And as soon as the old people said, “Poor Emily,” the whispering began. “Do you suppose it’s really so?” they said to one another. “Of course it is. What else could . . .” This was said behind their hands; rustling of craned silk and satin behind jalousies closed upon the sun of Sunday afternoon as the thin, swift clop-clop-clop of the matched team of horses passed: “Poor Emily.”
rustling of craned silk and satin: The reference is to women in high-necked silk and satin dresses, “craning” their necks to spy on Miss Emily and Homer Barron.
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