Now he lived merrily, went to the theatre, drove in the king's garden, and gave much money to the poor.
In the sentence above, I am not fully sure what's going on with the driving. The context doesn't help at all as says nothing about this driving, so maybe I should try to figure what kind of vehicle he was driving there? Not a car - it is Andersen's fairly tale. So what? Maybe some kind of carriage? But why I should be sure about this? And how come I would be sure to be right: maybe Andersen had some other vehicle on mind? Or maybe the meaning of "driving" here is different? I couldn't find it, though. Any hints?
Andersen is writing in the mid-19th century, so he is referring to driving a carriage of some kind, probably pulled by one or two horses. It would be quite usual for a person of wealth to drive for the pleasure of driving - and to show off his wealth with his fine vehicle and animals.
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