"she read The Diary of a Nobody"

The Diary of a Nobody is a comic novel in diary form written by two brothers, George and Weedon Grossmith; Weedon was responsible for the illustrations.

Serialised in Punch between 1888 and 1889, it was published in book form in 1892. It has never been out of print.

An extract from The Diary of a Nobody:

April 27 - Painted the bath red and was delighted with the result. Sorry to say that Carrie was not, a fact we had a few words about. She said I ought to have consulted her, and she had never heard of such a thing as a bath being painted red. I replied: "It's merely a matter of taste."

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