The Rocking-Horse Winner

Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) Character Analysis

Oscar is Paul’s wealthy, greedy uncle. He likes horse races and uses Paul’s tips to make bets himself. He also encourages Paul to give Hester some of his winnings. When Paul dies, Oscar suggests that Hester is better off having the money Paul made instead of having a strange son—or at least that Paul is better off dead than living in such a state. Ultimately it’s implied that Oscar values wealth above everything else, and was only using his nephew’s strange ability for his own benefit.

Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) Quotes in The Rocking-Horse Winner

The The Rocking-Horse Winner quotes below are all either spoken by Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) or refer to Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar). For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Penguin Classics edition of The Rocking-Horse Winner published in 2008.
The Rocking-Horse Winner Quotes

And he would slash the horse on the neck with the little whip he had asked Uncle Oscar for. He knew the horse could take him to where there was luck, if only he forced it. So he would mount again, and start on his furious ride, hoping at last to get there.

Related Characters: Paul, Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar)
Related Symbols: The Rocking-Horse
Page Number: 272
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“Oh, well, sometimes I’m absolutely sure, like about Daffodil,” said the boy; “and sometimes I have an idea; and sometimes I haven’t even an idea, have I, Bassett? Then we’re careful, because we mostly go down.”

Related Characters: Paul (speaker), Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar), Bassett
Related Symbols: The Rocking-Horse
Page Number: 277
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“I started it for mother. She said she had no luck, because father is unlucky, so I thought if I was lucky, it might stop the whispering.”

Related Characters: Paul (speaker), Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar), Hester, Paul’s father
Page Number: 278
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“My God, Hester, you’re eighty-odd thousand to the good, and a poor devil of a son to the bad. But, poor devil, he’s best gone out of a life where he rides his rocking-horse to find a winner.”

Related Characters: Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) (speaker), Paul, Hester
Related Symbols: The Rocking-Horse
Page Number: 285
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Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) Character Timeline in The Rocking-Horse Winner

The timeline below shows where the character Oscar Cresswell (Uncle Oscar) appears in The Rocking-Horse Winner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
The Rocking-Horse Winner
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One day Paul’s wealthy uncle, Oscar, interrupts Paul while he is riding his horse. He suggests that Paul is too old... (full context)
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Uncle Oscar asks Paul which horse he should bet on for the upcoming Lincoln horse race. After... (full context)
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Uncle Oscar looks into Paul’s bright blue and close-together eyes and promises he won’t tell anyone. Paul... (full context)
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Uncle Oscar takes Paul to a horse race, and Paul’s eyes look as though they are blazing... (full context)
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Paul, Bassett, and Uncle Oscar go on a walk and Paul explains that they always win when he is sure... (full context)
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Uncle Oscar asks Paul how he becomes “sure,” and Paul explains that he just knows. Bassett says... (full context)
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Instead of giving Hester money directly, Paul gives five thousand pounds to Uncle Oscar, who takes the money to the bank and arranges for one thousand pounds to be... (full context)
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...where she asks if she can have all five thousand pounds at once. Following Uncle Oscar’s advice, Paul agrees to give her all of the money at once. (full context)
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...because he doesn’t want to leave his rocking-horse—a secret about which even Bassett and Uncle Oscar don’t know. When Hester decides that Paul is too old to stay in the nursery,... (full context)
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After Paul’s death, Uncle Oscar tells Hester, whose name is finally revealed, that she is better off than she was... (full context)