The Rocking-Horse Winner

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  • The reader is first introduced to the mother who is not capable of loving anyone. This even includes both her son and two daughters. She also believes that she is unlucky because she doesn't have money due to excessive spending.  
  • Paul's mother receives the money but doesn't show any appreciation. The voices in the house grow louder. This makes Paul's obsession grows.
  • "I used to think I was [lucky], before I got married. Now I think I am very unlucky indeed."
  • Paul confronts his mother about if luck is money. She replies by stating her opinion on luck. 
  • "No, Paul. Not quite. It's what causes you to have money. If You're lucky you have money."
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  • "Is luck money, mother?"
  • After betting on a horse and earning money Uncle Oscar realizes that profit can be made from this. Paul convinces his uncle to partner up with him. After Paul earned 10,000 pounds he decides to manage it to his mother.
  • "I shouldn't like mother to know I was lucky."
  • All right, son! We'll manage it without her knowing."
  • "It's Malabar! It's Malabar!"
  • "Paul! Whatever are you doing?"
  • "Malabar! Malabar! Did I say Malabar, mother? Did I say Malabar? Do you think I'm lucky mother? Mother, did I ever tell you? I am lucky."
  • Paul becomes ill and unconscious. While he is unconscious his bet on Malabar wins 80,000 pounds. Then Paul suddenly gets up and starts acting hysterical. 
  • "No, you never did."
  • Paul dies later that night.
  • "My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad."
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