Finish the story begins with: “As her mount shifted uneasily under her, she grasped the brim of her old felt Stetson, gazed upwards and remembered Jean Pierre.”
It never seemed fair to her that he had spent all those years working on the construction of the tower only to learn that it was temporary and that after the fair they would tear it down.
She saw the tower as a lasting monument to her beloved Jean-Pierre. He had stayed on the job until the last rivet had been banged into position.
She saw the toll it took on him and prayed he would see the job through till the end. She was so pleased when he came home to announce the tower was finished and that he would now be taking a long rest.
But the job had destroyed so much within him. In a few weeks his health deteriorated and he was soon bedridden unable to rise ever again. Always she thought this would be a reminder of her wonderful husband.