeople, she refuses to marry for decades before finally accepting a Northern suitor who immediately vanishes into her home. The story is told in flashbacks after Emily's death and chronicles her inability to accept the changing world of the post-war South. In the end it is revealed that she slept for what may have been years beside her suitor's corpse.

Summary of A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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