In the beginning Sergeant Major Morris shows up to meet with the family and Mr.White then he asked more about a story about a monkeys paw that Sergeant Major Morris told and and told Mr.White the paw brings bad that and try to destroy the paw in the fire but Mr.Whit reached in and grabbed it and told Morris if he had know use he would use it.
Sergeant Major Morris left the home as he thought if Mr.White wished he would have bad luck Mr.White wished for 200 pounds and though it would have no effect as it is such a little amount.
The day after Mr.White wished for 200 pound Herbert went to work at the sawmill and hours later the owner came to the Whites house to break the news that Herbert got into a accident and got stuck in a machine and for compensation of Herbert he gave the family 200 pounds
Misses White remembered they had 2 more wishes and made Mr.White wish for Herbert to come back from the dead and he came home but was not human and Misses White did not know and tried to open the door but it got jammed Mr.White knew and looked for the paw to wish for Herbert to go back to the dead.
years later Misses White died and it was a snowy day and Mr.White died from the curse of the monkeys paw the paw was useless as it was used from three men.
A black cat is a famous and common superstition they are believed to be a witches spy or a animal shaped daemon.