The Rocking-Horse Winner Characters at a Glance

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" key characters:

  • In "The Rocking-Horse Winner," Paul is a young boy who fulfills his mother's desire for more luck and money by betting on horses. He plays the role of an adult, but his sacrifices for his family are not appreciated.

  • Hester is greedy and irresponsible, unable to love others because she is obsessed with acquiring material wealth.

  • Bassett is the family gardener who helps Paul carry out his money-making endeavor by placing his bets on horses.

  • Oscar Cresswell is Paul's uncle, who uses Paul's gift to further his own wealth and does little to help Hester and her family.


Bassett is the family gardener who helps Paul place bets on horses. He used to work around horses and racing and he...

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