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Tea Addict

Senior Member
Republic of Korea Korean
Hello everyone. I would like to know what "took a fare" means in the following sentences:

Gatsby’s house was still empty when I left — the grass on his lawn had grown as long as mine. One of the taxi drivers in the village never took a fare past the entrance gate without stopping for a minute and pointing inside; perhaps it was he who drove Daisy and Gatsby over to East Egg the night of the accident, and perhaps he had made a story about it all his own. I didn’t want to hear it and I avoided him when I got off the train.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 9

After Gatsby was tragically shot and killed, his house was deserted. A taxi driver stopped in front of his house and pointed inside before he drove on again.

In this part, I could not understand whether "took a fare" meant taking a passenger or taking the cab fare.
I would very much appreciate your help. :)
  • Tea Addict

    Senior Member
    Republic of Korea Korean
    Dear Newt,

    Thank you very much for the reply.
    So he, while taking his passenger, stopped at the gate, pointed inside, and then started away.
    I really appreicate your help.
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