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How does the boy's mistake about filthy lucker clarify the mother's thinking and her motivation in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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Paul and his mother have the conversation on luck one day when Paul asks his mother why they cannot afford to have a car of their own. His mother tells Paul that they cannot afford to have a car of their own because they are the “poor members of the family.” She also tells him that they are poor because his father is not a lucky man. This reminds Paul of a remark that his Uncle Oscar made one day about “filthy lucker” and how Paul thought that it meant money—and that luck, as such, is the same as money. Paul is then corrected by his mother, who tells him the difference between “luck” and “lucre.” She also explains to him that “luck is not money, rather, what causes one to have money.”

Through this conversation, Paul’s mother comes to herself understand some of the reasons why her family never...

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