Is story written in third person dramatic?  I know the author is narrating the story but confused about in what person. 

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D. H. Lawrence's short story "Rocking-Horse Winner," is written in what we technically call third person omniscient.  This point of view is used when several character's thoughts are revealed.  For instance, we know early on that despite what others may believe  the mother had a coldness in her heart toward her children:

She had bonny children, yet she felt they had been thrust upon her, and she could not love them.

We also know the children's thoughts.  They hear the whisperings of the house:

The children could hear it all the time, though nobody said it aloud.

Later, we follow Paul's thoughts:

He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it.

And later Uncle Oscar's feelings:

The uncle was delighted to find that his small nephew was posted with all the racing news.

Because the narrator enters into the minds of several characters revealing their thoughts and feelings, the narrator is said to be omniscient, or all knowing.


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