She’s got a sense of humour too - one wouldn’t be dull - one would wake up and there’d be a whole day for jolly things to happen in - and then one would come home and go to bed - that would be jolly, too - and while she was writing, I could go out and mess round, so we shouldn’t either of us be dull - 

I am so deeply in love with Sayers, Peter, and Harriet.

"I could not marry Peter off to the young woman he had (in the conventional Perseus manner) rescued from death and infamy, because I could find no form of words in which she could accept him without loss of self-respect. I had landed my two chief puppets in a situation where, according to all the conventional rules of detective fiction, they should have had nothing to do but fall into one another’s arms; but they would not do it, and that for a very good reason. When I looked at the situation I saw that it was in every respect false and degrading; and the puppets had somehow got just so much flesh and blood in them that I could not force them to accept it without shocking myself. […] Harriet had been a human being from the start, and I had humanized Peter for her benefit; but the situation between them had become still more impossible on that account."

— Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night, from Howard Maycraft’s Art of the Detective Story (via smokeandsong)

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RADIO TIMES: 21-27 March 1987 | The Dorothy Sayers Mysteries