Tess of the DUrbervilles
Thomas Hardy
Contributed by Harvey Landy
Chapter 56
Summary

The landlady of the house, Mrs. Brooks, is curious about how Angel’s visit has affected the d’Urbervilles. She goes upstairs to spy on them, only to catch fleeting phrases of Tess’ agony towards Alec, but fearing she is discovered, Mrs. Brooks heads back downstairs. In a little while, she sees Tess leave the house. Soon after, Mrs. Brooks notices a dripping patch on the parlor ceiling coming from upstairs and discovers that Alec has been murdered! The news of the murder spreads quickly throughout town.

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