Tired of playing cat and mouse, Julien leads Madame de Rênal into the garden and tells her he'll visit her that night at 2 a.m. He says there's something he needs to tell her. Madame tells him not to be a fool and he spends the rest of the evening avoiding her.
True to his word, Julien gets up at two in the morning and sneaks down the hallway into Madame de Rênal's room. She sits up in bed and calls him a wretch. He rushes forward and hugs her knees, weeping.
A few hours later, Julien leaves the room. The narrator implies that he and Madame have had sex.