Summary Analysis The story opens with a description of a woman still unnamed, but later revealed as Hester who is unlucky. She used to be in love with her husband when she married him, but at some point she stopped loving him. The woman also struggles to feel warmth or love for her children, and she feels as though she needs to make up for some mistake she has made, although she is not exactly sure what that mistake is. Others in the town remark on what a good mother she is, but she and her children know that she is not.
Plot summary[ edit ] The story describes a young middle-class Englishwoman who "had no luck". Though outwardly successful, she is haunted by a sense of failure; her husband is a ne'er-do-well and her work as a commercial artist does not earn as much as she would like.
The family's lifestyle exceeds its income and unspoken anxiety about money permeates the household. Her children, a son Paul and his two sisters, sense this anxiety; moreover, the kids even claim they can hear the house whispering "There must be more money.
He has been placing bets using his pocket money and has won and saved three hundred and twenty pounds. Sometimes he says he is "sure" of a winner for an upcoming race, and the horses he names do in fact win, sometimes at remarkable odds. Uncle Oscar and Bassett both place large bets on the horses Paul names.
After further winning, Paul and Oscar arrange to give the mother a gift of five thousand pounds, but the gift only lets her spend more. Disappointed, Paul tries harder than ever to be "lucky".
As the Derby approaches, Paul is determined to learn the winner. Concerned about his health, his mother rushes home from a party and discovers his secret.
He has been spending hours riding his rocking horse, sometimes all night long, until he "gets there", into a clairvoyant state where he can be sure of the winner's name. Paul remains ill through the day of the Derby.
Informed by Cresswell, Bassett has placed Paul's bet on Malabar, at fourteen to one. When he is informed by Bassett that he now has 80, pounds, Paul says to his mother: Mother, did I ever tell you?
But the boy died in the night. And even as he lay dead, his mother heard her brother's voice saying to her, "My God, Hester, you're eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad.
But, poor devil, poor devil, he's best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner. A young boy who notices that his mother doesn't love him and his sisters, even though she "adores" them.
She becomes "dissatisfied with her marriage" when she finds that her husband is not lucky and doesn't make enough money. The family gardener and friend. Is the one who gets Paul into horse racing, and later becomes "betting partners". Paul's uncle and his mother's brother. Provided the money that Paul used to make his first win at the horse race.
Signed the lawyer papers in order for Paul's mother to receive "one thousand pounds at a time, on the mother's birthday, for the next five years". Themes[ edit ] D. Lawrence suggests through his story that materialism and love cannot coexist.
Hester pressures Paul to satisfy her own materialistic desires. By demonstrating the lack of love in materialism, Lawrence suggests that external sources like money and luck cannot bring one happiness; instead, happiness must come from within.
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