I invite readers with sharp critical noses to consider the following hypothesis.
"Much of the humour of Dom Gregory Dix was an expression of lateral thinking accompanied by an affectation of innocence."
Dix was in argument with an archdeacon who was trying to get confessional boxes removed from a church.
Dix argued that such furnishings were required by the XXXIX Articles.
Videte Article XXV, final paragraph, first eleven words.