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Without the rocking horse, young Paul would not be blessed with the good luck that, according to his mother, has always avoided his father. Although Paul has outgrown his childhood toy, he somehow determines that riding the horse will provide him with the winners of the local horse races. He does not predict the winners randomly or by himself; they come only while he secretly simulates the actual races on the rocking horse, and he apparently always picks (or the wooden horse whispers to him) the winner of the race. Critics claim that the horse also serves as a symbolic sexual device, as Paul works himself up to a furvor while wildly riding the wooden horse.
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