Inside the White family home, in Laburnam Villa. The story is set around the time it was published, in 1902. Outside, it's your typical dark and stormy night. Inside things are warm and cheery, with chess, knitting, and a roaring fire. As the story progresses, the house becomes progressively darker and spookier.
While at first the White's don't believe in the monkey's paw, they decide to make a wish anyway. Mr. White wants 200 pounds to pay off his house.
in the afternoon, a fancily dressed man pays the Whites a visit. He is from Maw and Meggins, the company Herbert works for. The man tells the Whites that Herbert has been killed in a machinery accident.The man says that the company takes no blame for Herbert's death but wants to give the Whites some money to help with their loss.