a similar continental gathering


From The History of Mr. Polly by H. G. Wells.

In the novel, Polly's relatives gathered to attend his father's funeral
Here is a part of describing about their looks and attitude...

"Everybody was in profound mourning, ... in the modern English style, [...]
the costumes had none of the goodness and specialisation and
genuine enjoyment of mourning for mourning's sake
that a similar continental gathering would have displayed."

I don't understand clearly about the part underlined.
It is tricky because some words that I think I know do not work sometimes. :)
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    ... that a similar group of people from the Continent (mainland Europe, rather than the British Isles) would display.
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