“The world's most awkward pair of lovers”
Dorothy L. Sayers in a letter to Muriel St. Clare Byrne (with whom she was writing the play Busman's Honeymoon even as she was writing the book Gaudy Night):
Dear Muriel. . .
I think I have got over most of the technical snags in Gaudy Night now, but the writing is being horribly difficult. Peter and Harriet are the world's most awkward pair of lovers — both so touchy and afraid to commit themselves to anything but hints and allusions! I feel sure that at some point after their engagement (not necessarily in the book, though) the following piece of dialogue occurred:
HARRIET: I thought there was so much I had to say to you. But now there seems to be no need to say anything.
PETER: No; we have passed that point . . . I have been talking for twenty years to conceal my thoughts. With you, thank God, I can at least be silent. (They are eloquently silent)
But in the meantime, they are still talking! . . .