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by D. H. Lawrence

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How does Paul determine the names of the winning horses in Rocking Horse Winner? Does Paul always pick a winner?  How did he learn about horse-racing in the first place?

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Paul notices the whisperings of his house that "There must be more money!"—most likely the personification of his parents' struggles to pay their bills due to "the social position they had to keep up"—and seeks to find a way to stop the voices. He discovers that when he rides his big rocking horse, he is able to go into a trance-like state and learn the name of the next winner of the horse race.

Paul originally learns the ins and outs of horse racing from Bassett, the gardener. The two have many conversations about the winners before Uncle Oscar is made aware of the situation. Sometimes he is certain of the winner, and sometimes he isn't:

"Oh, well, sometimes I'm absolutely sure, like about Daffodil," said the boy; "and soetimes I have an idea; and sometimes I haven't even an idea . . . Then we're careful, because we mostly go down."

Paul goes through a spell...

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