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What are main events in D. H. Lawrence's story "The Rocking-Horse Winner"?

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The first main event in "The Rocking Horse Winner," which functions to set the story into motion after the exposition is established, is Paul's conversation with his mother about luck. Paul's mother tells him that luck is what lets some people make a lot of money—and, since Paul knows how important money is to his mom, he becomes determined to be lucky. Shortly thereafter, Paul discovers his ability to predict horse races.

This new talent convinces Paul to secretly convince the gardener to place bets for him. He anonymously sends his mother a huge chunk of his winnings, and she finally gets to buy the luxuries she's desired. Paul's health is failing, however, and his mother's concern for him won't convince him to rest before the next big race. Paul's health is much worse, and he only barely manages to croak out the name of the winner for the big race before he collapses. His partners run off with the winnings from the race, and Paul dies after hearing the news. These are the most...

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