Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies' Delight) by Émile Zola:
When Mouret got back to his office, he was choking with repressed sobs. What did she want, then? He no longer dared to offer her money, but the vague idea of marriage appeared, despite his reluctance as a young widower. So in the irritation of his powerlessness, the tears ran. He was unhappy.