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In "The Rocking Horse Winner," what is the setting of the story? What is the moment when the story moves from history to action?

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Actual horse races in England place the setting in the 1920s. The reader knows that this is an affluent neighborhood by the provisions the family is able to afford: the children have their own nursery, they are allotted a governess, and they enjoy a garden and "discreet servants."

The majority of the setting takes place inside their house, which is a character in itself. Because Hester, the mother, feels that they don't make "nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up," the house begins to call out from the very walls: "There just be more money! There must be more money!" This causes even the children to stop playing as they listen to the calls of the house. The house is also where Paul learns to ride his prophetic rocking horse, bringing his mother the money she so desperately desires.

The first few paragraphs are dedicated to the history of the family and the house. It focuses on the discontent of Hester, especially, noting how she had "started with all the...

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