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A Comparison and Contrast of D H Lawrences The Rocking Horse Winner and Graham Greenes The Destructors The similarities and differences in D H Lawrences The Rocking-Horse Winner and Graham Greenes The Destructors reprinted in Laurence Perrine and Thomas R Arp Literature Structure Sound an Sense 6th ed Fort Worth Harcourt 1993 291-303 and 49- 60 are easy for the reader to see The settings of these two stories are different but two characters mother in The Rocking-Horse Winner and Trevor in The Destructors are very similar in that they are both evil characters The Rocking-Horse Winner is set in a pleasant house with a garden291 where a family consisting of mother father a boy and two girls live They have servants and beautiful surroundings and felt themselves superior to anyone in the neighborhood but the mother felt they had no luck 291 It becomes obvious early in the story that the house was haunted by a voice that could be heard all the time saying the words there must be more money 292 The boy Paul even hears the voice in the springs of his rocking horse The mother of the beautiful haunted house constantly wants more money Paul discovers that when he rides his rocking horse hard he mysteriously learns the winner at the horse races Using this mysterious knowledge Paul earns a lot of money through gambling Paul gives it anonymously to his mother in hopes that the money would stop the whispering but the voices in the house now screamed in a sort of ecstasy There must be more moneynow more than ever 299 One day in order to get the name of the next winner Malabar302 Paul fell critically ill Bassett the gardener who had been betting for Paul at the races bet heavy on Malabar and wins eighty thousand pounds Paul dies and Oscar Pauls uncle tells mother Hester youre eighty-odd thousand to the good and a poor devil
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