Rocking Horse Winner

Derek Summers & Kasten Walker

Summary

The rocking horse winner is a short story that tells us about how his mom was very unlucky and lived a very high class life but didn’t have the money to do so. Paul’s dad was very unlucky and that was the reason they had no money. Sense his mom was in a need for more money the house started whispering “there must be more money.” That christmas Paul got a small wooden rocking horse and he would go ride his horse in search for luck. Paul would ride till he would find the name of the winning horse in the upcoming horse race. After Paul’s uncle found out that he could predict the winning horse of the race, they started betting on horses and winning money. Now they are making money. No matter how much money he was making the whispers got louder and happened more often. Then one day his other uncle came in one day and asked what the name of his wooden horse was and he said it changes and it changes when he knows the name of the winning horse. So all three joined in and they all partnered. The derby was coming up and he was riding faster than ever trying to find the name of the winning horse and his mother came up to his room and found him riding. Paul had become so amped to find the answer that he could barely say it and he told his uncle that he was sure of it. Later that night Paul died and the horse he picked was the winner and his uncle put a lot of money on it and got the money for Paul's mom.

Literary Terms

  • Pram

    • Pram is the shortened version for perambulator.

    • Pram means a baby carriage of some sort.

  • Brazen

    • Brazen means bold and without shame

  • Shilling

    • Shilling is a former British coin and monetary unit equal to one twentieth of a pound or twelve pence.

Quotes

"The mother had a small income, and the father had a small income, but not nearly enough for the social position which they had to keep up."

"If you're rich, you may lose your money. But if you're lucky, you will always get more money."

"And in spite of himself, Oscar Cresswell spoke to Bassett, and himself put a thousand on Malabar, at fourteen to one."