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Herbert and Mr. White are playing chess and Herbert is winning the game. It was storming outside and the fire in the fireplace was burning brightly.
Sergeant-Major Morris comes to visit his friend Mr. White. The Sergeant is back from India with a strange talisman from an old fakir.
After having being told that it brings sorrow over the people that use it, Mr. White uses it to wish for 200 pounds and he goes to bed scared that something will happen to him.
The next day, Herbert dies and the consolation price was 200 pounds, the money he had wished for the day before.
After having buried Herbert two miles away, there was little to talk about in the household, after a few days Mrs. White comes up with the idea to wish for Herbert back, Mr. White strongly disagrees.
After having wished Herbert back, they hear a knock on the door, Mrs. White tries to get it but Mr. White is holding her back she gets loose and tries to open the door, but Mr. White asks for the final wish, death.
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