They were playing chess (which the son won) in the living room until they heard a knock at their door. Mrs. White: it's okay you might have better luck next time. They all got up and answered the door.
This is a monkeys paw it can grant you three wishes but me knowing it's powers I will have to throw it into the fireplace so nobody gets hurt
Despite what the guy said he still decided to risk it and take the monkey's paw out of the fire and grant his first wish of 200 pounds for his house.