The Rocking-Horse Winner by D. H. Lawrence

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner" by D.H. Lawrence, what does Paul keep hearing the house whisper?

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The author D. H. Lawrence takes the position that children can see and hear things that are no longer visible or audible to adults after they reach a certain age and become immersed in worldly problems. What Paul and his two sisters keep imagining they are hearing is the whole house expressing a need for more money, which is really only being felt by their mother.

And so the house came to be haunted by the unspoken phrase: There must be more money! There must be more money! The children could hear it all the time though nobody said it aloud. They heard it at Christmas, when the expensive and splendid toys filled the nursery. Behind the shining modern rocking-horse, behind the smart doll's house, a voice would start whispering: "There must be more money! There must be more money!"

Paul takes the childish course of riding his rocking-horse in the hope that it will take him to "where the luck is," because his mother has told him they are short on money and the things money can buy because...

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