Mr. White is expecting a visitor. Sargent- general comes by as he usually does. he gives Mr. White a quick story about a magical monkey paw that he has possession of. He gives Mr. White the paw and warns him to burn it.
Mr. White does not want to burn the paw, but he thinks the artifact is useless. Mr. White's son Herbert is a jockey fellow, and he wants his dad to wish for something. He wishes for 200 pounds, and nothing happens.
Herbert goes to work, and does not return. In hi place comes a mailman baring a letter. The mailman says that Herbert has been hurt, at his job, and says he is in no Pain. Mr, and Mrs. White realize that this means that Herbert is now dead. The letter contains the wish of Mr. Whites two pounds.
Mrs. White realizes that the paw still had two more wishes.She tells Mr. white to wish for Herbert to come back from the dead. Mr.White says its not a good idea. He goes along with the plan, and wishes for Herbert to come back to life.
There is a loud knocking at the door, Mrs. White assumes it Herbert. Mr.White pleads with his wife to not to open the door. Mrs. White goes against her Husbands wishes and begins to open the door. Mr. White makes one last wish.
When Mrs. White opens the door, and nothing is there exempt to a pile of clothes. Mrs. White starts to cry, and say what have you done. Mr.white looks in his hand and the hand is gone.