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I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves.
"When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house..."
"Colonel Sartoris invented an involved tale to the effects that Miss Emily's father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying."
"So she vanquished them, horse and foot, just as she had vanquished their fathers thirty years before about the smell... So the next night, after midnight, four men crossed Miss Emily's lawn and slunk about the house like burglars... They broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime there, and in all the outbuildings... After a week or two the smell went away."
"The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told the that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctores, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.
"I want some poison," she said to the druggist. "I want the best you have I don't care what kind." The druggist named several. "Arsenic," Miss Emily said. "Is that a good one?" "Is... arsenic? Yes, ma'am. But what you want--" "I want arsenic."
"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
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