The vivid description of Quigley's attempted suicide in Orphans:
The end of his dagger was dipped into one of the candles, the flame greeting the steel with a gentle caress. He stripped his vocal cords so he couldn’t scream. Then, when the blade began to glow, he pressed it hard across his marriage brand.
Hot like her lips, like her forge in creation and in death, hot like the municipal office burning, like the woods burning in the night. So many fires, was it fair they always stopped just short of him? He swirled the dagger as his flesh split, vivisecting the insect (would Brother Hugh like to see?), pushing the blade deep until he smelled his own grease hissing.
Press a little harder. Cut a little hole and let himself pour out of it, tipped like spoiled wine into the thirsty khert’s mouth. Wasn’t his heart hammering for it? Here it beat just below the steel, trying to excavate outward, stifled in the darkness by a cave-in. Let it out, let it out, let the khert fucking have it!
- Comes with an addition of Tear Jerker, too, as he's destroying his marriage brand in the process.