Emily dies and her funeral is held within her house. In the story, it says that the "whole town went to her funeral" (1). Some people are attending out of respect, and others just to see the inside of the house.
In a flashback, Emily meets Homer Barron and falls in love with him. The townspeople start to "see him and Miss Emily on Sunday afternoons driving in the yellow-wheeled buggy" (3), giving them the idea that there may be some bond between the two.
The Inciting Incident
Part of the buildup to the climax is how Homer "like[s] men, and it was known that he dr[inks] with the younger men in the Elks' Club--that he [is] not a marrying man" (4). This creates complications for Emily.
The story is at its highest point in tension when Emily is attempting to buy arsenic, or rat poison, from the druggist. The druggist eventually "g[ets] the arsenic and wrap[s] it up" (5), then sends it to Emily.
After Emily buys the arsenic, she uses it to kill Homer so that she can keep him to herself and never lose him.
The story is resolved when Homer Barron is found dead, and there is "a long strand of iron-gray hair" (6), to which belongs to Emily, on the pillow beside Homer's decaying corpse.