Tess of the d'Urbervilles Chapter 55
Tess goes back upstairs and weeps in the rooms she shares with Alec. When she tells him what has happened, he mocks her and she finally snaps. She tells him, "O, you have torn my life all to pieces . . . made me be what I prayed you in pity not to make me be again!" Chapter 56, pg. 374 She stabs him in the heart with a carving knife, dresses, and leaves the hotel. The landlady doesn't know what has happened until she sees a red stain spreading on the ceiling below the d'Urbervilles' room.