Georgette Heyer’s Thorn, Helen, Pastel and Barren Corn are about the experiences of young women growing up in the complex social scene of the years after the First World War.
Pastel First issue date: 1929 Contemporary fiction novel Publisher: Longman, London
. . . . “ Frances dabbed at her eyes and gave a heart-rending sob. She did not look outraged now; she looked forlorn, and pathetic, and Norman was filled with a deep loathing for himself. He put his arms around her, but not tightly, just in case it was after all yet another wrong move. "I'm sorry, darling. I didn't mean to make you cry. Don't, precious!"
Frances turned and clung to him. "Oh Norman!"she sobbed. "I'm sorry. It was all my fault!"
So in spite of every appearence to the contrary it had been the right move after all. Truly you never knew where you were with women, or what was expected of you.
Norman hugged Frances, and kissed her, and clumsily patted her shoulder. . . ”