deferred that much to the sensibilities of...

Gabriel Aparta

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Español - Venezuela
Hi everybody, please, from The Great Gatsby:

So Tom Buchanan and his girl and I went up together to New York — or not quite together, for Mrs. Wilson sat discreetly in another car. Tom deferred that much to the sensibilities of those East Eggers who might be on the train.

What does deferred mean in here? His girl is another's character wife, so his mistress.

Thanks!
 
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    It means to act with deference. To respectfully yield. He had no wish to offend the sensibilities of East Eggers by sitting with a married woman.
     
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