One evening when he was being particularly obnoxious, chattering away well above my head, I let him have it. "Mummy," I said, "do you know what I’m going to do when I grow up?" "No, dear," she replied. "What?" "I’m going to marry you," I said quietly.

Father gave a great guffaw out of him, but he didn’t take me in. I knew it must only be pretence. And Mother, in spite of everything, was pleased. I felt she was probably relieved to know that one day Father’s hold on her would be broken.

Dose it mean:

1) I was not deceived?


2) he did not notice me?

this text is from a short story named: My Oedipus complex

  • It means "I was not deceived". In general, to be taken in means you have been fooled or are the victim of some deception. – Peter Jennings May 25 '19 at 10:43
  • Thanks @Perer Jennings, so shouldn't we use passive form if we mean "deceiving". Here it is not in passive form. I mean it should be: I was not taken in. – Viser Hashemi May 25 '19 at 13:15
  • @ViserHashemi You can say either he didn't deceive me or I wasn't deceived by him (active or passive). The same is true of take in. There is no requirement that it be one way or the other. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 25 '19 at 16:09

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