Cue the eye-roll.
Oh well, at least the background to the victim's interest in Russia is entertaining.
As for Peter and Harriet, I gasped, seriously gasped at the following:
He went out. Harriet sat looking at the closed door. ‘Well,’ she said, ‘thank goodness he’s given up asking me to marry him. It’s much better he should put it out of his mind.’ She must have felt strongly about it, for she repeated the remark several times.
Even tho I know how this will end, Sayers is seriously messing about with my poor nerves here.