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The dialogue in paragraph 43 ("So the next day we all said... whip in a yellow glove...") suggests that
Emily's marriage prospects depend on her family's approval.
the townspeople were not interested in Miss Emily's social life.
the townspeople's predictions for a relationship between Miss Emily and Homer Barron were never optimistic.
the townspeople's predictions for Miss Emily deteriorate the longer Homer Barron goes without proposing.
the townspeople do not sincerely hope for Miss Emily's happiness.