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What was the ending of the story "A Rose for Emily"? summarize only the ending |

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A few significant things happen at the end of section five.

Like the previous posting noted, Emily has died. In the narrative, we go back to the beginning when Emily's funeral was taking place and it is also the first moment we know that the ladies of the town have finally been let inside the house by Tobe.

This is an important fact, because Tobe escapes out the back door. This has always been a mystery which stems from Faulkner's original manuscript, in which Toby supposedly already knew what was going on in Emily's room and after Emily proposed to leave him her house he declined and said he will instead live in a poorhouse.  However, we do not know what was exactly what Tobe knew every since Faulker decided to take off that part of the story, and we as readers are led to believe that either he knew too much, or too little.

Another important thing was the smell of rot that led everyone to the house and the ultimate finding of Homer's carcass with a dent on the pillow next to him showing one of Emily's white hairs, showing that she had been sleeping with him all this time.

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