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What are the meanings of the characters's names in "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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Paul could be an allusion to the Paul found in the New Testament. Originally named Saul, he received a vision from God and was then blinded for three days. This vision led him to a new truth, and his life's focus took on an entirely new meaning. The Paul in this short story also receives visions while on his rocking horse, and this changes the focus of his life. He now lives to acquire money in an attempt to make his mother happy. Ultimately, he sacrifices his own life to do so. After much suffering, the...

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