The Rocking-Horse Winner Questions and Answers
by D. H. Lawrence

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In "The Rocking-Horse Winner", why does the narrator conceal the secret of the rocking horse until near the end of the story?

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The narrator does this to contrast Hester's greed and Paul's unselfish giving. When Paul begins winning money, he unselfishly gives it to his mother, Hester, without her knowing it is from him. Hester greedily takes the money without question as to where it came from. Unfortunately, Paul's luck seems to run short as his mother is still unsatisfied with the free income. Paul sacrifices his health, and eventually his life, to make his mother happy, to make sure that his mother will have anĀ abundance of money. In the end, Hester realizes that Paul is the one who has been providing the money. However, it is too late for her to show her love.

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