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A Rose for Emily Quotes

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A Rose for Emily Quotes

“For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless smile. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an accept, now the long sleep that lasts longer than love, that conquers even the
grimace of love, had actually cuckolded him. What was left of him, decayed underneath what was left of the nightshirt, had actually ended up being inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the client and biding dust.
Then we noticed that in the 2nd pillow was the imprint of a head. Among us raised something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and undetectable dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long hair of iron-grey hair.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily and Other Stories

“They held the funeral service on the 2nd day, with the town coming to take a look at Miss Emily below a mass of purchased flowers with the crayon face of her father musing exceptionally above the bier and the women sibilant and macabre; and the very old men– some in their brushed Confederate uniforms– on the deck and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had actually been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her possibly, confusing time with its mathematical development, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a reducing roadway but, rather, a substantial meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most current decade of years.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Quotes

“She brought her head high enough– even when we believed that she was fallen. It was as if she demanded more than ever the recognition of her self-respect as the last Grierson; as if it had actually wanted that touch of earthiness to reaffirm her imperviousness”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily and Other Stories

“… the very old guys […] believing that they had actually danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing roadway however, rather, a substantial meadow which no winter season ever quite touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily and Other Stories

” […] confusing time with its mathematical development, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a decreasing roadway but, rather, a huge meadow which no winter ever touches.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily and Other Stories

“All the past is not a reducing roadway but, instead, a big meadow which no winter ever rather touches, divided from them now by the narrow bottle-neck of the most recent decade of years.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Quotes

“Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a task, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town …”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

“I ‘d be the last one worldwide to bother Miss Emily …”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily Quotes

“The day after her daddy’s death, all the girls prepared to call at your home and deal condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, … without any trace of sorrow on her face. She informed them that her daddy was not dead. She did that for three days … “

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Quotes

“We did not say she was crazy then. Our companied believe she had to do that.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

“She carried her head high enough– even when we believed that she was fallen.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

“The law needs you inform what you are going to use the arsenic for. Miss Emily just gazed at him, her head slanted back in order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and covered it up.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Quotes

“So the next day we all stated, ‘She will kill herself’ and we said it would be the best thing.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

“Hence she passed from generation to generation– dear, inescapable, invulnerable, relaxing, and perverse.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily

“The Negro satisfied the first of the girls at the front door and let them in … and after that he disappeared. He strolled right through your house and out the back and was not seen once again.”

— William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily Quotes

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