Identify the significance of following quotes from "The Rocking Horse Winner": (1) "It's what causes you to have money. If you're lucky you have money. That's why it's better to be born...

 

 

Identify the significance of following quotes from "The Rocking Horse Winner": (1) "It's what causes you to have money. If you're lucky you have money. That's why it's better to be born lucky than rich. If you're rich, you may lose your money. But if you're lucky, you will always get more money." (2) "There was a pause. Daffodil was an obscure horse comparatively." (3) "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, laddie!" said Uncle Oscar (4) "Let it alone, son! Don't you bother about it!" urged Uncle Oscar. But it was as if the boy couldn't really hear what his uncle was saying. (5) "Poor devil, poor devil"

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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1.  Paul's mother says this in response to the question he asks her: "What is luck?"  It represents her attitude about life and money--and since she believes her husband is not lucky, she's bitter.

2.  Uncle Oscar says this when Paul tells him about his betting practices.  Daffodil is Paul's prediction, a long shot, and his uncle is skeptical.

3.  Uncle Oscar says this after Paul agrees to let is mother have all the "inheritance" he has arranged for her.  Paul's philosophy is that he can make more money; his Uncle's is that it's better to be content with what you have than to want more.

4.  Uncle Oscar says this after Paul has lost money at the races and is frantically trying to rock his way to the next winner.  His line follows this one:  "He became wild-eyed and strange, as if something were going to explode in him." He tells Paul to relax because he's afraid Paul might explode--as he eventually does.

5.  Uncle Oscar says this as Paul has died.  He tries to comfort  his sister with the fact that she's just made 80,000 pounds even though she's lost her son. He is calling his nephew a "poor devil."

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