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by D. H. Lawrence

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," what keeps the family members, especially Paul and his mother, connected to each other?

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Paul wants desperately to please his mother. Her constant complaints about not being "lucky" and the "whisperings" of the house are all indications that she is a very needy woman. In his youthful naivety, Paul thinks that by bringing in money, he will solve his mother's unhappiness. He does succeed in making his mother happy--for a while. And then all the complaints begin again. The mother's mood changes and desire for material possessions seem to have a sick hold on the rest of the family, including Paul. But nothing is ever going to make Hester happy. Even after her son has died, her brother has to remind her that she has more money but also a dead son.

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