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Why did the whispering increase in the "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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harleyr99 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 18, 2011 at 11:15 AM via web

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Why did the whispering increase in the "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM (Answer #1)

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The voices that rang throughout the house in D. H. Lawrence's short story, "The Rocking-Horse Winner" always seemed to give the same, if unspoken, message: "There must be more money! There must be more money!" Paul's desire to help the family out financially drove him to ride his old rocking horse, and soon he was able to amass a small fortune, which he decided to parcel out to his mother. But when she decided she wanted the entire amount, Paul agreed to secretly advance her the money. But the whispering only became louder.

And yet the voices in the house, behind the sprays of mimosa and almond blossom, and from under the piles of iridescent cushions, simply trilled and screamed in a sort of ecstasy: "There must be more money Oh-h-h; there must be more money.  Oh, now, now-w !  Now-w-w --- there must be more money ! --- more than ever !   More than ever ! "

The more money Paul made, the more money his mother spent, and the essential bills and necessities of the house still grew. The whispers got louder and louder as more money was spent.

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nezumi32 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:57 AM (Answer #2)

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The whispering increased because the more money the mother got he more money she realized was out there, so the more money the mother wanted.

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