a similar continental gathering

Discussion in 'English Only' started by sourdough99, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. sourdough99 Member

    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. :)
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    ... that a similar group of people from the Continent (mainland Europe, rather than the British Isles) would display.
  3. sourdough99 Member

    Thank you.
    You confirmed my guess. :)

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