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How would you describe Paul's relationship with his Uncle Oscar in D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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In D.H. Lawrence's "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul is a young boy who has grown up with a mother who is never satisfied with the family's finances. When Paul asks his mother why they are poor (when she describes them as such), she explains:

"Well—I suppose," she said slowly and bitterly, "it's because your father has no luck."

His mother unfairly believes they have no money, not because his dad cannot find a better job, but because they lack good luck. Paul tells his mother that he has luck, but she does not really believe him.

Absorbed, taking no heed of other people, he went about with a sort of stealth, seeking inwardly for luck. He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it.

It is at times like these that Paul rides his wooden horse.

He would sit on his big rocking-horse, charging madly into space, with a frenzy that made the little girls peer at him uneasily. Wildly the horse careened, the waving dark hair of the boy tossed, his eyes had a strange glare in them. 

When he got off the...

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