An Excerpt from Salman Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence”

For the last time in his life he wondered if he had wasted his love on a woman who only gave her love until it was time to take it back. He set the thought aside. He had given his heart this once in his life and counted himself blessed to have had the chance to do so. The question of whether she was worthy of his love had no meaning.

His heart had answered that question long ago.

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