What is happening in this passage of "The Rocking-Horse Winner"? Why does the mother believe she knows what the noise is?She stood, with arrested muscles, outside his door, listening. There was a...

What is happening in this passage of "The Rocking-Horse Winner"? Why does the mother believe she knows what the noise is?

She stood, with arrested muscles, outside his door, listening. There was a strange heavy and yet not loud noise. Her heart stool still. It was a soundless noise, yet rushing and powerful. Something huge, in violent, hushed motion. What was it? What in God's name was it? She ought to know. She felt that she knew the noise. She knew what it was. (Lawrence 147)

Expert Answers
kiwi eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The mother returns and hears the strange noise from inside her son's bedroom. The mother believes that she knows what the sound is because it is familiar to her. Paul has had the rocking horse since he was a child. He has outgrown the nursery, and he has had to justify keeping it to his mother-

"Surely you're too big for a rocking-horse!" his mother had remonstrated.

"Well, you see, mother, till I can have a real horse, I like to have some sort of animal about," had been his quaint answer.

"Do you feel he keeps you company?" she laughed.

"Oh yes! He's very good, he always keeps me company, when I'm there," said Paul.

The strange noise is Paul, frantically riding his rocking-horse to make him "lucky" enough to predict the winner of the Derby. The craving for money to sustain the household is a palpable presence and Paul is compelled - to death--to bring in "more money."

sharafat | Student

She stood, with arrested muscles, outside his door, listening.  There was a strange. heavy, and yet not loud noise.  Her heart stood still. It was a soundless noise, yet rushing and powerful  Something huge, in violent, hushed motion.  What was it?  What in God’s name was it?  She ought to know.  She felt that she knew the noise.  She knew what it was” (Lawrence 147).

 

What is happening in this passage?  Why does the mother find the sound both familiar and mysterious?

 

Read the study guide:
The Rocking-Horse Winner

Access hundreds of thousands of answers with a free trial.

Start Free Trial
Ask a Question