Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the short story. The Rocking-Horse Winner” is a short story by D. It was first published in July 1926, in Harper’s Bazaar and subsequently appeared in the first volume of Lawrence’s collected short stories. The story describes a young middle-class Englishwoman who “had no luck”. The family’s lifestyle exceeds its income and unspoken anxiety about money permeates the household. Paul tells his Uncle Oscar Cresswell about betting on horse races with Bassett, the gardener. He has been placing bets using his pocket money and has won and saved three hundred and twenty pounds. Sometimes he says he is “sure” of a winner for an upcoming race, and the horses he names do in fact win, sometimes at remarkable odds.
Uncle Oscar and Bassett both place large bets on the horses Paul names. After further winning, Paul and Oscar arrange to give the mother a gift of five thousand pounds, but the gift only lets her spend more. Disappointed, Paul tries harder than ever to be “lucky”. As the Derby approaches, Paul is determined to learn the winner. Concerned about his health, his mother rushes home from a party and discovers his secret. Paul remains ill through the day of the Derby. Informed by Cresswell, Bassett has placed Paul’s bet on Malabar, at fourteen to one. Mother, did I ever tell you? No, you never did,” said his mother. But the boy died in the night.
And even as he lay dead, his mother heard her brother’s voice saying to her, “My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, poor devil, he’s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner. Paul: A young boy who notices that his mother doesn’t love him and his sisters, even though she “adores” them. When he receives a rocking horse for Christmas, he rides it often and comes to find that he can predict what horse is going to win the next big horse race. She becomes “dissatisfied with her marriage” when she finds that her husband is not lucky and doesn’t make enough money. Bassett: The family gardener and friend. Is the one who gets Paul into horse racing, and later becomes “betting partners”. Oscar Creswell: Paul’s uncle and his mother’s brother.
Provided the money that Paul used to make his first win at the horse race. Signed the lawyer papers in order for Paul’s mother to receive “one thousand pounds at a time, on the mother’s birthday, for the next five years”. Oscar becomes partners with Paul and Bassett. Lawrence suggests through his story that materialism and love cannot coexist. Hester pressures Paul to satisfy her own materialistic desires. The juxtaposition of Hester’s greed with Paul’s generosity highlights the dichotomy between materialism and love. The Rocking-Horse Winner: a Study Guide. Free Study Guides for Shakespeare and Other Authors. Moroccan-Dutch super heavyweight kickboxer from Amsterdam, fighting out of Mike’s Gym in Oostzaan. Hari has been officially praised by the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, since 2009 for his outstanding accomplishments in the sport.
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