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Mar 4, 2004


Austen's Emma, starring Gwyneth Paltrow in a very English setting. The English aristocratic atmosphere of 19th and early 20th century never fails to put a smirk on my face. Very lady-gentlemanish parties, everyone treading lightly on false pretense, tea in the afternoon, liveried butlers, did they know there was a world outside? Jane Austen's fiction did one good thing - it provided a peek into the culture and life of a particular section of human society about whose workings 99% of earth's population was unaware of.