At first we were glad that Miss Emily would have an interest, because the ladies all said,"Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer."
But there were still others, older people, who said that even grief could not cause a real lady to forget noblesse oblige. They just said, "Poor Emily. Her kinsfolk should come to her."
"She will kill herself"; and we said it would be the best thing. When she had first begun to be seen with Homer Barron, we had said, "She will marry him." Then we said, she will persuade him yet," because Homer himself had remarked--he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks' Club-- that he was not a marrying man. Later we said, "Poor Emily" behind the jalousies as they passed on Sunday afternoon...
Then the newer generation became the backbone and the spirit of the town, and the painting pupils grew up and fell away and did not send their children to het with boxes of color and tedious brushes and pictures cut from the ladies' magazines. The front door closed upon the last one and remained closed for good.
For box above: They complained about her not being married but then they complain that her Emily's new love interest is not on the same social level as her and believe that she shouldn't marry him. They wanted her kin from Alabama to come to her and later on in the story they say "they were glad because the two female cousins were even more Grierson than Miss Emily had ever been." Social class was important.
For text box above: During that time, people believed that women were weak and they were expected to marry off, live off her inheritance, or kill themselves.