Posted by Kathy F. on September 16, 1997 at 22:07:45:
In response to Fault in S&S2, written by Tineke on September 09, 1997 at 15:12:54
] Last time I watched S&S, I noticed a fault in the film. It's not that important, only Belgians would notice. It's in the scene where Edward and Elinor try to persuade Margareth to stop hiding under the table. Edward comes up with the idea of the atlas. They're wondering where the spring of the Nile is. Elinor believes it's in Belgium. But Belgium didn't exist at that time, it only exists since 1830. So Jane Austen couldn't possibly have known Belgium. Emma Thompson should have written Flanders, the Lower Countries or whatever. But again, it's not such a terrible mistake, I don't really mind.
Or perhaps (I'm being Jane Bennet-ish, here--not wanting anybody to be in the wrong ;-P) Elinor was just being purposefully wrong? Obviously, the whole conversation was in error, so perhaps "Belgium" was another error that was extremely obvious to Margaret?? I did note that Margaret used the correct name for Ethiopia--Abyssinia--in telling the true source of the Nile, so perhaps ET did some research after all?
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