How do the character and background of Emily Grierson differ from those of Homer Barron?
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Miss Emily comes from a respected and powerful Southern family. Homer Barron comes from a much less genteel past. He has a rough background that is not quite known.
A foreman named Homer Barron, a Yankee—a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face. The little boys would follow in groups to hear him cuss the riggers, and the riggers singing in time to the rise and fall of picks. Pretty soon he knew everybody in town. Whenever you heard a lot of laughing anywhere about the square, Homer Barron would be in the center of the group.