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by D. H. Lawrence

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," why does Paul feel the need to be lucky?

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In D.H. Lawrence's short story "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul is a young boy who wants to help his family with their financial problems.

Paul's concept of luck is based in his mother Hester's view:

"Is luck money, mother?" he asked, rather timidly.

"No, Paul! Not quite. It's what causes you to have money."
He went off by himself, vaguely, in a childish way, seeking for the clue to "luck". Absorbed, taking no heed of other people, he went about with a sort of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck. He wanted luck, he...

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