“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! . . .

From The Letters of Dorothy L. Sayers: 1899 to 1936: The Making of a Detective Novelist