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    "touch of earthiness to reaffirm her imperviousness"? What does this mean?

    Hi, everyone.

    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.

    Many thanks

    Richard

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    Re: "touch of earthiness to reaffirm her imperviousness"? What does this mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by cubezero2 View Post
    Hi, everyone.

    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.

    Many thanks

    Richard
    The "earthiness" relates to "she was fallen".

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