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The Yankee outsider the new center of attention Homer Barron without notice disappears This representative of mechanical progression is forced down the diminishing road It sounds like the entrails of a mystery a web of virtual gossip and inevitable investigation amongst the old southern society and guard Yet no one came no search party is dispatched The only constant left is Emilys continued existence her clenching to a rose tinted past separated by an unchangeable fate Because Homer Barron represented a threat and a constant reminder of change the community not only failed to recognize his disappearance they ignored it Emilys character is consistently seamless as if existing outside of time Her behaviors are exemplified in the text For example by the time the representatives of the new progressive Board of Aldermen waited on her concerning her delinquent taxes she had already completely retreated to her world of the past She declared that she had no taxes in Jefferson basing her belief on a verbal agreement made with Colonel Sartoris who had been dead for ten years 16 Just as Emily refused to acknowledge the death of her father much earlier she now refused to recognize the death of Colonel Sartoris He had given his word and according to the traditional southern view his word knew no death This allows analysis of the relationship between Homer and Emily A contrasting couple Homer is a lively social laboring northerner while Emily lives a wealthy antisocial lifestyle of a southern lady It is intriguing why exactly Emily had bonded so well with Homer when she rarely spoke to any others in town The townspeople looked down at her relations with Homer This did not stop their relationship and it was presumed later that they got married With the scene set it should be pointed out that Emilys concepts of love life and death were misconstrued in her mind letting the blame to her strict father It
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