The Rocking Horse Winner

By: D.H. Lawrence

Is luck, just money?

In this short story, a young boy and his family try to keep a reputation of being rich, when they're really not. His mother blames it on luck, for having no money. The son, then, hopes to find some luck of his own to help pay for the debt that they are in. He goes to a race track with horses, and seems to find some luck of his own. Maybe 5 thousand pounds of luck. Someone observes that the family has gained a fortune, by the boys luck, and lost a son. But that perhaps it is for the best considering the degree to which Paul, the boy, drove himself in his efforts to give his mother what she lacked. You never know what you have until it's gone.