New Ending: A Rose for Emily - Part 2
New Ending: A Rose for Emily
Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head - New Ending: A Rose for Emily introduction. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair. After the mortification wore off of the unbelieving faces, Wilson Jackson, the new police chief of the town, noticed the letter on the chest. It was addressed Miss Emily Grierson. The use of the title Miss told us that it was not a letter of love.
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We all looked to Chief Jackson as what to do next. “This is evidence he said,” trying to sound as official as possible.
“Come off of it, Wilson. The woman is dead. It doesn’t matter one little bit,” insisted Mayor Curtis.
With a disgusted look on his well tanned middle-aged face, Chief Jackson pulled up the flap of the already opened yellowed letter. He pulled out the fragile paper, and through the thin letter we could see what looked like the heavy hand of a man’s handwriting.
“Don’t just stand there gawking, Wilson. Read it to the rest of us.” The mayor demanded.
Chief Wilson cleared his throat and began:
Miss Emily Grierson,
I will kindly accept your invitation to dinner on Thursday night. I’m glad
to see that you are still friendly with me after our last meeting. I hope that you now remember that I never mentioned marriage to you. In fact, I have always made it known to everyone that I’m not a marrying man. I feel that this is fair since I have no intention of being true to any woman. The fact is that I travel, and I have every intention of having a good time in every town I work. Emily, I care enough about you to be untrue to you, therefore, I could not marry you. I hope that we can have a lovely evening without further discussion of the matter.
You won’t be as alone as you said the last time we talked. Have you forgotten the time that I walked in on you and Tobe? I know that in our world this is not accepted, but he is so devoted to you, I know that he will never tell. I suspect that he will be devoted to you until the day that you die.
I won’t ever forget how much fun we had while we were together. I will see you on Thursday at eight o’clock sharp.
“I don’t think that this needs to be seen by anyone else,” Chief Wilson said as he ripped the letter into shreds.