A Rose For Emily and Other Short Stories

Why was the relationship a disgrace and a bad example to young people? what were homer's intentions?

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The women of the town began to say that her riding around in the buggy with Homer Barron, with no intention of marriage, was a "disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people." The Baptist minister called upon her, but left and refused to return; his wife wrote to Miss Emily's family in Alabama a week later. Her "kinsfolk" came to her, from Alabama, even though there had been a falling out in the family. The townspeople thought that "the two female cousins were even more Grierson than Miss Emily had ever been."



I don;t think any of the townspeople really knew what Homer's intentions were. One day he just "disappeared" after visiting Emily.