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    #1

    adjust the fare

    “Where should I buy a ticket to?”
    “Anywhere.”
    “So I should just buy any ticket and adjust the fare where we get off,”

    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    What does the part in bold mean?

    Thanks.

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    Re: adjust the fare

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    “Where should I buy a ticket to?”
    “Anywhere.”
    “So I should just buy any ticket and adjust the fare where we get off,”
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)

    What does the part in bold mean?

    Thanks.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I think that it means she should just go up to the ticket window and buy a ticket to city X.

    (2) Then if they get off before city X, they will receive a refund from the railroad company.

    (3) If they get off after city X, they will have to pay an additional amount to the railroad company.

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    Re: adjust the fare

    Thank you, TheParser.

    It is certainly not common where I come from.

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    #4

    Re: adjust the fare

    You certainly would not get a refund in England if you chose to get off before the place for which you had bought the ticket.

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    Re: adjust the fare

    Quote Originally Posted by suprunp View Post
    Thank you, TheParser.

    It is certainly not common where I come from.

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    (1) I notice that quotation comes from someone named Murakami.

    (2) I assume that Murakami-san is referring to a very beautiful country in

    Asia.

    (3) It does not astound me that such a practice exists (or existed), for I

    hear that the people in that country are extremely proud of their well-run

    railroads.

    (a) I do not know whether it is true, but I once read you will get a refund if

    your train arrives late. When the railroad company says that your train will arrive

    at 5:36, it arrives at 5:36!

    (i) Of course, it is now almost 2012. Standards have dropped throughout the world in

    every area of endeavor. So maybe what I read no longer exists in that beautiful

    (and law-abiding) country.

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    #6

    Re: adjust the fare

    It's Japan.

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    #7

    Re: adjust the fare

    [QUOTE=suprunp;832223]
    (H. Murakami; 1Q84)


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) The December 15, 2011, issue of the London Review of Books has a wonderful two-

    page review of the following books:

    1Q84: Book 1 and Book 2

    1 Q84: Book 3

    (2) The article by Mr. Christopher Tayler discusses many things about Boku and his

    books.

    (3) Please go to the magazine's website and click on the issue of December 15. I

    think that it is one of the articles that are offered without charge; I also assume that

    print copies of this excellent British magazine can be found in better libraries.

    Best wishes.

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