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by D. H. Lawrence

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Many fairy tales involve a hero who goes on a journey to search for something of great value. What journey does Paul go on? What thing of value does he search for ? Is he successful?

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The journey Paul goes on is to win his mother's love. We learn in the opening of the story that Hester, his mother,

could not feel love, no, not for anybody.

She can't even love her own children, because something is missing inside her. Nobody else realizes this, but the children do.

When Paul, her oldest, finds out that his mother feels she has no luck, he decides to provide it for her. He knows she wants more money, just as everyone in the household does. The very walls of the house seem to be saying,

There must be more money! There...

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