Happy Valentines Day!
In chapter LV Angel finds Tess, married to Alec d’Urberville. A dead inside Tess sends him on his way.
Mrs. Brooks, the Lady of The Heron, where Alec and Tess were staying was listening in on the conversation between Angel and Tess. She then follows Tess up the stairs and peaks through the keyhole. She see’s Tess weeping and moaning in emotional pain. Alec comes to check on her and Tess goes on a rant. She covers all the highlights – how Angel came back and Alec manipulated her into marrying her. Used her family against her and now she has sent her true husband away a second time. And he’s dying; he looks like he is dying and now she has become what she prayed he would not make her. All because of Alec!
Alec does argue back at her, there’s a rustle of movement and Mrs. Brooks runs away to avoid getting caught. But no one comes out of the room. She hangs out downstairs and waits for something so she can find out what happened next.
Tess leaves the house, fully dressed as a well-to-do young lady with a few extra black feathers and a veil drawn (she had been dressed for mourning of her father normally).
A little while goes by and Mrs. Brooks notices a red dot on the ceiling, and it’s getting bigger and kinda shaped like the Ace of Hearts. Curious, I did a little research on the Ace of Hearts: In Tarot Card reading it means “the desire for love,” fitting that the cause of the blood was Tess’ desire to be with the one she loved.
Upstairs listening at the door she hears, drip, drip, drip. She gets a workman to enter the apartment with her, where they find Alec in bed with a carving knife in his chest, touching his heart.
Within a half hour news of the Alec’s death had spread through Sandbourne.
Oh dear God, she killed him! I had read something about her thinking of killing Alec before reading the book. At this point I thought I had imagined it, but nope. She’s gone from suicidal to murder. Umm, well I guess that is one way to fight for your life.