The Rocking Horse Winner

The Rocking Horse Winner

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  • your father is unlucky
  • Why are we poor?
  • Uncle I wnat to bet on Lively Spark  
  • yes
  • are you sure?
  • "And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money! The children could hear it all the time though nobody said it aloud."
  • "He knew the horse could take him to where there was luck, if only he forced it. So he would mount again and start on his furious ride, hoping at last to get there... He would speak to nobody when he was in full tilt."
  • " When the Leger was coming on Paul was ‘sure’ about Lively Spark, which was a quite inconsiderable horse. The boy insisted on putting a thousand on the horse, ... Lively Spark came in first, and the betting had been ten to one ... Paul made ten thousand.
  • '“But what are you going to do with your money? "' '"I started it for mother"... i thought if I was lucky it might stop the whispering" "Paul watched her face as she read her letters... her face hardened...Paul’s mother had had a long interview with the lawyer, asking if the whole five thousand... Oscar agreed... then suddenly the voices in the house went mad." 
  • "Two nights before the Derby, she was at a big party in town, when one of her rushes of anxiety about her boy... she switched on the light, and saw her son, in his green pyjamas, madly surging on the rocking-horse. The blaze of light suddenly lit him up, as he urged the wooden horse."
  • 'the boy died in the night and [the uncle]  said “My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, ... best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner.”'
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