A Rose For Emily and Other Short Stories

Why do the townspeople fail to discover Miss Emily's secret before her death?

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Miss. Emily doesn't socialize, have company, or leave the house..... she also doesn't invite anyone in. The villagers are content with this arrangement because they think she's crazy. Thus, the secret is never discovered until visitors actually go into the house, something that couldn't and wouldn't happen until she was dead. 


A Rose for Miss. Emily