Sense of Community
There are only a few things said about the Mayor in “One of These Days. ” You sort f have to look at the few things that are said and done to him, to realize that he Is not a very likeable person. When, the Mayor tells the dentist’s son that his tooth needs to be pulled, the dentist, Aurelia, replies by saying, “Tell him I’m not here” (693). If the Mayor was someone that was liked, chances are Aurelia would not have made an excuse to not be of service to him. When the son informs the Mayor about what was said, he makes it a point to tell the son that if Aurelia does not take out his tooth, “… Ell shoot you” (694), this Is In reference to Aureole. Eventually Aureole does pull the Mayor’s tooth, but while getting ready to pull the tooth, anesthesia free, Aurelia tells him, “Now you’ll pay for our twenty dead men” (694). Automatically you can start to assume the Mayor must have been some kind of dictator or controller and that Aurelia only agreed to pull his tooth because he wanted to inflict pain on him. If Emily community was run by this Mayor, she would most likely not of been able to lead such a secret life and easy life.
Although Employs personal issues were serious, such as her father’s death and her not being able to get married, the way she lived her life was somewhat simple. Emily had a servant, Tube, and did not pay taxes because of an agreement made in 1 894, by the Colonel: “… Colonel Sartorial, the mayor -who fathered the edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron -remitted her taxes, the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity.
Colonel Sartorial invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying. Only a man of Colonel Sartor’ generation and though could of Invented It… ” (96). Even though this was agreement was made, It was never acknowledged by the subsequent future Board members. The new Board members were never able to find proof of the agreement. Still, Emily was given notices to pay her taxes, but the Board never actually made her pay.
Had the Mayor from “One of These Days”, been In charge, Emily would have been forced to pay these taxes. She would also have been closely monitored by the little town. Emily would most likely not have been able to hide away In her house for long periods of time and would probably not be allowed to keep her house in shambles. Most likely the Mayor old have evicted her and made sure her home would have been cleaned up. The ladies of “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World” are very non judgmental women. They immediately saw this dead body, and saw the beauty in him.
They noticed that, “not only was he the tallest, strongest, most virile, and best built man they had ever seen, but even though they were looking at him there was no differences in the Drowned Man. He was unique to them and that is what made him so special. If Mrs.. Turnip had been brought to live in the same community as these ladies, chances are that they would not have been as accepting of the differences in he man, because Mrs.. Turnip’s opinions about people being different, would most likely have rubbed off on them. Mrs..
Turnip had constantly made derogatory remarks towards the blacks that work for her and her husband, “We found enough naggers to pick our cotton this year but Claude he has to go after them and take them home again in the evening. They can’t walk that half a mile. No they can’t. I tell you,”… “L sure am tired of buttering up naggers, but you got to love me if you want me to work for you” (474). Mrs.. Turnip was extremely vulgar by saying this. She and her husband mound people to take care of their cotton and all they have to do in return, is take them home.
She makes it seem like it is such a chore to do, Just because her help is black. If Mrs.. Turnip were to ever move into the Drowned Man’s community, it would not be enjoyable. Her opinions of what she believes is normal and right would not be the same as the rest of the community. All in all we can notice that by mixing a few characters and stories, things would drastically change. Emily community would not have been as easily lived with the Mayor in it and the Drowned Man’s community would not have been so nonjudgmental with Mrs.. Turnip in it.