Mr. White and his son, Herbert, are sitting at the living room table playing chess while Mrs. White is sitting my the fire, knitting. Herbert ended up winning the game of chess and Mr. White was not happy about it.
Sergeant-mayor stops by just to talk and catch up at the Whites house. He mentions and brings with him the monkeys paw.
Sergeant- mayor is explaining how the monkeys paw grants you 3 wishes and was enchanted by an Indian holy man. He explained the first persons experience and his experience with it which just got him angry.
Mrs. White makes a wish for money to pay off the mortgage. the next day her son, Herbert, dies in a work accident but the whites were rewarded the exact amount of their mortgage in workers compensation.
Mrs. White wishes for her son to come back to life. she is hoping this wish will go the right way and not kill someone else.
The reverse wish happens and Mr. and Mrs. White hear a knocking at the door. They realize it was their sons corpse that was knocking.