The Bridges of Madison County Author:Robert James Waller He noticed all of her . . . — He could have walked out on this earlier, could still walk. — Rationality shrieked at him, "Let it go, Kincaid, get back — on the road. Shoot the bridges, go to India. Stop in Bangkok on the way and look up the silk merchant's daughter who know every ecstatic secret the old ways can teach. Swim — naked with her at da... more »wn in jungle pools and listen to her scream as you turn her inside out at twilight. Let go of this"--the voice was hissing now--"it's outrunning you."
But the slow tango had begun. Somewhere it played; he could hear it, an old accordian. It was far back, or far ahead, he couldn't be sure. Yet it moved toward him steadily. And the sound of it blurred his criteria and funneled his own alternatives toward unity. Inexorably it did that, until there was nowhere left to go, except toward Francesca Johnson.