After six months, a strange smell develops around Emily's house.
Why, send her a word to stop it! Isn't there a law?
But what will you have me do about it, madam?
I'm sure that won't be necessary. It's probably just a snake or a rat that nigger of hers killed in the yard. I'll speak to him about it.
Mayor didn’t want to embarrass Emily so they sprinkled lime all across her house. The people of the town spread lime to get rid of the smell. Two weeks after, the smell is gone.
Since Emily stopped paying taxes after the invented tale of Colonel Sartoris, the new generation of aldermen and the mayor decide to go to her house, and start explaining why they're here and what they want.
I have no taxes in Jefferson. Tobe!
Tobe, the Negro, appeared and showed the gentlemen out.
She fitted up a studio in one of the downstairs rooms, where the daughters and granddaughters of Colonel Sartoris' were sent to her with the spirit that they were sent to church on Sundays with a ¢25 piece for the collection plate. Meanwhile her taxes had been remitted.
Emily dies at age 74
The townspeople explored her house, which none of them had seen in decades. In an upstairs room, they find the remains of Homer Barron in a bridal suite. The room is covered in dust and appears to have remained untouched for decades. On the pillow beside Homer’s corpse, they find a strand of Emily’s iron-gray hair.