Short Story Sunday: D.H. Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner”

sssFirst line: “There was a woman who was beautiful, who started with all the advantages, yet she had no luck.

Preoccupation with money is at the heart of “The Rocking-Horse Winner.” A young boy grows up in a household where the family lives beyond their means, and becomes obsessed with money, luck, and gambling. The ending of the story is moralistic and definitely points to the style of another age, but money as the root of all evil is a theme that never lacks relevance, and this is a great entry point to Lawrence’s shorter works.

You can read “The Rocking Horse Winner” here.


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