A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner

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A Rose for Emily | Part Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • 1863

    Emily Grierson is born during the Civil War.

    Part 1
  • 1893

    Mr. Grierson dies.

    Part 2
  • Winter 1893

    Colonel Sartoris tells Emily Grierson she no longer has to pay taxes in Jefferson.

    Part 1
  • Summer 1894

    Homer Barron arrives in Jefferson. He and Emily go on buggy rides every Sunday.

    Part 3
  • Fall 1895

    Emily Grierson buys arsenic at the drugstore.

    Part 3
  • Fall 1895

    Homer Barron goes into Emily's house and is never seen again.

    Part 4
  • A few weeks later

    Neighbors complain about the smell on the Grierson property; the aldermen spread lime in the dark.

    Part 2
  • 1925

    The Board of Aldermen visit the Grierson home to insist Emily Grierson pay her taxes; she declines.

    Part 1
  • 1937

    Emily Grierson dies at age 74.

    Part 4
  • Days after Emily's death

    Townspeople discover Homer Barron's decomposed body in an upstairs bedroom of the Grierson home.

    Part 5

Part Summaries Chart

Part Summary
Part 1 Miss Emily Grierson is dead. Everyone in Jefferson, the county seat of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, attends the fu... Read More
Part 2 The narrative flashes back 30 years. Townspeople notice a terrible smell coming from somewhere on Miss Emily's property,... Read More
Part 3 Miss Emily disappears for a while after her father's death. When she finally emerges from the house the townspeople thin... Read More
Part 4 The townspeople are convinced Miss Emily is going to kill herself with the arsenic. It is known around town Homer Barron... Read More
Part 5 The news of Miss Emily's death spreads through the town, and Tobe meets a group of women at the door. He shows them in, ... Read More
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