Coquettish

Coquette (noun): a woman who likes to win the attention or admiration of men but does not have serious feelings for them (Merriam-Webster)

Found on Page I, paragraph 2 of “A Rose for Emily”–>“But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores.”

I believe the word in this quote means that although Miss Emily’s home was old and worn out, it still caught the attention of the onlookers that passed by her home because of its depleting appearance.

1 thought on “Coquettish”

  1. What is the source of your definition? You correctly identify the word as an adjective, but your definition is of a noun, so it doesn’t synch up with the usage in the passage. Who found the home to be an eyesore? What does this have to do with the men who courted her? You might re-read the passage so you can more accurately explain the passage. Then you can edit your post with that new reading of the passage.

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