The Bridges of Madison County Setting & Symbolism

Robert James Waller
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Madison County, Iowa

Francesca Johnson lives in a rural setting in Madison County, Iowa. Photographer Robert Kincaid, her star-crossed lover, travels there on assignment from the magazine he works for.

The Covered Bridges

Robert Kincaid is in Madison County to photograph the famous covered bridges the area is known for. When he cannot locate one of the bridges, he stops by Francesca's house to ask for directions.

Francesca Johnson's Home

Francesca invites Robert to her home for dinner on two subsequent nights. They drink brandy at the kitchen table, dance together to "Autumn Leaves" on the radio and fall in love.

Bellingham, Washington

Robert Kincaid leaves his home in Bellingham, Washington, and drives to Madison County on assignment from the magazine he works for.

National Geographic

Robert Kincaid is a photographer for the magazine, National Geographic. He worked for the magazine for many years and traveled the world...

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