After he is observed entering Miss Emily's home one evening, Homer is never seen again.
Despite these turnabouts in her social status, Emily continues to behave mysteriously, as she had before her father died.
Emily's distant cousins are called into town by the minister's wife to supervise Miss Emily and Homer Barron.
Homer leaves town for some time, reputedly to give Emily a chance to get rid of her cousins, and returns three days later after the cousins have left.
Because no man has ever been able to stay with her before, Emily poisons and kills Homer.
She sees murder as the only way to keep Homer with her permanently, and she treats him as if he is her husband even after she has murdered him.The rose may be seen as Homer, when interpreting the rose as a dried rose.Homer's body could be the dried rose, such as one that is pressed between the pages of a book, kept in perfect condition as Emily did with Homer's body. Roses have been portrayed in Greek legends as a gift of secrecy and of confidentiality, known as sub rosa, introducing that the rose is a symbol of silence between the narrator and Miss Emily, the narrator keeps Emily's secrets until her death.On the pillow beside him is the indentation of a head and a single strand of gray hair, indicating that Emily had slept with Homer's corpse. Emily's father kept her from seeing suitors and controlled her social life, essentially keeping her in isolation until his death, when she is 30 years old.Her struggle with loss and attachment is the impetus for the plot, driving her to kill Homer Barron, the man that is assumed to have married her.She and her father, the last two of the clan, continue to live as if in the past; Emily's father refuses for her to marry.Her father dies when Emily is about the age of 30, which takes her by surprise.After her father's death, the only person seen moving about Emily's home is Tobe, a black man serving as Emily's butler, going in and out with a market basket.Although Emily did not have a strong relationship with her community, she did give art lessons to young children within her town at the age of forty.The door to her upstairs bedroom is locked, and some of the townsfolk break down the door to see what has been hidden for so long.Inside, among the possessions that Emily had bought for Homer, lies the decomposed corpse of Homer Barron on the bed.