The story starts off with every one in the town attending Emily Grierson's funeral at her house. No one had entered her house in over 10 years.
Then there was a flashback. Emily lived with her father who was very controlling and didn't let her leave the house. He did everything around that house for her.
When Emily's father died she began to be very depressed. She was so depressed that she didn't leave the house.
Emily got the courage to go out and buy arsenic that everybody at the store questioned her about. The clerk ended up putting "for rat poison" so she got her arsenic, and he covered himself up.
Emily gets sick, and has to be taken care of by her fiance Homer.
Emily dies, and when the townspeople go into her house they fine multiple dead bodies. They came to the conclusion that she has been sleeping with her dead father for years, while Homer was also upstairs dead.