Student or Learner
I read the following sentences when I read A Rose for Emily.
She carried her head high enough--even when we believed that she was fallen. It was as if she demanded more than ever the recognition of her dignity as the last Grierson; as if it had wanted that touch of earthiness to reaffirm her imperviousness. Like when she bought the rat poison, the arsenic. That was over a year after they had begun to say "Poor Emily," and while the two female cousins were visiting her.
I have read the whole story. I know as the last Grierson in the town, she has been bred to be act like a Grierson. And it's pretty natural for someone to carry his head high, a figure of speech here, and try to ignore the hurt felt, when considered by others as behaviouring in a way that is not supposed to be so. But I don't understand how earthiness is to do with all this. Doesn't it mean natural?
I'd like to hear your opinions.