The theme of The Crowded Street, 1924, is one that is familiar from other Persephone novels: it was then assumed that young women would stay at home while looking for a husband.
You met two travellers in the town
Who promised you that they would take you down
The valley far away
To some strange carnival this summer's day
Lest in the crowded street
They hurry past you with forgetting feet,
And leave you standing there."