After all the people knew that Homer Barron was homosexual and after she saw that she couldn't help change his look to men, she goes to the druggist
Yes, Miss Emily. What kind? For rats and such? I'd recom--
I want the best you have. I don't care what kind.
I want some poison.
They'll kill anything up to an elephant. But what you want is--
Is . . . arsenic? Yes, ma'am. But what you want--
I want arsenic.
Arsenic. Is that a good one?
Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up.
Why, of course,if that's what you want. But the law requires you to tell what you are going to use it for.
When she opened the package at home there was written on the box, under the skull and bones: "For rats." Towns people suspect that she will kill herself for getting involved with a Yankee and disgracing her family name.
Homer disappears.The town believes he has returned home to prepare for Emily to join him
The two female cousins leave, and Homer returns to town to visit Emily. Homer is last seen entering Miss Emily's house However, after being admitted to Emily’s house late one night, he was never seen in Jefferson again. Emily herself was not seen again for six months.