The novel Diary of a Nobody was published in 1892. It was the work of humourist actors and writers, George Grossmith and his younger brother Weedon (whatever inspired the Grossmith parents to call him that?). It was hugely satirical in its day with its exposée of the pretentious middle classes attempt to impress their neighbours with all kinds of dishonesty and talking themselves up.
The first long speech is the schoolboys' perpetual source of humour: carboard ripping and toxic smelling flatulence. Banza, attributing this to his bean laden diet, recalls how his teacher led an investigation into the culprit. With small primary school boys and a good sense of the ridiculous, she held them aloft to nasally detect the waft of lingering aroma.